PRESIDENT Donald Trump said soldiers are "in love" with him, but that Pentagon leaders "probably aren't because they want to do nothing but fight wars."
Trump's comments came at a White House press conference on Labor Day, after nearly 700 US veterans signed a letter in support of him following claims that the president called dead soldiers "losers."
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Trump criticized Democratic opponent Joe Biden on Monday as he launched into his comments that US soldiers "love" him.
"I'm not saying the military's in love with me. The soldiers are," Trump said during the press conference.
"The top people in the Pentagon probably aren't because they want to do nothing but fight wars, so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.
"But we're getting out of the endless wars. You know how we're doing," Trump added.
The president added that the US defeated "100 percent of the ISIS caliphate," saying "it was a mess" when he entered the White House.
Trump's comments came after around 675 soldiers signed their names in support of the president, as it was reported that he allegedly called deceased soldiers and veterans "losers."
Trump denied the claims, reported last week in an article from The Atlantic, as a "hoax."
In an open letter obtained by Breitbart News, veterans condemned "baseless" attacks by "anonymous sources".
"Anyone who knows President Trump has seen his love and reverence for our military and veterans," the letter, dated September 4, said.
"That is why we, veterans from every generation, are writing today to reaffirm our support for President Trump."
The letter addressed claims that Trump said he would not visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018 as it's "filled with losers."
Trump allegedly told senior staff the morning of the visit, "Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers," The Atlantic reported.
At the time, the White House cited poor weather as the reason the visit was canceled.
"We heard these same attacks in 2018 immediately following the President's trip to Paris, and they are just as fake now as they were then," the letter obtained by Breitbart said.
The veterans called the allegations "false," and said the trip was canceled due to "bad weather."
The letter noted that several White House officials – including "the Secret Service agent in charge of the President's detail and John Bolton" both said the weather was the reason for the canceled trip.
"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 wrote.
The letter then claimed Trump's Democrat opponent "Joe Biden's record simply does not stand up to scrutiny, and they seek to distract the American people from that fact."
It claims the Department of Veterans Affairs "was a disaster" under the Obama-Biden Administration, and Biden is "running on a radical left-wing agenda that would further weaken America's security and standing in the world.
They called the claims that Trump called the soldiers "losers" a "total lie."
"President Trump's tireless efforts to strengthen and support the military community are a part of his indisputable record," the letter said.
"He has done more for our nation's service members and veterans than any previous administration. The veteran community firmly rejects these lies from the mainstream media, and we stand by our Commander-in-Chief, now, and on Election Day."
Trump denied the claims that he called dead soldiers "losers" and "suckers" on Twitter on Thursday, and again at a press conference on Friday.
"There is nobody that feels more strongly about our soldiers, our wounded warriors, our soldiers that died in war, it's a hoax," Trump told reporters on Friday.
"It's a hoax, just like the fake dossier was a hoax, it was a total hoax, just like so many other things, it's a hoax."
Also at the Monday press conference, Trump demanded a reporter take off his mask, as he said the questions sounded "muffled."
"You're going to have to take that off, please," Trump said.
Trump questioned how far away the reporter was – to which the journalist said they would simply "speak a lot louder," declining to remove his mask.
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