During his overseas trip, President Donald Trump wished the Irish Prime Minister good luck on the Emerald Isle’s nonexistent border wall, defended his position to kick transgender troops out of the military, and feuded with actress Bette Middler, and now he’s taking swipes at his critics on D-Day.
On Thursday, the president honored the American troops who served in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. To mark the occasion, he delivered an impressive speech that has been called “the strongest of his presidency.”
But on the night before that speech, he took the opportunity to attack his political adversaries during an interview set beside the graves of American heroes.
During the Fox News interview with host Laura Ingraham — who recently endured backlash for her defense of a white supremacist —Trump said former FBI Director and military veteran Robert Mueller “made such a fool out of himself” and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “is a disaster,” as IJR Red noted.
Speaking to Fox News from the American cemetery at Normandy, the President calls special counsel Robert Mueller a "fool" and the Speaker of the House a "disaster." pic.twitter.com/YRHUiEDag2
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) June 6, 2019
The idea of holding the interview with the Normandy Cemetery as a backdrop was widely criticized. Radio host Joe Walsh called the moment “a disgrace.”
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 6, 2019
MSNBC host Chris Hayes called it “so surreal, discordant but somehow perfectly fitting.”
Something so surreal, discordant but somehow perfectly fitting about Trump TV broadcasting culture war inanity and the President’s feuds against the backdrop of the graves of the American soldiers who died at Normandy.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 6, 2019
And former Obama staffer and current “Pod Save America” host John Lovett pointed out bluntly that the Fox team used “American graves as a backdrop for their usual programming.”
Fox News and its editorial director Donald Trump using American graves as a backdrop for their usual programming. https://t.co/lmEvSoqF1S
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) June 6, 2019
Trump’s willingness to attack Americans beside the graves of dead war heroes wasn’t shared by all, though. Speaker of the House, who is also in Normandy for the 75th Anniversary ceremony, refused to criticize the president while she is out of the country in response.
Trump called Pelosi “nervous Nancy” during an interview with Fox that featured the American cemetery at Normandy behind him. Pelosi, chatting briefly with CNN, declined to criticize Trump with the cemetery behind her saying she’d rather not do that while she’s out of the country. pic.twitter.com/ZTLGK5hUyn
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 6, 2019
In Normandy, Trump was joined by a large congressional delegation to honor the anniversary of the D-Day landing. Also with him was French President Emmanuel Macron — Vice President Mike Pence is marking the occasion at events in the United States.