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President
Donald Trump stands amongst the headstones during an American
Commemoration Ceremony, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018, at Suresnes
American Cemetery near Paris. Trump is attending centennial
commemorations in Paris this weekend to mark the Armistice that
ended World War I. November 11, 2018.

AP

  • President Donald Trump told Fox News he should’ve gone to
    Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, but said he was
    “extremely busy” at the time. 
  • Trump told anchor Chris Wallace: “I should have done that, I
    was extremely busy on calls for the country, we did a lot of
    calling as you know.”
  • The president was recently bashed for skipping a visit to a
    World War I memorial in France
    because it was raining.

President Donald Trump told Fox News he should’ve gone to
Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, but said he was
“extremely busy” at the time. 

In an interview set to air on Sunday, Fox host Chris Wallace
asked Trump why he didn’t go to the famed cemetery on Veterans
Day, noting former President Barack Obama “went every year he was
here in DC.”

“I should have done that, I was extremely busy on calls for the
country, we did a lot of calling as you know,” Trump said,
according to a transcript.

Wallace challenged him, emphasizing the importance of the day.

“But this is Veteran’s Day,” he said to Trump. 


President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, during a Veteran's Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
President
Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns,
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, during a Veteran’s Day ceremony at
Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Associated Press

The president suggested he thought it was OK for him to skip a
visit to Arlington this year because he’d just marked the
centennial of the end of World War I in France.

“I could have done that. As you know, I just left the day before
the American Cemetery and I probably think, and that was one
where it was raining as hard as you can imagine and I made a
speech at the American Cemetery the day before. And I probably,
you know, in retrospect I should have and I did last year and I
will virtually every year,” Trump said. 

The president added: “But we had come in very late at night and I
had just left, literally, the American Cemetery in Paris. And I
really probably assumed that was fine and I was extremely busy
because of affairs of state — doing other things.”

Trump has often come under fire for talking tough about the
military,
but not showing it the same level of respect
 as past
presidents. During his 2016 campaign, for example, he was decried
by people on both sides of the aisle for
attacking a Gold Star family.
More recently, he was bashed
for skipping a visit to a World War I memorial in France
because it was raining.


Read more:
Trump talks tough about the military, but he hasn’t visited a war
zone where US troops are fighting — unlike his
predecessors

The president has also faced ongoing criticism for not yet
visiting US troops stationed in a war zone, which is something
his two most recent predecessors did early on in their tenures.

In an interview with The Associated Press in October, Trump
employed a similar excuse regarding visiting Arlington National
Cemetery on Veterans Day, claiming he’s “been
very busy.”

“I will do that at some point, but I don’t think it’s
overly necessary,” Trump said at the time. “I’ve been very busy
with everything that’s taking place here. … I’m doing a lot of
things. But it’s something I’d do. And do gladly.”

“Nobody has been better at the military,” Trump added. “I
have done more for the military than any president in many, many
years.”

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