WASHINGTON — A livid Joe Biden demanded Friday that President Donald Trump “humbly apologize” to the households of fallen U.S. service members following reports that Trump called them “losers” and “suckers.”

Biden, the Democratic nominee, invoked the navy historical past of his personal son — Beau Biden, who died of most cancers in 2015 — as he denounced the president, who has denied making the reported feedback.

“When my son was an assistant U.S. attorney and he volunteered to go to Kosovo while the war was going on as a civilian, he wasn’t a sucker,” Biden stated. “When my son volunteered and joined the United States military as the attorney general and went to Iraq for a year, won the Bronze Star and other commendations, he wasn’t a sucker,” Biden stated.

“The servicemen and women he served with, particularly those who did not come home, were not losers. If these statements are true, the president should humbly apologize to every Gold Star mother and father and every Blue Star family that he’s denigrated and insulted,” Biden added.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talks together with his son U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden (L) at Camp Victory on July 4, 2009 close to Baghdad, Iraq. Bidden’s first go to to Iraq because the Vice President comes days after U.S. forces pulled out from Iraq’s cities.

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Biden’s remarks got here a day after The Atlantic reported that Trump declined to go to an American cemetery close to Paris in 2018 and referred to U.S. Marines buried there as “losers” and “suckers.”

“Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” Trump informed aides after scrapping the go to to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, in keeping with The Atlantic. The journal didn’t determine the aides. The report stated Trump later referred to the greater than 1,800 Marines who misplaced their lives within the Battle of Belleau Wood in France as “suckers” for getting killed.

At the time, Trump publicly blamed his determination to scrap the go to on dangerous climate that scuttled his helicopter flight. He by no means defined why he did not take a automotive to the location. 

The 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood dragged on for 20 days and ended with U.S. Marines efficiently clearing out German camps. The Allied victory grew to become a permanent image in U.S. Marine Corps historical past. 

“I’ve just never been as disappointed in my whole career,” Biden later stated within the remarks. “It is a disgrace.”

Trump had used the identical phrase to explain the article itself. “To think that I would make statements negative to our military and fallen heroes when nobody has done what I’ve done,” for the U.S. armed forces, Trump informed reporters Thursday evening. “It’s a total lie … It’s a disgrace.”

Trump marketing campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh stated in a assertion to CNBC that, “The bogus attacks are the same as we heard in 2018 immediately following the trip to Paris and they are just as false now. “Every side of this charade must be dismissed out of hand,” Murtaugh said in the statement, which did not directly address Biden’s remarks.

Members of the Trump administration also denied that the president spoke disparagingly about fallen U.S. military personnel buried at the cemetery.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during an interview on “Fox & Friends” that he has “by no means heard the president use the language that is actually stated in that article about him calling navy suckers and losers.”

“Indeed, simply the opposite, he has all the time had the deepest respect. I’m a veteran, too. I care deeply about these younger women and men, and I’ve watched the president honor them and each scenario that I’ve been in with him as effectively,” Pompeo said.

In a statement Friday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Trump “has the very best respect and admiration for our nation’s navy members, veterans and households,” adding, “That is why he has fought for better pay and extra funding for our armed forces.”

Vice President Mike Pence told CNBC on Friday that he was not on the particular trip referenced in The Atlantic article but, “it by no means occurred.”

“I talked to the president that day, I understand how disenchanted the president was that there was a dangerous climate name. I’ve by no means been with anybody who cares extra deeply in regards to the women and men of our armed forces or respects them and their households than President Donald Trump,” Pence stated.