Jumat, 04 September 2020

US presidential nominee Joe Biden slams Donald Trump over alleged comments mocking US war dead - ABC News

US presidential nominee Joe Biden has declared President Donald Trump "unfit" for the position, delivering an impassioned reaction to a report that Mr Trump mocked America's war dead.

The President and his allies have dismissed the report, published in The Atlantic, as false.

The allegations, sourced anonymously, describe multiple offensive comments allegedly made by the President toward fallen and captured US service members, including referring to World War I dead at an American military cemetery in France as "losers" and "suckers" in 2018.

The Associated Press said it had independently confirmed many of the comments.

Mr Biden told reporters that, if true, Mr Trump's comments were "deplorable".

"I've just never been as disappointed, in my whole career, with a leader that I've worked with, president or otherwise," Mr Biden added.

He added that "the President should humbly apologise to every Gold Star mother and father, to every Blue Star family that he's denigrated … Who the heck does he think he is?"

Trump says no apology needed for 'fake story'

President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he stands on a airfield runway at night.
Mr Trump told reporters he had never uttered such comments.(AP: Evan Vucci)

Mr Trump said no apology was necessary, because it was a "fake story".

"I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes," he told reporters.

"There is nobody that respects them more … what animal would say such a thing?

"It was a terrible thing that somebody could say the kind of things — and especially to me because I've done more for the military than almost anybody else," he said.

Mr Trump was alleged to have made the comments in November 2018, as he was set to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery during a trip to France.

The White House said the visit was scrubbed because foggy weather made the helicopter trip from Paris too risky and a 90-minute drive was deemed infeasible.

Mr Biden grew angry as he made his critique against Mr Trump, speaking about his late son Beau's service in the Delaware Army National Guard.

"When my son was an assistant US attorney and he volunteered to go to Kosovo when the war was going on, as a civilian, he wasn't a 'sucker'," Mr Biden said.

"When my son volunteered to join the United States military as the attorney-general, he went to Iraq for a year, won the Bronze Star and other commendations, he wasn't a 'sucker'."

Beau Biden died of cancer in 2015.

Mr Biden has framed the election from the start as a referendum on Mr Trump's character.

Military families were broadly supportive of Mr Trump in the 2016 election, and a Pew Research Centre survey of veterans conducted in June 2019 found overall that veterans were more supportive of Mr Trump than the general public.


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