Star Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin went public with a claim that her sources backed The Atlantic’s stunning claim last week that President Trump egregiously disrespected fallen and wounded soldiers during an overseas trip in 2018.
President Trump reacted to Griffin’s claims that her anonymous sources confirm the allegations by calling for Fox News to fire her for “this kind of reporting.”
Fox News is typically more objective and positive in its coverage of Donald Trump than any other mainstream media outlet, but Griffin bucked the trend by revealing on Friday that “Two former sr Trump admin officials confirm .@JeffreyGoldberg reporting that President Trump disparaged veterans and did not want to drive to honor American war dead at Aisne-Marne Cemetery outside Paris.“
Griffin also told Fox Host Bret Baier that her anonymous sources said Trump had called Americans that fought in Vietnam “suckers” — among other salacious claims.
Griffin did not reveal which former administration officials confirmed claims of the Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg, causing many to question whether Griffin’s contribution is worth the time of day.
Additionally, Breitbart pointed out that “Griffin did not tweet that she had failed to confirm the headline claim of the Atlantic piece, which was titled: “Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers.'”
Trump reacted furiously to the news, nonetheless, tweeting on Friday that Griffin’s claims were “all refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!”
Trump was likely referring to former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s claim that he “didn’t hear that” while he was on the trip with Trump. John Bolton is a notable Trump enemy that released an entire book full of accusations against Trump that did not include any reference to Griffin’s or Goldberg’s claims.
Numerous other administration officials that were with Trump on that trip denounced the report — including former Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Trump campaign national press secretary Hogan Gidley — claiming that the entirely anonymously sourced allegations are “disgusting, grotesque, reprehensible lies.”