Trump: Steve Jobs’ widow is wasting his money

Laurene Powell Jobs

US President Donald Trump said Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs, who owns a majority stake in The Atlantic, is wasting her late husband’s money.

Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, reported that Trump in November 2018 told senior staff that the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in France was “filled with losers” and that in a separate conversation he called the 1,800 Marines who died at Belleau Wood “suckers” for getting killed.

The article, which was allegedly based on “four sources” who did not wish to be named, also claimed that Donald Trump was furious when the White House lowered flags to half-staff following the death of Republican and Arizona Senator John McCain.

Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN and Fox News confirmed some elements of The Atlantic’s 1,500-word report, but Trump and his allies have denied such comments were made, Politico reported.

Trump on his Twitter page criticised Laurene Powell Jobs.

Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money he left her on a failing Radical Left Magazine that is run by a con man (Goldberg) and spews FAKE NEWS & HATE. Call her, write her, let her know how you feel!!!” Trump said in a tweet on Sunday.

Trump’s tweet shared one from Charlie Kirk, the president of the right-wing non-profit organisation Turning Point USA, who said that Laurene Powell Jobs donated around US$600,000 to the Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign this year.

Laurene Powell Jobs married Steve Jobs in 1991 and the couple remained together until Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011 at the age of 56. Powell Jobs inherited US$27.5 billion when her husband died.

She gained majority ownership of The Atlantic in 2017 through her company Emerson Collective, which she founded in 2004 as a “social change organisation”.

Laurene Powell Jobs donated US$2 million to Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign against Trump in 2016.

On Sunday, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie praised Trump’s presidency and put Goldberg’s allegations with past stories citing unnamed officials that the president has dismissed as fake news and hoaxes.

“I think anonymous are the same people that brought you fake heart attacks, fake strokes, Russian collusion,” Wilkie said on CNN’s State of the Union program.

“I see the proof in the pudding. The proof in the pudding is our military is stronger, and our Veterans Affairs Department is in a place that it has never been. This is the renaissance, and it’s all because of one man.”

Donald Trump’s 2020 Press Communications Director Erin Perrine understandably criticised Goldberg and The Atlantic‘s use of anonymous sources.

Perrine said it’s “really clear that The Atlantic sources are lying,” citing current and former administration officials who have gone on the record to deny the article.

“There’s White House emails that prove that this story is false and you have eight people of the 10 that have gone on the record with direct, firsthand knowledge,” she said. “These aren’t sources. These are people who were really there and are out there saying that this is false.

“I think it’s pretty clear here that journalism was abandoned, that journalistic integrity has to be in question here when you have four off-the-record, anonymous sources who are trying to hide their identities instead of standing up to level such disgusting accusations against the president of the United States,” Perrine added.

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