The right-wing broadcaster’s national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin backed up the article in the The Atlantic magazine citing two anonymous former “senior” US officials in her reporting on Friday, saying they confirmed “key parts” of the story, though she noted that the sources could not confirm “the most salacious” part.
Using his favorite social media outlet Twitter, Trump wrote late Friday that Griffin “should be fired for this kind of reporting,” alleging that she never called the White House for comment. He further likened her report to the so-called “Dirty Dossier” that sparked a years-long probe of the alleged Russian collusion with his administration.
Jennifer Griffin of Fox News Did Not Confirm ‘Most Salacious‘ Part of Atlantic Story https://t.co/rUpbSWhHac via @BreitbartNews All refuted by many witnesses. Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020
According to the The Atlantic article, Trump had referred to dead American World War I troops in France as “losers” and “suckers” in 2018, further revealing that he had also canceled a trip to a military cemetery because he did not want his hair wet.
The Associated Press and The Washington Post later confirmed aspects of the story and Griffin wrote a Twitter thread and also went on air to outline how she had verified several claims in the article.