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President Trump says he 'should have' attended Veterans Day ceremony in rare display of regret

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 11/16/2018 Chris Sommerfeldt
Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie © Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump acknowledged Friday he shouldn’t have skipped a Veterans Day event honoring the nation’s fallen soldiers, marking a rare showing of regret from the typically remorseless commander-in-chief.

The President, who has faced widespread criticism for opting out from the ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, made the unusual concession in a pre-taped interview with Fox News set to air in full on Sunday.

“I should have done that,” Trump told host Chris Wallace, referencing his decision to stay at the White House instead of taking the short trip to the military cemetery as the rest of the nation observed Veterans Day on Monday.

In what appeared to be an apology, Trump continued that “in retrospect” it wasn’t a good move.

“I should have and I did last year and I will virtually every year,” Trump said.

But the remorse didn’t last long as Trump shifted to blaming his snub of the military ceremony on being “extremely busy on calls.”

“We did a lot of calling as you know,” Trump said.

It’s not clear what calls the President was referencing.

While he claims he didn’t have time for the military ceremony, Trump managed to thumb out nine tweets on Veterans Day commenting on a variety of topics from trade deficits, elections in Florida and oil production in Saudi Arabia. He had no events or meetings listed on his public schedule for the day.

This story will be updated.


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