Trump Delivers Powerful Message At Arlington Hours After Critics Slam Him for 'Appalling' Memorial Day Tweet


President Donald Trump is receiving criticism for tweeting that those who sacrificed their lives in military service to the country would be “happy and proud” to see the United States doing so well.

Many took to social media to accuse the president of making Memorial Day about himself, but Trump did take the time to pay his respects at Arlington National Cemetery to those who paid the ultimate price in service to their country.

“Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today,” the president wrote in a Monday morning tweet.

“Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!”

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The liberal group described Trump’s sentiments as “appalling.”

“This is the most inappropriate #MemorialDay comment that a @POTUS has ever made,’ the group tweeted. “Self-promotion on a day to remember the fallen, and wishing those remembering their deceased loved ones a ‘happy’ holiday is appalling.”

CNN’s Chris Cillizza, a frequent Trump critic, tweeted, “Donald Trump: Putting the ‘Me’ in Memorial Day.”

“This is a tweet about Trump masquerading as a tweet about Memorial Day,” Cillizza wrote in a linked article. “The remembrance of those who fell in service to the country is used here by Trump as simply a launching pad to tout accomplishments during his first 16 months in office.”

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Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as CIA director under presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, responded via Twitter simply, “OMG.”

Trump paid his respects to the fallen by participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb on the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery before addressing thousands on hand at Memorial Amphitheater on the cemetery’s grounds.

“To every family member of the fallen, I want you to know that the legacy of those you’ve lost does not fade with time but grows only more powerful,” Trump said during his speech. “Their legacy does not, like a voice in the distance, become a faint echo but instead their legacy grows deeper.”

“Here, on this soil, on these grounds, beneath those fields, lies the true source of American greatness, of American glory and of American freedom,” Trump said.

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“As long as we are blessed with patriots such as these, we will remain one people, one family and one nation under God.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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