While hundreds of WWII veterans and world leaders gathered at the America Cemetery in Normandy, France, on Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, President Donald Trump appeared to take delight in the idea that he was delaying the start of the ceremony.
Although a number of reporters initially blamed the delayed ceremony on the late arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump placed the blame entirely on himself.
“Listen to those incredible people back there,” Trump said, motioning towards the ceremony stage. “These people are so amazing, and what they don’t realize is that, I’m holding them up because of this interview. But that’s because it’s you.”
“By the way, congratulations on your ratings,” the president added.
After the segment ended, however, Ingraham shot down reports that Trump delayed the start, despite the president saying it himself:
After airing the pre-taped interview on “The Ingraham Angle” program Thursday night, the Fox News host shot down reports that Trump delayed the ceremony’s start, despite what the president had just told her audience minutes earlier.
“By the way, some of you may have heard or read that President Trump supposedly held up the entire D-Day ceremony in order to do this interview with me,” Ingraham exclaimed. “That is patently false. Fake news.”
She added: “Our cue to end the interview is when we heard the Macron helicopter approaching. And that is what we did. The interview ended before Macron landed. In fact, President Trump was on the lawn waiting for President Macron who was, himself, just a few minutes late.”
Following the segment, Laura Ingraham says that it is "patently false" and "fake news" that Trump held up the ceremony to do an interview with her pic.twitter.com/CwZSKEPb2c
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) June 7, 2019