Trump Disrespects WWII Veterans While Trying To Pay Homage To Pearl Harbor Survivors

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On Thursday, Donald Trump gave a speech in honor of the American soldiers who survived the military strike on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

Thursday marked the 76th year since the attack, and President Trump stood before six well-decorated Veterans, to honor them and thank them for the courage and service.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 7: James Eads of Washington, D.C., looks on as the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service, commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. World War II veterans and Pearl Harbor survivors placed wreaths at the Freedom Wall to commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives during World War II, including the more than 2,400 who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

However, the president seemed ill prepared to honor the veterans, as he leaned heavily against the podium, looking back and forth between his notes and the gentlemen at his side.

Photo shows wreaths laid by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 27, 2016, to commemorate those who died in the Japanese surprise attack there in 1941. (Photo by Pool/Kyodo News via Getty Images)

Trump stated that the military is once again being built up, and stated that past administrations had played a large role in the decline of U.S. armed forces. He also said that the Trump Administration will make sure that the defense budget is higher than it’s ever been.

‘We are building up the military beyond what you ever thought. We got depleted. You know what happened over the last, quite long period of time. Not with us. Our budget will be higher than ever before. We’re building that up again.’

As the president spoke, one of the veterans offered him a thumbs up.

HONOLULU, HI – DECEMBER 07: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Pearl Harbor survivors attend a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at Kilo Pier on December 7, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images) Purchase a license Standard editorial rights Custom rights What are Standard Editorial Rights? SML 5184 x 3456 px | 17.28 x 11.52 in @ 300 dpi | 17.9 MP Size Guide $575.00USD ADD TO CART Details Restrictions: Contact your local office for all commercial or promotional uses.CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT Credit: The Asahi Shimbun / Contributor Editorial #: 628468502 Collection: The Asahi Shimbun Date created: December 07, 2016 License type: Rights-managed Release info: Not released. More information Source: The Asahi Shimbun Object name: 93728509 Max file size: 5184 x 3456 px (17.28 x 11.52 in) – 300 dpi – 7.1 MB

Next he applauded a separate veteran, and acknowledged his persistent youthfulness, which he’d maintained even at the age of 93

Donald Trump then turned to George Blake, a veteran Trump referred to as “ready to repulse a feared invasion.” What he said next made it seem like Donald was there to witness the tragic events of Pearl Harbor himself. “That was a pretty wild scene. You’ll never forget that,” the president said.

Photo taken Dec. 25, 2016, from a helicopter shows Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama will attend a joint remembrance ceremony at a memorial to the sunken battleship Arizona. Japan’s attack on naval facilities and ships in the harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, prompted the United States to enter World War II. (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)

Perhaps the president only made the above comments because to him, it was only a form of acknowledging and honoring the veterans who fought in World War II.

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