Trump denies reports he called fallen soldiers 'losers' and says it was 'honor' to grant state funeral for John McCain

DONALD Trump has vehemently denied "fake news" reports that he called fallen soldiers "losers" and insists it was "his honor" to grant a state funeral for John McCain.

The president cleared his name in a Twitter rant on Thursday evening.

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"I was never a big fan of John McCain, disagreed with him on many things including ridiculous endless wars and the lack of success he had in dealing with the VA and our great Vets, but the lowering of our Nations American Flags, and the first class funeral he was given by our….

"..Country, had to be approved by me, as President, & I did so without hesitation or complaint. Quite the contrary, I felt it was well deserved.

"I even sent Air Force One to bring his body, in casket, from Arizona to Washington. It was my honor to do so."

McCain, the Arizona senator who died last month at 81, was remembered as a man who inspired other leaders even as he vexed them with a rebellious streak and impish humor.

Absent from the event was Trump, invited to stay away by the family of the senator, who had deep disagreements with the president.

In his absence, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials represented the administration.

Pence at one point said that Trump, who mocked McCain for being captured, "respected his service to the country."

Trump's tweets continued: "Also, I never called….John a loser and swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES.

"This is more made up Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election!"

The president's response comes just hours after The Atlantic claimed that Trump said he wouldn't visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018 because it's "filled with losers."

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