This was not a good week for President Trump. Not only are Democrats coming off of a key victory for control of the House, but reports from those close to the president indicate that he has ‘retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and resentment’.
Part of this retreat could be seen earlier this week and this past weekend when he became the first president since John F. Kennedy not to show up at Arlington National Cemetery to honor our fallen soldiers and observe Veterans Day. This followed criticism he received from both sides of the aisle after he failed to make himself present at a World War I ceremony in France this weekend because of poor “weather conditions”.
To make matters even worse, France — the nation that he has seemingly been attacking on Twitter nonstop — made their own appearance at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the sacrifices of US soldiers during World War I.
The French embassy here in the United States posted the following tweet Monday afternoon, which was then retweeted over 9,000 times since then:
Yesterday we participated in a ceremony at @ArlingtonNatl to honor the sacrifices of soldiers during #WWI by laying a wreath on the tomb of the #UnknownSoldier. #VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/ZQPbZwMSf6
— French Embassy U.S. (@franceintheus) November 12, 2018
Over the course of the last several days, the president has been attacking France on trade and NATO funding and even poking fun at the approval rating of Emmanuel Macron. While the tweet posted by the French embassy was likely an effort to simply show their respect towards a key ally during World War I, and not an effort to troll the president, many individuals in the president’s circle may not see it that way.