President Donald Trump says he should have visited Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day — a traditional presidential act.
Trump, who rarely admits a faux pas, told “Fox News Sunday” that “in retrospect, I should have” gone, but he was busy on calls and had just returned from abroad.
Trump was criticized for canceling a trip to an American cemetery in France on Saturday after his helicopter was grounded by bad weather. He was in Paris for ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. He visited another U.S. cemetery before leaving Paris.
Trump tells Fox that he went to Arlington on Veterans Day last year. But while Trump has been to Arlington, he was in Asia on Veterans Day last year.
Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw, however, says he is not offended that Trump did not visit Arlington Cemetary on Veterans Day.
I’ve been to Arlington multiple times to bury my friends, at least two funerals there that I’ve attended and gone back occasionally. I also know the president on a very personal level has treated those gold star families very well and he has embraced them and has been very good to them,” Crenshaw said.
“I would have liked to see him at Arlington but again I’m not offended by the fact that he didn’t go. I do understand that he does have a lot of things to do. I would have liked to see him there but as veterans, iI don’t think it necessarily affects us, where he shows up to anyway ceremonial fashion. What affects us, … the equipment we need to do it, raising pay for the military? He has done all of these things. That’s what matters to me.”