World Leaders Unite
President Donald Trump kicked off Wednesday, the third day of his state visit to the U.K., at a special D-Day commemoration event in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since the Allies invaded Nazi-occupied France during WWII.
Trump sat in the royal box, joined (from left) by French President Emmanuel Macron, departing British Prime Minister Theresa May, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, First Lady Melania Trump, Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others.
The President and First Lady
The president and Mrs. Trump looked to the stage before them as the story of the Normandy landings was retold.
After You, Prime Minister
Trump walked alongside May, one day after the pair attended business meetings together and participated in a joint news conference.
“I’ve always talked openly with you, Donald, when we have taken a different approach and you’ve done the same with me,” May said. “I’ve always believed that cooperation and compromise are the basis of strong alliances, and nowhere is this more true than in the special relationship.”
A Close Chat
At one point during the ceremony, Trump leaned in close to speak with the Queen. Earlier in the week, he sparked some debate when he touched her on the back at a Buckingham Palace banquet.
“I congratulated him [on the birth of his son Archie] and I think he’s a terrific guy,” Trump said. “He spent a lot of time talking to Ivanka and talking to my family. I went up, he couldn’t have been nicer.”
Trump, with May, Charles, the Queen and Mrs. Trump, joined leaders from 16 other countries to sign a proclamation that vowed to never repeat the horrors of World War II.
“In this way we salute the surviving veterans of D-Day and we honor the memories of those who came before us,” the proclamation read, according to The Times.
An FDR Prayer
Trump took the stage during the events to read a prayer given by Franklin D. Roosevelt on the radio during the Normandy landings, after which dancers joined him and danced to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” by the Andrews Sisters.
A Global Group
Trump took part in a photo op with nearly two dozen world leaders at the D-Day commemoration, including from Slovakia, Poland, Canada, Luxembourg, Norway, Belgium, Czech Republic, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, France, Greece, Germany and Denmark.
Meeting with Merkel
While in Portsmouth, Trump met with Germany’s Merkel for about 10 minutes to discuss Libya and West Africa, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. She added that the leaders agreed to talk further at the G20 later this month in Japan.
A Meghan Markle Clarification
In his Good Morning Britain interview, Trump addressed his recent quotes in The Sun in which he was recorded calling Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle “nasty” after hearing she’d made comments critical of him in 2016.
“The question was asked to me, and I didn’t know that she said anything bad about me,” Trump told Morgan. “It sounds like she did and that’s okay, I mean, hey join the crowd … I said, ‘Well, I didn’t know she was nasty.’ I wasn’t referring to, ‘She is nasty,’ I said she was nasty about me. But I said, you know, she’s doing a good job, I hope she enjoys her life.”
He continued, “I think she’s very nice. Honestly, I don’t know her … She was nasty to me and that’s okay for her to be nasty. It’s not good for me to be nasty to her. And I wasn’t. In fact, I think she’s doing very well.”
Protests in Portsmouth
Just as they did in London, protesters hit the streets in Portsmouth, flooding Guildhall Square with signs reading things like “Dump Trump” and “No to Racism.”
The Protests Continue
The protesters got creative with their signs, with one woman writing, “Keep your tiny, groping, racist hands off our [National Health Service] ‘Mr.’ President.”
An Irish Entrance
After the events in Portsmouth, Trump and Mrs. Trump headed to Ireland via Air Force One, touching down in Shannon Airport.
Trump Meets Leo Varadkar
Upon his arrival in Ireland, Trump was greeted by the Irish leader, Leo Varadkar.
Trump and Varadkar sat down for a brief meeting at the airport, where they participated in a joint news conference.
“I think it will all work out very well, and also for you with your wall, your border,” Trump said, as Varadkar jumped in to say that, actually, Ireland wanted to avoid a border or wall, according to The Guardian.
“I think you do, I think you do,” Trump said. “The way it works now is good, you want to try and to keep it that way. I know that’s a big point of contention with respect to Brexit. I’m sure it’s going to work out very well.”
On Thursday, the final day of his trip, the president is in France to mark the D-Day anniversary at Normanday.