Two top advisers to President Donald Trump vigorously defended the US commander in chief Friday after the publication of an article in The Atlantic alleging that he mocked American war dead. (Sept. 4)
- Have any of you, but particularly you, ever heard the president talk like that?
JARED KUSHNER: The answer is no. Look, what I find in Washington is strange is sometimes you'll have a couple unnamed sources and then the media treats that as a panacea. And then you'll have, you know, 10 people on the record saying it didn't happen and you give no credence to that.
That does not represent the way that I've seen the president conduct himself. He has tremendous respect for the military, for our veterans. He's, you know, again, the media tries to ascribe a different way, but you have to look at his actions. And I think his actions have been incredible towards supporting the military, strengthening the military, and strengthening our veterans.
ROBERT O'BRIEN: He's funded the military so that we can give them every tool necessary to accomplish their missions and come home safely. You know, so I think if you talk to any of us who work at the NSC, any of us who have worn the uniform before, whether it's Keith Kellogg, or Matt Pottinger, or myself, or Mark Milley-- over at the Pentagon-- or those that spend a lot of time with the president-- especially when military matters are discussed, when our current military personnel, our troops are discussed, our veterans are discussed-- you're not gonna find, you know, anybody who's more sympathetic to their situation than the president of the United States. So I don't believe a word of what was in "The Atlantic" article because I've had two and a half years of working side by side with the president and I've never seen anything like that. And I thought it was pretty disappointing that some magazine would write that.
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: Also, I want to address what is quite clearly fake news. The story in "The Atlantic" has been categorically debunked by eyewitnesses and contemporaneous documents. So why would a publication abandon all journalistic integrity and publish this story? It's because the liberal activists at "The Atlantic" are uninterested in the truth and they are only interested in peddling conspiracy-laden propaganda. Because here is the one truth. No one-- and I mean no one-- loves and cares for our servicemen and women as much as President Donald J. Trump. Thank you.
- Kayleigh, [INAUDIBLE].
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