United States Ambassador to France Jamie McCourt said Monday President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE never disparaged fallen American soldiers despite recent allegations.
McCourt was present the day Trump called off the visit to the cemetery at Belleau Wood due to inclement weather, she told Breitbart News in an interview.
In a bombshell report published by The Atlantic's editor-in-chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, last week, unnamed sources claimed the president called dead American service members "losers" and "suckers," allegedly calling into question the importance of speaking at the cemetery in November 2018.
"Needless to say, I never spoke to The Atlantic, and I can't imagine who would," McCourt told Breitbart News.
"In my presence, POTUS has NEVER denigrated any member of the U.S. military or anyone in service to our country. And he certainly did not that day, either," she added.
McCourt said the president was very disappointed he could not visit the cemetery at Belleau Wood, adding, "In fact, the next day, he attended and spoke at the ceremony in Suresnes in the pouring rain."
Her account and defense of Trump amid The Atlantic article's allegations come as numerous top officials have vouched for the president, denying any claims in the report are valid.
Last week, former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonEquilibrium/Sustainability — Fire calls infrastructural integrity into question Will Biden's 2021 foreign policy failures reverberate in 2022? Biden is losing contest of wills with Iran over nukes MORE said he never heard the president speak ill of fallen Americans.
Other officials such as Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoRussia suggests military deployments to Cuba, Venezuela an option The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Winter is here for Democrats Overnight Defense & National Security — Nuclear states say no winners in global war MORE, Trump advisers Stephen MillerStephen MillerPennsylvania Republican David McCormick launches Senate campaign McEnany sits down with Jan. 6 investigators Legal aid groups want little to no part of re-upped Remain in Mexico program MORE, Jordan Karem and Derek Lyons and several more have defended the president.
"Honestly, do you think General Kelly would have stood by and let ANYONE call fallen Marines losers?" Fuentes asked.
Sources alleging the president's words against veteran soldiers are entirely anonymous, granting no clear view about the validity of what these contacts claim to know.
On Monday after Fuentes came out in defense of him, Trump said, "I think that's now number 15. These are people that were there. That's the 15th person — Gen. [Keith] Kellogg, everybody that was there, knew what happened. So I was happy to see Zach came out and said it's not true."
President Trump talks about top John Kelly aide Zach Fuentes coming out against the Atlantic’s reporting.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 7, 2020
“I do appreciate Zach coming out. He’s now the 15th person to deny it.” pic.twitter.com/u1Kd35MD1h