And then there was the day almost exactly four years ago as
The president was scheduled to pay tribute at a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, about 85 km (50 miles) east of Paris, with his wife Melania. But light steady rain and a low cloud ceiling prevented his helicopter from traveling to the site.
“(Their attendance) has been canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” the White House said in a statement, adding that a delegation lead by Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired general, went instead.
The decision prompted a rash of criticism on Twitter, with Nicholas Soames, a British member of parliament who is a grandson of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, saying that Trump was dishonoring U.S. servicemen....
Ben Rhodes, who served as deputy national security adviser for strategic communications under President Barack Obama, said the excuse about the inclement weather did not stand up.
“I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “There is always a rain option. Always.”
And now, this:
Hmm. He didn’t want to visit the U.S. memorial cemetery in Normandy, France because of rain. https://t.co/gZTyuNcC2P— Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) November 7, 2022
Now he tweets
The Witch Hunt continues, and after 6 years and millions of pages of documents, they’ve got nothing. If I had what Hunter and Joe had, it would be the Electric Chair. Our Country is Rigged, Crooked, and Evil — We must bring it back, and FAST. Next stop, Communism!
Much of the country and of the mainstream media has long understood that Donald Trump is interested in Donald Trump alone. However, he had us fooled because we've assumed that means that he does not care what happens to the country.
However, Donald Trump cares very much what happens to the USA. When he worked to undermine NATO, he cared, just not in a good way. When he knew in March 2020 that Covid-19 was serious yet told Bob Woodward “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down because I don't want to create a panic," he cared enough to downplay the coronavirus repeatedly to encourage Americans to remain reckless.
He cares about oil prices. Fortune reported in April, 2020 "Saudi Arabia had pumped every possible barrel for sale at rock-bottom prices, punishing Russia for refusing to support deeper OPEC+ output cuts in early March." After President Trump intervened- apparently by threatening to withdraw American troops from the Kingdom- the two nations agreed to "reduce daily production by millions of barrels." Oil prices soared, as expected.
But this was Donald Trump, whose "America First" slogan should be understood as a means to divert voters and the media from understanding that his intent always was "America Last." Now the man who wouldn't venture out into rain to honor the American men and women who died in combat in Europe in World War II will brave the elements to run down America. He's always in character.