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Sarah Sanders Denies Report That Trump Called Military Members “Losers” and “Suckers”

NATIONWIDE — Former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a new book about her tenure at the White House under President Donald Trump on Tuesday. 

What You Need To Know

  • Former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released her memoir “Speaking for Myself” on Tuesday
  • Sanders denied recent reporting from The Atlantic that claimed President Trump called military members “losers” and “suckers”
  • Sanders’ book was released the same day as a memoir from Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney

The memoir, entitled “Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House,” shines a light on Sanders’ nearly two-year tenure as one of the president’s closest allies. 

“I love the President and I love getting to be part of what he’s doing from this side,” Sanders told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopolous in an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America.

Sanders also vehemently defended the president against allegations that he disparaged deceased military members as “losers” and “suckers,” as was first reported by The Atlantic

The article alleged Trump made the comments as he begged off visiting the cemetery outside Paris during a meeting following his presidential daily briefing on the morning of Nov. 10, 2018. 

Stephanopoulos pointed out that Retired General John Kelly, President Trump’s Chief of Staff at the time of the alleged comments, has failed to comment on the matter, calling his silence “deafening.”

“That’s a question you’d have to ask General Kelly,” Sanders said. “What I can tell you, I was there that day. I was part of those conversations and those things didn’t happen.” 

The report has been confirmed in part by multiple news outlets, including CNN, the Associated Press, and Fox News. The Atlantic stands by their reporting.

Sanders also slammed former White House staff who have since spoken out against the President, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, referring to her former colleagues as “disgruntled employees.” 

“It’s really simple. I think mine is actually the honest account. You’re looking at people who have left as disgruntled employees, people who have tried to push their own agenda,” Sanders said. 

The book, which is largely complimentary towards the president, debuted on the same day as one authored by Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney. 

Cohen’s book, titled “Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” paints a decidedly darker picture of his own time with the President. 

The tell-all memoir makes the case that President Donald Trump is “guilty of the same crimes” that landed his former fixer in federal prison, offering a blow-by-blow account of Trump’s alleged role in a hush money scandal that once overshadowed his presidency.

Of all the crises Cohen confronted working for Trump, none proved as vexing as the porn actress Stormy Daniels and her claims of an extramarital affair with Trump, Cohen writes in his memoir.

Trump, despite his later protestations, green-lighted the $130,000 payment to silence Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, reasoning he would “have to pay” his wife a far greater sum if the affair ever became known, Cohen writes, adding the president later reimbursed him with “fake legal fees.”

“It never pays to settle these things, but many, many friends have advised me to pay,” Trump said, according to Cohen. “If it comes out, I’m not sure how it would play with my supporters. But I bet they’d think it’s cool that I slept with a porn star.”

The White House called Cohen’s memoir “fan fiction.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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