Washington — US President Donald Trump was on the defensive on Sunday over what critics said was a “pattern” of disrespect towards the US military following media reports that he had disparaged fallen veterans, the fallout from which could harm his campaign for re-election on November 3.

Democratic and Republican opponents alike at the weekend seized on the reports — which said that Trump had called US soldiers buried in Europe “losers” — to attack his record on the military on news shows and in political ads...

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