Former President Donald Trump made derogatory comments about wounded U.S. military veterans after singing “God Bless America” during his presidency, according to a new report.
President Trump said that during a welcoming ceremony for Gen. Mark Milley at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in 2019, Army Capt. Luis Avila, who was critically injured in Afghanistan, sang “God Bless America.” After that, he is said to have made offensive remarks. The Atlantic newspaper reported.
“Why would you bring those people here? No one wants to see that, injured people,” Trump told Milley, who walked up to congratulate Avila after the performance, and several witnesses. He is said to have said this in front of him.
Avila, who was chosen by Milley to perform, completed five combat tours and lost a leg in an IED attack in Afghanistan, according to The Atlantic.
As a result of his injuries, he subsequently suffered two heart attacks, two strokes, and brain damage.
When Avila’s wheelchair nearly tipped over on the soft, wet ground, Milley’s wife, Holian, ran to help him, as did then-Vice President Mike Pence.
Video of the ceremony shows President Trump greeting Avila afterwards.
President Trump told Milley, who considers Avila and his wife, Claudia, symbols of American heroism and sacrifice, to never see the wounded veterans in public again.
The Atlantic reported that the general, who lost 242 of his men in combat in the Middle East, was deeply shaken by the comments.
“Millie’s family worships the military, and Trump’s attitude toward uniformed troops struck him as superficial, insensitive, and repulsive at the deepest human level,” the Atlantic report said.
According to the newspaper, Millie recently invited Avila to sing at her retirement ceremony.
According to reports, President Trump has many complaints about the U.S. military, including in 2018 when he allegedly called fallen soldiers “losers” and “sucks” at the Aisne-Marne U.S. military cemetery in France after refusing to attend a memorial service. He has a history of making derogatory comments about Reports from the Atlantic Ocean at the time.
Mr. Trump denied the remarks.
The 45th president clashed with several military officials during his four years in office.
John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who served as President Trump’s chief of staff in 2017 and 2018, slammed the president as “the most flawed person” he has ever met.
Similarly, James Mattis, also a retired Marine general who served as President Trump’s first Secretary of Defense. I have written “It was more dangerous than anyone could imagine,” the former president said.
Millie will retire next month after 44 years of military service.