Donald Trump has unveiled a new campaign video paying tribute to the US military, insisting they were his “ real words ” – as opposed to, he has insisted, quotes belittling troops in the Atlantic.
The new video, tweeted by the president on Wednesday night, features a montage of scenes showing Trump thanking and commemorating military figures.
The video, titled “ Valor, ” scrolls through clips of Trump paying his respects at a military ceremony and awarding medals to senior veterans. Active duty troops are filmed in soft focus as families hug their military relative.
Everything is accompanied by a rousing soundtrack and the words of Trump praising the armed forces.
Donald Trump has unveiled a new campaign video, in a rebuttal to the Atlantic’s article
Trump tweeted the new campaign video of 2 minutes 30 seconds on Wednesday night
“The dignity, boldness and dedication of the US military is unmatched anywhere in the world,” he says.
He praised “the everlasting bonds of loyalty to our fallen heroes,” which he says Americans are reminded of every time they sing the national anthem.
“We remember the young Americans who were never given a chance to grow old, but whose legacy will outlive us all,” he continues, praising the Americans who gave their lives to fly the flag across seas and deserts.
“We stand with you today, and all the days to come – remember, mourn,” he says.
“They were angels sent from above, and they are now united with God again in the glorious kingdom of heaven.”
In the footage of a child waving the Stars and Stripes as fireworks explode on the horizon, he swears, “American freedom will never, ever die.”
“God bless America,” he concludes, as a fly by flies overhead.
The video shows the president praising military veterans
To an immersive, compelling soundtrack, Trump is filmed with swinging and raving veterans
In the Oval Office it is shown that a retired member of the military is being honored by Trump
The campaign video also shows Trump and his wife Melania visiting a cemetery
The president was apparently delighted with the work of his team.
These are my real words about our GREAT HEROES, not made up lies by the enemy. THANK YOU and God bless you all! he tweeted.
The White House has been counter-attacking since the publication of the highly damaging article in the Atlantic on Sept. 3.
The report cites four separate military sources and claims that Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in November 2018 because he feared the rain would tangle his hair.
Speaking to senior staff ahead of the planned visit, Trump reportedly asked aides, ‘Why would I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers. ‘
On the same trip, the president reportedly later referred to the more than 1,800 Marines who lost their lives in the Battle of Belleau Wood in France as ‘suckers’ because they were killed.
On Wednesday, the White House’s troubles piled up with leaked excerpts from Bob Woodward’s new book, further accusing Trump of belittling the armed forces.
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis once heard Trump belittle the top of the military, because he and other national security professionals had deep-seated concerns about the president, the book said.
Mattis heard Trump say at a meeting, “ My damn generals are a bunch of kitties, ” because the military leaders cared more about alliances than trade deals, the book gave the president’s reasoning.
Mattis, who shut down the administration in December 2018 after Trump decided to withdraw US troops from Syria, spoke to Woodward calling Trump “ dangerous, ” “ unfit, ” and saying he had “ no moral compass, ” according to excerpts. obtained by CNN.
President Donald Trump called his ‘fucking generals’ a ‘bunch of kitties,’ according to reports in Bob Woodward’s upcoming book
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis heard the comment and also told Woodward that he believed Trump was ‘dangerous’ and ‘unfit’ and said he had ‘no moral compass’.
Former National Intelligence Director Dan Coats’ continued to nurture the secret belief, one that had grown rather than declined, although unsupported by intelligence evidence, that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin had something about Trump, ‘the book said
He said he quit “when I was basically told to do something that I thought was beyond stupid to stupid.”
Mattis also believed that Trump’s actions on the world stage gave opponents a playbook on “how to destroy America.”
After leaving the government, he and Dan Coats, the former director of the national intelligence agency, discussed whether to take “ collective action ” and publicly come out against Trump.
Coats’ continued to nurture the secret belief, a belief that had grown rather than declined, although unsupported by intelligence evidence, that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin had something about Trump, ”Woodward wrote.
How can I explain the president’s behavior differently? Coats couldn’t see any other explanation, ”the famed Watergate journalist continued.
Coats and his associates had “scrutinized the intelligence as carefully as possible,” and the DNI still had questions about Trump’s relationship with Putin. ‘
“Coats saw how extraordinary it was for the president’s top intelligence officer to harbor such profound suspicion about the president’s relationship with Putin,” Woodward said. “But he couldn’t shake them off.”
CNN and then The Washington Post posted clips on Wednesday.