President Donald Trump mentioned Friday he is contemplating accepting Vladimir Putin’s invitation to attend Russia’s Could Day parade, a army occasion held in Moscow commemorating the capitulation of Nazi Germany.
“President Putin invited me,” Trump advised reporters on the White Home garden. “It’s a really massive deal, celebrating the tip of the conflict, and so on., and so on. A really massive deal. I admire the invitation.”
Trump mentioned his solely hesitation in attending is that the parade falls throughout a pivotal time within the 2020 marketing campaign.
“It’s in the course of our political season, so I’ll see if I can do it, however I’d like to go if I may,” he concluded.
Could Day just isn’t solely a flex of Russian army would possibly, but in addition a present of assist for employees’ rights and communism, the latter being a subject Trump has vociferously opposed.
“As we pause on today of remembrance to honor victims of communism in all places, we should resolve all the time to safeguard the cherished liberties that foster peace and unleash unparalleled prosperity,” the White Home mentioned in a Thursday assertion on Nationwide Day for the Victims of Communism. “Collectively, we are able to construct a future free from the evils of communism.”
Trump’s presidency has lengthy been criticized for his pleasant affiliation with Putin, a stark distinction from earlier administrations that included tense U.S.-Russia relations. Trump persistently denies allegations from the report written by former particular counsel Robert Mueller, who concluded that Moscow mounted an aggressive effort to disrupt the 2016 presidential election and help Trump.