The Atlantic epitomized fake news last week when it published a report citing only anonymous sources who claimed that President Donald Trump, during his 2018 trip to the World War I Cemetary in France, referred to buried soldiers as “suckers” and “losers.”
Since last Thursday, when The Atlantic published this “report,” a number past and present members of the Trump administration, some pro-Trump, some anti-Trump, have come forward to dispute the outlet’s claims. This continued over the weekend, with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie.
Sunday, during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Wilkie blasted The Atlantic’s report, saying, “I would be offended, too, if I thought it was true. I am very proud that this president has led to a renaissance in veterans affairs.”
Wilkie went on to make it clear that the matter for him is a simple one: he can either believe The Atlantic’s anonymous sources or he can believe the president himself, whom he has worked with. Wilkie said that the President Trump portrayed by The Atlantic is not the President Trump that he knows.
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