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Trump Wished American (And Japanese) Troops A ‘Very Happy’ Memorial Day

Some might view President Donald Trump’s last few remarks in Japan as a simple gaffe. For others whose family or friends died while fighting abroad, however, his comments may be seen as an affront to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States.

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Trump gave two separate speeches in remembrance of Memorial Day, doing so, according to the Associated Press, on Tuesday local time because it was still technically Monday (the day of the holiday) in the U.S.

“I have to wish you all a very happy Memorial Day,” Trump said while speaking aboard the USS Wasp. “On this Memorial Day evening in the United States, Americans are concluding a sacred day of remembrance, reflection, and prayer.”

Some might take issue with the way in which Trump delivered his message. While many others, especially on social media, have made the same mistake, for many the holiday isn’t meant to be a “happy” one, and some may take issue with the commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces describing it as much.

In a speech Trump gave earlier in the day, he also wished a “happy” Memorial Day — to Japanese forces aboard the JS Kaga.

The statement was likely meant to be a goodwill gesture from one leader of a foreign nation to the servicemembers of the country he was visiting. Nevertheless, Memorial Day is meant to recognize American soldiers that have died in battle or in service to our country, according to an explanation from Newsweek, and is not an international recognition of soldiers’ deaths throughout the world.

The gesture is a peculiar one, too, that may highlight Trump’s hypocrisy when it comes to his demands of the president while he’s out of office versus what he deems he can “get away” with while he’s in the White House.

Just three years ago, for example, Trump was critical of former President Barack Obama for not bringing up the attacks on Pearl Harbor while speaking with Japanese dignitaries during his visit to Japan in 2016, per previous reporting from HillReporter.com.



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