WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump posted a back-to-back Memorial Day appearance despite a coronavirus pandemic, at Arlington National Cemetery and at a historic fort in Baltimore. Trump recently called Baltimore “rat and mouse chaos” and the mayor advised Trump to stay home.
President Donald Trump spoke about the coronavirus during a press conference at the White House Rose Garden, Monday, May 11, 2020, in Washington. (Source: AP Photo / Alex Brandon)
The president usually honors fallen military personnel by laying garlands and giving speeches in the sacred burial ground in Virginia. But the pandemic, which is expected to be 100,000 Americans this week, has caused a change this year. Trump will only lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
He is expected to speak later at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Baltimore Historic Sites. This is where a poem, written after a large American flag was hoisted to celebrate an important victory over Britain during the War of 1812, became “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Trump continues to increase his schedule in an effort to portray the country back to its pre-pandemic manner as it emerges from a devastating economic closure intended to slow the virus.
The US leads the world with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the corona virus and more than 97,000 deaths, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.
So far this month, Trump has toured factories in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Michigan making pandemic supplies. He plans to be in Florida on Wednesday to watch two NASA astronaut rockets go into space, and he plays golf at his private club in Virginia on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Mayor of Baltimore, Bernard C. “Jack” Young has criticized Trump’s visit, saying that the trip sent the wrong message about home stay directives and that the city was unable to pay the additional costs of the president’s visit when losing $ 20 million a month due to a pandemic.
“That President Trump decided to make an unnecessary trip sent the wrong message to our population,” Young, a Democrat, said in a statement last week. He referred to the disproportionate effects the virus had in his city and asked Trump to “set a positive example” by not traveling during the weekend holidays.
The White House sounds unmoved.
“Courageous men and women who have maintained our freedom for generations do not stay at home and the president will not do so because he respects their sacrifice by visiting historic landmarks in our country’s history,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement via Sunday’s e-mail. .
Trump will visit Baltimore just over a week after Maryland begins to lift some restrictions imposed on coronavirus, even though they remain in force in Baltimore. Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have the highest percentage of positive cases in the country, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force.
Trump last summer described the congressional district that included Baltimore as “disgusting chaos, rats and rodents” where “no human being wants to live.”
He visited Baltimore a few months later to attend a meeting of Republican members of Congress, and a giant inflatable mouse decorated with Trump-style hair and a red tie was mocked from several blocks away. Trump did not visit the Baltimore neighborhood.
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