By Duncan Smith
One of the ‘journalists’ who has been accused of helping the Military-Industrial Complex lie our country into the Iraq war claimed in a ‘bombshell’ report in The Atlantic, where he serves as editor-in-chief, last week that President Trump called American World War I dead “losers” and “suckers” during a France trip in 2018.
In making those claims, Goldberg says he relied on four anonymous sources.
In the days since his claims and his supposed sources have been debunked big time by people who were actually with the president during the trip.
It says everything about how broken the media is that after @JeffreyGoldberg helped lie this nation into the Iraq War, he wasn't run out of journalism in embarrassment, but rather given promotions to continue his shoddy "journalism" unabated. Our "elites" constantly fail upwards. https://t.co/6Dp7smcMlT
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) September 6, 2020
Now, however, it appears as though the claims have been officially debunked or, rather, about as official as it can get.
Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Zach Fuentes denied to Breitbart News The Atlantic's account of President Donald Trump's comments about troops in Europe.
Fuentes unequivocally denied The Atlantic's report last week, a huge blow to the establishment media narrative. Fuentes personally briefed President Trump on the weather situation that led to the trip being canceled. He is also a close personal confidante of former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
'You can put me on record denying that I spoke with The Atlantic,' Fuentes told Breitbart News on Monday. 'I don't know who the sources are. I did not hear POTUS call anyone losers when I told him about the weather. Honestly, do you think General Kelly would have stood by and let ANYONE call fallen Marines losers?'
He specifically also stated that he believes The Atlantic's sources 'are unlikely first-hand accounts.'
'They are conflating those people from something the day after,' Fuentes said. …
The fact that Fuentes—Kelly's closest ally—is now publicly denying the report from The Atlantic is a monstrous strike against the credibility of the report. Several Trump critics, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton, have also denied this happened.
So, there you have it. Another source who would know says the president never called our war dead those names and besides, his then-chief of staff, John Kelly — who served decades as a Marine officer rising to the rank of 4-star general — would not have put up with it.
That’s about as an official debunking as we’re liable to get.
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