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WH’s McEnany: ‘Atlantic’ Report On Trump Has Been Categorically Debunked By Witnesses, Clearly Fake News


WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY 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. The Atlantic claims “When President Trump canceled the visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last minute decision according to the Atlantic, saying the helicopter couldn’t fly, and that Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true, says the Atlantic. That has been debunked. Behind me, you will see an email from one of the president’s military aides that clearly reads, “We are at bad weather call for it today’s lift.” The Atlantic reporting is based on four cowardly and an anonymous sources who probably did not even exist. Meanwhile, within hours, 10 sources, 10 went on the record debunking these lies, 8 with first-hand knowledge stating on the record 1 common truth, that this story is false. It never happened. Adding to the eight that were previously counted, I’m bringing you two new ones. One is from Derek Lyons, staff–staff secretary and counselor to the president who says this. “I was with the president the morning after the scheduled visit. He was extremely disappointed that arrangements could not be made to get him to the site and that the trip had been cancelled. I have worked with the president for his entire administration. One of my responsibilities is working with him on the many letters he signs to the families of our nation’s fallen heroes. In all my time at the White House,” Derek writes, “I have never heard him utter a disparaging remark of any kind about our troops. In my view, he holds the brave men and women of our armed forces in the highest regard.” I also bring to you today another quote from a former ad. member–member of this administration, Dan Walsh, deputy chief of staff, former deputy chief of staff who was also a retired military officer. I got off the phone with Dan just before coming out here and he wanted me to share with you all, “I can attest it to the fact that there was a bad weather called in France and that the helicopters were unable to safely make the flight. Overall, the president’s support and respect for our American troops past and present is unquestionable.” And Dan recounted to me several events he went on with the president like a World War II veteran who flew with the president on the helicopter in Normandy visits the president had with our wounded warrior’s special OPS teams who came to the Oval Office, including the team that got al-Baghdadi and they brought along Conan, the dog as well. He met with families at the army Navy game. He does this routinely and at the World Series when he got an opportunity to go watch the Nationals, he brought veterans with him. And I can tell you from what I’ve seen from this dash from this president, I have heard him describe his visits to Walter Reed in detail and the angst he his head and the compassion he has had and the hurt he has had viewing these warriors who have been–been absolutely injured in the line of duty and our courageous heroes. And I’ve heard him recount how meaningful those visits are. I’ve also seen him just today before this article came up talk about there was random lightning popping around and he said I wanted to go out there and I wanted to talk to our World War II veterans. This is America’s greatest generation and the president holds them in the highest of regards. 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 service men and women as much as President Donald J Trump. Thank you.

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