President Donald Trump announced that Fox News should fire a reporter who claimed to confirm the anonymously-sourced Atlantic report about him.
On Saturday, Trump called on Fox News to fire correspondent Jennifer Griffin over “this kind of reporting.” Griffin claimed to have verified some details of The Atlantic’s report, which was based on claims from four anonymous sources about incidents that allegedly occurred in 2018, but as Breitbart noted, she did not verify the report’s most explosive claim — that Trump had called dead American troops “losers” and “suckers” in 2018.
Like The Atlantic, Griffin’s sources were also unnamed and she reportedly never reached out to the White House for comment.
Furthermore, Trump expressed anger with Fox News as an organization for not vetting their correspondent’s claims.
In an extremely angry tweet, President Trump said, “Jennifer Griffin of Fox News Did Not Confirm ‘Most Salacious‘ Part of Atlantic Story via @BreitbartNews All refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!”
Jennifer Griffin of Fox News Did Not Confirm ‘Most Salacious‘ Part of Atlantic Story https://t.co/rUpbSWhHac via @BreitbartNews All refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020
President Trump and a plethora of former and current officials have come forward on the record to deny the story. Even former National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke out in defense of the president, saying, “I was there” and “I didn’t hear that.”
The situation around the Atlantic story has gotten extremely intense and anyone claiming to have information that substantiates such explosive allegations will need to have real sources who are willing to go on the record.
Officials deny report
Numerous witnesses have come forward to deny the Atlantic’s report, which was conveniently timed to hit just as Trump’s poll numbers were closing the gap with Biden.
Among them was former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said, “The Atlantic story on @realDonaldTrump is total BS. I was actually there and one of the people part of the discussion – this never happened.”
“I have sat in the room when our President called family members after their sons were killed in action and it was heart-wrenching…,” she added. “These were some of the moments I witnessed the President show his heart and demonstrate how much he respects the selfless and courageous men and women of our military. I am disgusted by this false attack.”
Retired Lt. General Keith Kellogg also came to the President’s defense, tweeting, “The story about the President disparaging Vietnam Vets is garbage. I am a two tour Vietnam Vet and have been with the President since 2015. He has NEVER said anything like this. He admires and loves the military. His first MOH approval was for a Vietnam Vet.”