Trump Admits Delaying D-Day Ceremony for Laura Ingraham: ‘I’m Holding Them Up Because of This Interview’
President Donald Trump revealed to Fox News Primetime host Laura Ingraham that he held up the start of a D-Day ceremony for their interview that aired Thursday night.
Mid-interview, just after lauding American farmers enduring economic hardship due to tariffs, the president turned to praise the veterans assembled nearby. “Listen to those incredible people back there….these people are so amazing,” he said, then adding “and what they don’t realize is that I’m holding them up because of this interview but that’s because it’s you.” He then finished with “Congratulations on your ratings, I’m very proud of you.”
After the segment ended, however, Ingraham shot down reports that Trump delayed the start, despite the president saying it himself:
Following the segment, Laura Ingraham says that it is “patently false” and “fake news” that Trump held up the ceremony to do an interview with her pic.twitter.com/CwZSKEPb2c
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) June 7, 2019
Initial reports from Normandy suggested that the start of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day was delayed due to the Fox News interview, but it was later revealed that French President Emanuel Macron was also running late — actually later — and the delayed start was ultimately due to his late arrival.
Mediaite first reported MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson, who tweeted the suggestion that Trump delayed the start. That initial report was updated as new information was revealed, amidst calls of “Fake News” that Trump caused the delay.
Was Trump just joking? Possible. Was he aware that Macron was also running late? Who knows?
It seems more likely that Trump was demonstrating his power and respect to the Fox News host — and her ratings — with the claim of “holding up” the start of a somber reflection on those who sacrificed their lives on the beaches of Normandy.
Critics will certainly note that sitting down with a Fox News host for an interview in which he threw barbs at his political rivals appears to have been a higher priority for Trump than respecting the fallen heroes from 75 tears ago.
Perhaps yesterday’s criticism of this interview was well-founded.
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