President Trump speaks to reporters at the White House on Friday ahead of the holiday weekend. The news conference comes a day after an article in The Atlantic alleged he had called American service members who died fighting “suckers” and “losers,” which.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday strongly denied The Atlantic’s report, saying it was based on “four cowardly anonymous sources, who probably do not even exist.”
How to watch President Trump’s news conference today
What: President Trump holds a news conference
Date: Friday, September 4
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Location: The White House, Washington, D.C.
Earlier Friday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper did not directly refute the report, saying only that Mr. Trump “has the highest respect and admiration for our nation’s military members, veterans and families. That is why he has fought for greater pay and more funding for our armed forces.”
Meanwhile, USA Today reported Friday that the Pentagon plans to shut down the military newspaper Stars and Stripes by September 30. The publication dates back to the Civil War.
Mr. Trump tweeted Friday that the funding to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes will not be cut “under my watch.”