Donald Trump Arrived Late To 11am Veterans Day Service
The US President made his way to Arlington National Cemetery to pay his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for Veterans Day (also known as Remembrance Day).
He was joined First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.
The service began, as it does in all the countries that recognise the day, at 11am local time.
Donald and Melania Trump were noticeably late to the event at Arlington and didn't show up until 11:24am.
The President and First Lady were meant to arrive at 10:55am, be present for the 11am ceremony and then depart at 11:20am. However, their motorcade was pulling up to the location as a gun salute to veterans rang out, according to the White House pool report.
Mr Trump stood in the pouring rain for the ceremony then saluted to show respect for the American soldiers who have died in battle. A military serviceman placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11am on the dot, according to NPR, and Trump approached it, laid a hand on it, then returned to where he was standing.
The President didn't make a speech and left once the ceremony was done. He was there for a total of six minutes.
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Instead of making a speech, a statement was issued through the White House.
It read: "America's veterans have fought to defend our country, its values, and its interests since the first days of our founding.
"They have defeated tyrants, eliminated terrorists, and secured freedom at home and abroad. Their courage and fortitude in the face of adversity serve as an example for all Americans. On Veterans Day, we pause to pay tribute to all who have proudly worn our nation's uniform.
"These soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen selflessly placed lives, well‑being, and security of others before their own.
"We enjoy the privileges of peace, prosperity, and freedom because of our veterans, and we are forever indebted to them beyond measure."
It was the only event listed on Trump's schedule for the day.
Joe Biden and his wife Jill attended a separate ceremony in Philadelphia, which honoured veterans at the Korean War Memorial. The President-elect also didn't give a speech, however the Bidens stayed and listen to several speeches that were made by veterans.
The Bidens carried a wreath together and laid it at the base of the memorial and then stayed after the ceremony was over to speak with people who attended.
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