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WATCH: Trump holds news conference following accusations of U.S. military comments

President Donald Trump defended himself for the second time Friday against accusations in an Atlantic article that he mocked American war dead — even suggesting that his former chief of staff leaked information to the magazine.

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“I don’t know that it was him, I haven’t seen that. I mean, I see anonymous. But it could have been a guy like a John Kelly,” Trump said in a briefing with reporters at the White House on Friday.

The allegations, sourced anonymously in The Atlantic, describe multiple offensive comments by the president toward fallen U.S. service-members, including calling World War I dead at an American military cemetery in France “losers” and “suckers” in 2018.

The reported comments are shining a fresh light on Trump’s previous public disparaging of American troops and military families.

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Asked in the briefing whether he regrets making a public comment in 2015 saying John McCain is “not a war hero,” adding, “I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said on Friday “I say what I say.”

“I disagreed with many of his views. I disagreed with his views on these ridiculous, endless wars. I disagreed with the way he handled the vets. The V.A. Is running much better now,” he said.

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