In two separate events, President Donald Trump paid tribute yesterday to servicemen on Memorial Day in Wars as the country is affected by the coronavirus.
“Together we will defeat the virus and the United States will rise from this crisis to new and even greater heights,” Trump said during a ceremony at the historic Fort McHenry in Baltimore. “No obstacle, challenge or threat is a rival to the great determination of the American people,” he said.
Hours earlier, Trump led a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, which like Fort McHenry is closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic. To commemorate Memorial Day in Wars, presidents generally wear a wreath and speak in a Virginia cemetery. But the coronavirus crisis, which will soon have taken the lives of 100,000 people in the United States, made this year different.
Many of the attendees wore face masks, but took them off for the ceremony outside in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. As usual, Trump did not wear face masks in public; He also gave no statement. He went to the flower wreath that was already in place, touched it and made a greeting.
Subsequently, Trump traveled to Baltimore, much to the mayor’s chagrin, noting that tens of thousands of soldiers and National Guard personnel are “on the front lines of our fight against this terrible virus.”
The United States tops the list for COVID-19 worldwide with more than 1.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 97,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University count.
Trump said the brave warriors of the nation’s past have shown that “in the United States we are captains of our own destiny.”
Meanwhile, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. Young opposed Trump’s visit, saying he sends the wrong message about orders to stay home and that the city cannot afford the added cost of receiving it when it is losing $ 20 million. dollars a month because of the pandemic.
But Trump intends to speed up his agenda as he portrays the country as being back to life before the pandemic.
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