President Donald Trump has faced criticism from Joe Biden and others over comments first reported by the Atlantic in which he allegedly diparaged merican service members interred at a World War I cemetery in France, remarks the president has forcefully denied making.

After a few days of the report being publicized, over 200 retired military officials endorsed President Trump’s reelection bid in an open letter Monday. Not only that, they accused the Democratic Party of being a home for left-wing radicals.

“As senior leaders of America’s military, we took an oath to defend the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” their letter read. “At present, our country is now confronted with enemies here and abroad, as well as a once-in-a-century pandemic. As retired military officers, we believe that Donald J. Trump has been tested as few other presidents have and is the proven leader to confront these dangers.”

Fox News also reported that 235 former U.S. military officers including retired Air Force generals and Navy admirals wrote that the U.S.’s “historic way of life is at stake” due to the “Democratic Party, welcoming socialists and Marxists” into its ranks.

The Trump campaign touted the letter in a statement, pointing to the president’s record on veterans’ issues and attacking his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“After years of neglect from the Obama-Biden administration, our service members and veterans have finally found a strong advocate in President Trump,” said the Trump campaign. “The Trump administration has rebuilt the military, completely overhauled the Department of Veterans Affairs, and launched groundbreaking initiatives to assist military families and prevent veteran suicide. In contrast, Joe Biden’s record on the military and veterans is one of failure: debilitating budget cuts, failed foreign policy decisions, and an inability to provide our nation’s heroes with the quality health care they deserve.”

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