Trump calls Americas WWI war dead 'losers' and 'suckers' - report

Four senior staffers have reportedly claimed US President Donald Trump called dead American soldiers "suckers" and "losers".

Trump cancelled a visit to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in 2018, The Atlantic reports, claiming the rain had grounded his helicopter, the Secret Service had refused to drive him there and he didn't see why it was necessary to honour the dead veterans.

He was also reportedly worried the bad weather would ruin his hair.

"Why should I go to that cemetery? It's filled with losers," Trump said, according to four sources with firsthand knowledge.

On the same trip, Trump referred to the 1800 marines who died at Belleau Wood in WWI as "suckers" for getting killed.

1918's Battle of Belleau Wood was the first major engagement of the US army in WWI. More than 2000 US soldiers are buried at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.

The White House issued a statement denying the report, claiming that it has "no basis in fact".

"This report is false. President Trump holds the military in the highest regard. He's demonstrated his commitment to them at every turn," White House spokesperson Alyssa Farah told The Atlantic.

The Atlantic report also claimed Trump asked his staff not to include wounded veterans in a military parade because "nobody wants to see that".

The sources quoted in the report spoke out on the condition they would remain anonymous.