Nearly 700 American veterans signed a letter in support of President Donald Trump after it was reported that he allegedly disparaged World War I veterans in 2018.
“Anyone who knows President Trump has seen his love and reverence for our military and veterans. That is why we, veterans from every generation, are writing today to reaffirm our support for President Trump,” they added, saying that the Atlantic article is designed to "divide the nation" and "meddle in the election."
"Throughout his administration, President Trump has consistently stood by our men and women in uniform and cared for them once they have returned to civilian life," the veterans' support letter said. It added that "Trump has demonstrated his unwavering support for America’s service members time and time again" and "has spent countless hours as president visiting battlefields and cemeteries, honoring Gold Star families and comforting them in their grief, and praising wounded warriors and honoring their sacrifice."
The veterans, in the letter, also said Democratic nominee Joe Biden would weaken the military and its various programs.
On Sept. 4, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, and former national security adviser John Bolton disputed the account in the Atlantic.
Pence also denied the report, saying that Trump never scuppered his visit to the cemetery because of his hair.
“It never happened. I talked to the president that day. I know how disappointed President Trump was that there was a bad weather call that did not permit him to fly to Belleau Wood to honor our fallen there,” Pence said in a televised interview.