People hold their breaths when Donald Trump goes abroad. During his several-day visit to London, he started off by insulting the new mother American-born Duchess Meghan Merkle and the mayor of their city. Then, he dragged his whole family including spouses behind him everywhere. Of course, he meddled in the U.K.’s politics. In Ireland, he poked his finger in the country’s very sore spot, a divided country. So, this was a big surprise.
Trump joined other allies in Normandy to commemorate D-Day’s invasion 75 years ago. His speech was spot on, and the president has not made one single gaffe:
‘To more than 170 veterans of the second World War who join us today, you are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live. You are the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic,” he added. “And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.’
Trump was at Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy with the French president Emmanuel Macron and 60 World War II veterans. POTUS continued:
‘Those who fought here won a future for our nation. They won the survival of our civilization. And they showed us the way to love, cherish and defend our way of life for many centuries to come.’
The man who occasionally sits in the Oval Office emphasized “our cherished alliance:’
‘To all of our friends and partners: Our cherished alliance was forged in the heat of battle, tested in the trials of war, and proven in the blessings of peace. Our bond is unbreakable.’
The commander-in-chief noted that American sons and daughters “saved freedom:”
‘They came here and saved freedom. And then they went home and showed us all what freedom is all about. The American sons and daughters who saw us to victory were not less extraordinary in peace.’
If the president listened to what he was reading, hopefully he will return believing in “civil rights, revolutionized science:”
‘In the decades that followed, America defeated communism, secured civil rights, revolutionized science, launched a man to the moon and then kept on pushing to new frontiers. And today, America is stronger than ever before.’
Macron spoke in French at times, but he was equally comfortable speaking in English. At the commemoration, he spoke about “freedom:”
‘We know what we owe to you veterans: our freedom. On behalf of my nation I just want to say thank you.’
Later, the French president talked about joined forces and America’s “decisive support:”
‘Being worthy of the promise of Normandy means never forgetting that free peoples, when they join forces, can surmount any adversity. The victory against barbarism could never have been possible without the decisive support of the United States. The promise of Normandy will be supported by France with all its might. I promise this will be the case. And this is at the heart of America’s destiny, too.’
Trump appears to reach a high level when he has been around Macron. How long that will last is another question. In one of his visits to France, he came home wanting to have a military parade — bigger than the one Macron threw for him. Maybe, he will return from Normandy wanted a bigger cemetery.
The U.S. president will spend the night in France then return home the next day.