President Trump is catching flak 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.
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 National Security Agency 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.”
The group added the hashtag “CadetBoneSpurs,” needling Trump for one of his five Vietnam War deferments.
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 others pols remembered the holiday — linking to former President Barack Obama’s tweet, which started, “We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes.”
First Lady Melania Trump was also more respectful, tweeting 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 Unknown 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 Sen. Bob Dole, a World War II veteran, and Ray Chavez, the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor.
Trump’s campaign site, meanwhile, tried to cash in on the holiday — offering
25% discounts for shoppers.
Some of the displayed merchandise included Trump-Pence pool towels and beer koozies.
The coupon code was “Remember.”