The reporting was confirmed by the Associated Press.
Late on Thursday, Trump denied the report in a thread posted on Twitter:
I was never a big fan of John McCain, disagreed with him on many things including ridiculous endless wars and the l… https://t.co/rOAq9hrvZp— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1599187018.0
....John a loser and swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen s… https://t.co/mvPmknZIRH— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1599187018.0
Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot says Trump's denial means that those quoted have an obligation to come forward publicly.
This is devastating, disqualifying, and utterly credible. Since Trump is now denying what @JeffreyGoldberg has… https://t.co/NlIgpdK4SW— Max Boot (@Max Boot) 1599187605.0
Trump also blasted the reporting in comments to reporters:
The President responds https://t.co/xUzhcAL6OI— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi) 1599188497.0
A third news organization confirming the Atlantic’s reporting. https://t.co/cclIteOQAL— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡) 1599189856.0