President Donald Trump defended himself for the second time Friday against accusations in an Atlantic article that he mocked American war dead -- even suggesting that his former chief of staff leaked information to the magazine. (Sept. 4)
DONALD TRUMP: I don't know that it was him. I haven't seen that. I mean, I see anonymous, but it could have been a guy like a John Kelly.
Because he was-- because-- just so you understand, he was a very-- you look at some of his news conferences, what happened to him. He got eaten alive. He was unable to handle the pressure of this job. This job was a tough job. Mark Meadows, doing a great job but Kelly was unable to do that.
- What-- how are we supposed to read the fact--
DONALD TRUMP: Well, look--
- --that John Kelly hasn't--
DONALD TRUMP: Here's the thing, I know John Kelly. He was with me, didn't do a good job, had no temperament. And ultimately, he was petered out. He got-- he was exhausted. This man was totally exhausted. He wasn't even able to function in the last number of months. He was not able to function. He was sort of a tough guy. By the time he got eaten up in this world-- it's a different world than he was used to-- he was unable to function.
DONALD TRUMP: Look, I say what I say, and I never got along with John McCain. I disagreed with John McCain. You know that better than anybody, frankly. I wasn't a fan. I disagreed with many of his views.
I disagreed with his views on these ridiculous endless wars. I Disagreed with the way he handled the vets, the VA. The VA is running much better now, and we did with the Mission Act and the accountability and all the things we've done for the VA. He was not able to do that. But I disagreed with John McCain on a lot of things.
Just like so many other things, it's a hoax. And you'll hear more of these things, totally unrelated, as we get closer and closer to election.