President Trump is catching flack for honoring soldiers’ supreme sacrifice on Memorial Day with gleeful boasts.
Hours ahead of Trump’s visit to the hallowed Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, he fired off a real dud of a tweet — insisting those who gave their lives for their country would be thrilled with his presidency.
“Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today,” Trump tweeted.
Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018
He added it was the “Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!”
Michael Hayden, a retired general and onetime CIA and NSA head, tweeted “OMG” in reply.
At a Memorial Day parade in Little Neck, Queens, Gov. Cuomo said he “didn't see the tweet, but today is not about the politicians certainly. It's in memory and out of respect and gratitude for all those that served this nation, many of which gave their lives. That's what today is all about.”
VoteVets, a left-leaning group aiming to support veterans’ public office bids, called Trump’s remembrances “the most inappropriate #MemorialDay comment that a @POTUS has ever made. Self-promotion on a day to remember the fallen, and wishing those remembering their deceased loved ones a ‘happy’ holiday is appalling. #CadetBoneSpurs”
The hashtag needles Trump for one of his five Vietnam War deferments, one being for bone spurs.
Conservative pundit Bill Kristol urged followers to forget Trump’s tweet. “There are so many appropriate expressions of respect and appreciation on this Memorial Day that deserve your attention, and that reflect well on the country,” he said.
Others noted how a pro did it.
They linked to ex-president Barack Obama’s tweet for the day, which started, “We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes.”
Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump tweeted her thanks to “all the service members & their families who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.”
Later in the day, Trump laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier and put some more presidential gravitas in his remarks on the nation’s fallen soldiers.
“Today, we pay tribute to their service, we mourn alongside their families and we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice,” he said.
The audience included former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and Ray Chavez, the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor.
Trump’s campaign site, meanwhile, tried to cash in on the holiday — offering 25%-off deals for shoppers.
Some of the displayed merchandise included Trump-Pence pool towels and beer koozies.
The coupon code was “Remember.”
With Erin Durkin, News Wire Services