Trump Panned For Apparently Skipping Arlington Visit on Veterans Day: ‘What a POS’


President Donald Trump is facing criticism regarding his apparent decision to not make the trip to Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers on Veterans Day.

The president’s schedule has no events listed and, according to the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey, a press lid was called at 10 a.m. — meaning Trump will not be leaving the White House after that time.

The move came days after Trump called off a previously scheduled commemorative event at a World War I battlefield cemetery in France due to rain, drawing a backlash.

Previous presidents have made a point of speaking at Arlington on Veterans Day when they are in Washington D.C. for it. Former President Bill Clinton did so for the eight years of his presidency, and Barack Obama did so for six — with Vice President Joe Biden speaking there twice. Members of the media took to Twitter to respond to the current commander-in-chief’s decision to skip out on the tradition.

No Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day.

— lori montgomery (@loriamontgomery) November 12, 2018

When was the last time a president skipped an appearance at Arlington or any other outward demonstration of honoring Veterans Day?

— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) November 12, 2018

Too windy to visit Arlington

— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) November 12, 2018

Trump will not visit Arlington National Cemetery as the country observes Veterans’ Day

— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) November 12, 2018

Arlington National Cemetery is open and just a short drive from the White House

— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) November 12, 2018

as the country observes Veteran’s Day, it appears POTUS will not visit arlington national cemetery.

— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) November 12, 2018

i like presidents who honor the fallen at arlington national cemetery on veterans day

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 12, 2018

No visit to Arlington Cemetery? Unprecedented? What a POS

— Andrea Stone (@andreastonez) November 12, 2018

It’s Veterans Day.

Arlington Cemetery is a 10 min drive from WH. Walter Reed is 15, or helicopter. There are countless military bases, active duty personnel, and their families within an hour or so.

The President won’t see any of them.

— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) November 12, 2018

Trump won’t be leaving the White House today, per press office. No visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day.

— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) November 12, 2018

No observance of Veterans Day? Is it not traditional for Presidents to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington on this day? I’m looking at coverage of Obama, Bush…

— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) November 12, 2018

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