Trump Attempts To Give Bush A Military Salute – Gets Mocked Hard

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Donald Trump manages to embarrass himself and the country at every turn, but on Monday, he managed to even be an embarrassment at the only funeral he’s actually been invited to attend.

In the very few moments Trump spent in the Capitol building where the body of President George H.W. Bush, who served during WWII, lies in state, the current president attempted to salute him. Not only did Twitter find this incredibly disrespectful, he couldn’t even manage to perform a proper salute.

Newsweek reports that:

‘The rules around saluting are complex, but the right to salute is widely considered to be earned by military personnel. As Trump has not served in the military, some saw it as improper for the President to salute Bush, particularly as he served in the Second World War—making him the last U.S. president to serve in active combat.’

A salute has a specific requirement for the placement of the hand. Even military members and their spouses were horrified at photos and video of Trump attempting a salute to a war hero.

‘Trump’s saluting technique itself was also criticized. When a salute is performed, the fingers must be kept straight with the thumb in line. Footage from the memorial shows the President’s thumb was slightly bent.’

Until this moment, the most famous Trump salute was to a member of the North Korean military. It’s difficult to imagine Pres. Bush and a member of Kim Jong Un’s military deserving the same gesture of respect.

‘The disapproval of Trump’s gesture comes after he made the highly unusual decision to return a salute to a member of the North Korean military during a summit held in Singapore in June. 

‘Footage released by North Korea’s state media shows Trump gesturing to a general. Military rules dictate a salute is reserved for personnel of friendly foreign nations, CNN reported at the time. However, a president is not expected to return a salute—particularly to an official from a nation with which the U.S. has had an uneasy relationship.’

It isn’t just that Trump doesn’t seem to know much about how to be a U.S. president; it’s apparent that he doesn’t seem to know how to do much of anything.

Featured image screenshot via YouTube

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