Trump praises fmr Army man, Fox News’ Pete Hegseth and calls for Jennifer Griffin to be fired

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President Donald Trump gave a shout out to Fox News host Pete Hegseth soon after he had railed against the network and one its correspondents over claims he disparaged military veterans.

The president praised the “Fox & Friends” host on Twitter Saturday, soon after Hegseth, a former Army National Guard officer, had defended the president against the claims.

(Source: Fox News)

Trump tweeted “Great job @PeteHegseth, one of a kind!” and tagged the network’s morning show.

Earlier, Trump had called for Fox News to fire Hegseth’s colleague at the network, Jennifer Griffin, and cited a Breitbart story on her reporting.

“Jennifer Griffin of Fox News Did Not Confirm ‘Most Salacious‘ Part of Atlantic Story,” he tweeted.

“Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!” the president wrote, referring to the national security correspondent who had backed up claims being made in an explosive story published in The Atlantic.

The story report had sparked a furor this week as editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg cited multiple unnamed sources in reporting that Trump intentionally skipped a 2018 visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France where thousands of American war dead are buried.

The article claimed Trump did not want to make the stop “because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead.”

The so-called sources also claimed that the president called the more than 1,800 marines who had died at the battle of Belleau Wood “suckers” for losing their lives.

Trump and many others refuted the claims, proving with documentation that the cemetery visit had been scrapped due to bad weather at the time. Even former National Security Advisor John Bolton came out and said that he “didn’t hear” Trump say the disparaging remarks.

However, Griffin reported that two anonymous former “senior” U.S. officials had confirmed “key parts” of The Atlantic story. Former Fox News host Greta van Susteren  challenged Griffin to name the sources, adding in a tweet, “I hate this overuse of anonymous sources.”

The president continued to slam the Atlantic story, and the “slimeball reporter” on Saturday shortly before his shout out to Hegseth.

Meanwhile, Hegseth’s remarks on “Fox & Friends Weekend” Saturday offered strong support for the president who has always, as he pointed out, shown his respect and love for America’s veterans.

The article and the claims run “contrary to what people who know President Trump know about his disposition, his love for vets, his love for the troops and appreciation for their service,” Hegseth said during one of his many defenses of Trump through the program. “The leftist media created this story because they need to change the narrative or create a new narrative.”


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