Former national security adviser John Bolton has added his voice to those denying claims that President Trump disparaged fallen American soldiers in France and said the trip was instead canceled due to bad weather - having initially punted on the claims.
It comes following a controversial report in The Atlantic last week that accused Trump of describing the Aisne-Marne American World War I cemetery in France as being 'filled with losers' after he canceled a 2018 planned trip.
Bolton dismissed the claims as 'simply false' during an appearance on Fox News' The Story on Monday.
His comments comes days after Bolton said Trump's alleged remarks about American service members would be 'despicable' if true. 'These comments are despicable. If he made them, they are despicable,' he said in an interview with Bloomberg on Friday.
The former national security adviser has come to Trump's defence on the issue despite having been vocally critical of the President in the past and even writing a bombshell book, 'The Room Where It Happened', which painted Trump as incapable of handling foreign relations and only concerned with his re-election.
Bolton is the latest US official to cast doubt over the report in The Atlantic, after Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie and former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney last week leaped to Trump's defence saying the report was fabricated.
Former national security adviser John Bolton (pictured) has added his voice to those denying claims that President Trump disparaged fallen American soldiers in France
Bolton dismissed the claims as 'simply false' during an appearance on Fox News' The Story on Monday
The French president pictured with Donald Trump during his visit to France in 2018, when the planned trip to a World War I cemetery was cancelled
'According to what that article said, the president made disparaging remarks about soldiers and people buried in the cemetery in connection with the decision for him not to go to the ceremony that was planned that afternoon, and that was simply false,' Bolton said during the interview.
'I don't know who told the author that, but that was false.'
He added that Trump had cancelled the trip to the cemetery because of the weather rather than out of any disdain for the fallen soldiers.
'The main issue was whether or not weather conditions permitted the president to go out to the cemetery,' the former national security adviser claimed.
But he added: 'The president has a habit of disparaging people whose name doesn't end in Trump.'
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron with U.S. President Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, during their visit to the country in November 2018. Bolton claimed Trump had not visited the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery during the trip due to adverse weather conditions
Retired United States Marine Corps general and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly pictured at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in November 2018, marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice
Tombs are pictured at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, on November 10, 2018
Bolton's denial was a change of tune for the former aide, who on Friday had told the New York Times: 'I didn't hear that.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
'I'm not saying he didn't say them later in the day or another time, but I was there for that discussion.'
The report, published by the Atlantic