Over the past week, President Donald Trump has refused to attend ceremonies in both France and the United States honoring U.S. veterans who fought and died for this country. And of course he still hasn’t visited American troops in the field even though he’s been in office for two years.
But to hear Trump tell it, others are to blame for his neglecting to perform his duties as Commander-in-Chief.
“I should have done that. I was extremely busy on the calls for the country. We did a lot of calling, as you know.”
Wallace reminded the president:
“But this is Veterans Day.”
That only elicited more excuses from Trump:
“In retrospect, I should have, and I did last year and I will virtually every year 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 affairs of state, doing other things. But I would have done it.”
But you DIDN’T DO IT! That’s the bottom line.
Wallace then asked directly why Trump has yet to visit any American troops serving in the field, such as Afghanistan, where thousands of U.S. forces remain, fully 17 years after we first entered that conflict. Again, the president tried to shift the blame elsewhere:
“I think you will see that happen. There are things that are being planned. I don’t think anybody has been — as a president in terms of funding, in terms of all of the things I’ve been able to get them including the vets, I don’t think anybody has done more than me. I’ve had an unbelievable busy schedule and I will be doing it, on top of what you have those phony witch hunts. On top of which — we’ve just been very busy but I will be doing that.”
In other words, I don’t have time for the men and women who defend this country, but here’s some money to shut them up.
Commander-in-Chief? Whiner-in-Chief would be much more accurate.
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