When President Donald J. Trump was unable to attend a WWI memorial even in France in November due to weather, he was widely ridiculed by detractors, many of whom suggested he was lying. But new documents obtained by BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request proves that the detractors were wrong – again.
“Wx will not support today’s flight,” said one of the documents obtained from the U.S. Navy, which is responsible for coordinating Trump’s travel on Marine One, the presidential helicopter.
“Wx” stands for weather.
Trump noted at the time that weather wouldn’t permit his visit.
“By the way, when the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving. Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown. Speech next day at American Cemetery in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake News!” Trump said on Twitter at the time.
By the way, when the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving. Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown. Speech next day at American Cemetery in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
Still, many armchair critics didn’t believe Trump.
“I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor. “There was always a rain option. Always.”
“Two words: contingency plans. Previous White Houses made them,” said formerly-relevant GOP establishment commentator David Frum.
“Remember when Trump chose not to go to a Military ceremony because of rain in Paris,” said David Weissman, who was pumping up 2020 presidential candidate – polling at 0 percent – and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for giving her announcement speech in the snow.
Trump was also ridiculed in the leftist media. The Washington Post, for example, said the following:
It was not completely clear why the Trumps were unable to attend. The cemetery is 50 miles from Paris. Perhaps the president was planning to travel on Marine One, which is occasionally grounded by the military.
But the sight of dignitaries arriving at other sites outside Paris, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, led some foreign policy analysts to speculate the U.S. commander in chief just wasn’t up for it.
The Atlantic, Frum’s new employer, attacked Trump too.
Once again, media types and political figures attacked Trump for something petty, and once again, they were proven wrong.
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WATCH: Chris Matthews Confuses Senator Tim Scott With Democrat Candidate Live on Air
Matthews thought Lindsey Graham was hanging out with his own campaign opponent.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had an embarrassing and surreal moment on Friday while covering one of the President’s ‘Make America Great Again’ rallies in South Carolina, experiencing a case of mistaken identity that may prove to go down as one of the strangest moments in cable news history.
Matthews confused Republican Senator Tim Scott with Democrat Jamie Harrison.
The strangest element of Matthew’s error was that Scott was being shown attending the Trump rally with South Carolina’s other Senator, Lindsey Graham. Harrison is currently challenging Graham for Senate in the state.
In an even stranger twist, the real Harrison was live on the air with Matthews. A truly surreal moment occurred when Matthews asked the real Harrison- a liberal Democrat- if he was at a Trump rally, hanging out with the Republican Senator he’s currently running against.
Watch the unbelievable segment here:
“Jamie, I see you standing there with the guy you’re going to beat right there, maybe… Maybe, maybe…”
In what universe would that make sense? Would Matthews expect to see Lindsey Graham attending a Joe Biden rally with Harrison?
It makes no sense how Matthews could have possibly imagined a Democratic Senate candidate would be merely hanging out with his Republican opponent at a Donald Trump rally.
The real Harrison was quick to correct him, stating that the individual Graham was seen with was South Carolina’s other Republican Senator. He laughed uncomfortably as Matthews was hilariously corrected.
MSNBC seems to be quickly devolving into amateur hour at the local public access township television station. Matthews was forced to apologize days ago for comparing Bernie Sanders’ resounding Nevada caucus victory to Nazi Germany’s 1940 victory over France.
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