Trump Whines About Veterans Getting Shelter As He Gets Wet In France

Speaking in France to recognize the fallen heroes of World War I at the Suresnes cemetery a day after he skipped – because of the rain- a commemorative event attended by other world leaders, Trump complained that the veterans, who sat underneath a tent to stay dry, looked comfortable while we are “drenched.”

Trump began his remarks at 4:12 local time, and stood uncovered from the rain.

Noting that his remarks were the centennial of the Armistice that ended World War I, “Thank God, it was a brutal war.”

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Trump then acknowledged the members of Congress in attendance, as well as a half dozen World War II veterans attending per White House pooler Seung Min Kim, and “remarked that the veterans, who sat underneath a tent to stay dry, looked comfortable while we are ‘drenched.’”

A mere ten minutes later, at 4:25 p.m., Trump left en route to the airport. This is the kind of crack presidenting we can expect from the McDonalds and Fox and Friends president.

Trump canceled his visit to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery Saturday afternoon due to “bad weather”, and sent the rain impervious Kelly, his wife and Pompeo instead.

The Internet mocked Trump for not presidenting in the rain, when other presidents, most recently Obama, worked in the rain all of the time (myself included):

Under Trump, the military is set to get its biggest pay raise in nearly 10 years. Republicans love the “troops.” But as in all things Republican and political, this story is not complete if we don’t recognize that after they are troops, they are veterans, if God willing they aren’t fallen heroes.

Forbes noted things weren’t looking so good for veterans under Trump, “Veterans face two separate challenges to the VA that have come to a boil this week – one from Trump, one from the Republican House…. Say hello to the Koch-created Concerned Veterans for America, the major organization demanding privatization no matter what the cost, financial or otherwise.”

Trump’s 2018 budget proposal called for cuts in benefits to veterans with 60 percent disability ratings who lived alone, but this has been abandoned, which Snopes noted meant, “(D)isabled veterans could have seen their annual disability benefits fall from around $35,000 to around $13,000 under Donald Trump’s budget proposal to cut “individual unemployability” for disabled veterans who were old enough to receive Social Security payments.”

The priority can be found in the fact that Trump had no problem adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt for the tax break for himself and other rich people, but balked at funding veterans health care without cuts, “U.S. Can’t Afford Veterans’ Health Care Without Cuts.”

In typical Trump two-facery, “President Donald Trump is fighting a bipartisan plan to fund the much-touted expansion of veterans health care he signed into law on Wednesday, as the White House argues against a boost in federal spending to fund the new initiative.”

The draft-dodging president talks about the military with the kind of reverence an authoritarian does; but this does not equate a respect for the people serving after they’ve done his bidding, including wasting $200 million on a pre-election border stunt, where many of of our troops have nothing to do and yet are eating MREs. They have nothing to do because there is not, nor was there at the time, a crisis on the border.

Trump can’t even do basic, ceremonial aspects of his job without insulting people but this is not a bug, it’s a feature. He is telling us loud and clear who he is and that he does not care about us, he only cares about grabbing more and more power.