Even to President Donald Trump’s critics, the president knocked his D-Day commemoration honoring World War II (WWII) veterans out of the park.
Following the president’s speech in Normandy, France, on Thursday — which marks the 75th anniversary since the landings that became a turning point in WWII against the Nazis — both CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough applauded him.
Trump told WWII veterans sitting behind him at the D-Day ceremony they’re the “very greatest Americans who will ever live” as “these men ran through the fires of hell” on June 6, 1944, as IJR Red reported.
“Our debt to you is everlasting,” the president said. “Today, we express our undying gratitude.”
Acosta — who previously found himself butting heads with the president during a press conference in November 2018 — said the president’s speech is “perhaps the most on-message moment of Donald Trump’s presidency today.”
Questioning if Trump would “go off of his script,” the CNN reporter praised Trump as he “stayed on script, stayed on message and, I think, rose to the moment.”
“[…] I mean, that could not be more of a fact check true if we could have found one. It really was one of those moments that, I think, Donald Trump needed to rise to in order to, I think, walk away from the cemetery, walk away from this hallowed ground and have people back at home saying, ‘You know what, no matter what I think about the current president of the United States, he said the right thing at Normandy. He did the right thing at Normandy.'”
See Acosta’s full comments below:
"He stayed on script and rose to the moment," Acosta said. pic.twitter.com/u0Bkc3PZpq
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 6, 2019
MSNBC’s Scarborough, who is another critic of Trump, also reflected Acosta’s rare praise. Scarborough said Trump’s D-Day message was “strongest speech of his presidency.”
“There was one especially beautiful moment and I loved the thought because – any World War II documentary you see, any Vietnam documentary you see, when the interviewer starts talking about them being heroes, they will tear up and they will say ‘the heroes were the ones that never came back.’ Well, President Trump said that that’s what these heroes were saying. The heroes were the ones buried here behind us. Yet, he went on to say — to talk about the remarkable life that was created by this generation.”
See Scarborough’s comments below:
While it’s hard to see how remarks honoring those who sacrificed their lives during a memorable moment in history would’ve been criticized, the two Trump critics chose to applaud the president’s D-Day remarks instead of bashing him.