Biden condemns 'deplorable' comments mocking veterans

But Goldberg's account was reinforced by the Associated Press and The Post; our reporters write that a former senior administration official confirmed "that the president frequently made disparaging comments about veterans and soldiers missing in action, referring to them at times as 'losers'".

"I've just never been as disappointed, in my whole career, with a leader that I've worked with, president or otherwise", Mr Biden added.

The order comes as Mr Trump works to appeal to his white, blue-collar base while fighting an uphill battle for re-election amid a divisive national reckoning over how non-white people are treated in America, especially by police but in other spheres as well. "It is a disgrace".

Biden is preferred to "lead the nation out of the coronavirus" by 57 percent of voters, while 58 percent said Trump had done a "bad job" of handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The allegations, sourced anonymously, describe multiple offensive comments by the president toward killed and captured USA service members during a trip to France in November 2018. "It's filled with losers", the magazine alleged. The White House later said the visit was cancelled because foggy weather made the helicopter trip from Paris too risky and a 90-minute drive was deemed infeasible.

"It could have been a guy like a John Kelly", the president said.

"There is nobody that respects them more ... what animal would say such a thing?"

Keith Kellogg, a retired Lieutenant General who now serves as the national security advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, said on Twitter late Thursday: "The Atlantic story is completely false".

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US troops and tanks are slated to arrive in Lithuania near the Belarus border on Friday for pre-planned military exercises. Security Council by video from Lithuania, to which she fled after the results of the August 9 election were published.

US President Donald Trump has said that the report on his purported remarks about fallen soldiers is a "fake story" while his White House press secretary said that liberal activists are only interested in peddling conspiracy laden propaganda.

Mr Trump did not meet with or speak to the man's family during the visit, instead meeting with law enforcement officials and viewing damage from protests triggered by the shooting. The Atlantic article also included unconfirmed claims that the USA president did not want to grant state honours to late Arizona Senator John McCain after his death from brain cancer in 2018, also describing him as a loser.

Mr Trump said no apology was necessary, because it was a "fake story". "When I watch Biden, getting asked questions that are really meant for a child to answer, anybody could answer, and I look at the level of question that you people ask, I mean honestly it's disgraceful".

Conservative pollster Frank Luntz asked Trump if it was appropriate for a man running for the country's highest office to refer to McCain - a war hero and navy pilot who became a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over Vietnam - as a "dummy".

The Military Times this week said a poll of service members in late July and early August showed support slipping for Trump.

Veterans also condemned the president's alleged remarks.

VoteVets posted online a video, in which six families of United States soldiers who died while on duty criticised Trump, each one declaring their children were not losers or suckers. "You don't know how to win anymore".

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