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Biden to visit Aisne-Marne cemetery to honor US veterans, same site Trump ignored in 2018

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President Joe Biden visited the American cemetery outside Paris honoring World War I dead, contrasting former President Donald Trump’s decision to skip a visit during a 2018 trip. Biden paid his respects at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, an event that symbolizes the difference in honoring veterans between the two presidents. Trump cited weather and safety concerns for his decision to skip the cemetery visit in 2018, leading to criticism and reports of derogatory comments about fallen soldiers from the Aisne-Marne at the time.

Trump has denied the reports about his comments on the fallen soldiers, but former chief of staff John Kelly confirmed some anecdotes from The Atlantic’s story. Biden has taken advantage of these reports on the campaign trail, releasing ads featuring veterans criticizing Trump’s behavior towards military personnel. The Biden campaign aims to distinguish the president from his predecessor on defense issues, emphasizing unwavering support for European allies in contrast to Trump’s more noncommittal stance on NATO and international relations.

Biden pledged support for European allies during his trip to France, highlighting the importance of standing up to aggression abroad and defending democracy. He visited Pointe-du-Hoc, a historic site where American Army Rangers secured positions against the Germans on D-Day, emphasizing the need for citizens to protect freedom and democracy. Biden’s message echoed President Ronald Reagan’s speech at the same location in 1984, emphasizing the importance of unity and collective defense against tyrannical governments.

While Trump also visited Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, he used the occasion to attack Democrats in an interview after his speech. The differences in approach and rhetoric between the two presidents highlight the contrasting leadership styles and priorities when it comes to honoring veterans and supporting international alliances. Biden’s trip to France and visit to the American cemetery serve as a symbolic gesture of respect and appreciation for the sacrifices made by American servicemen and women.

The Biden campaign’s focus on defense and foreign policy aims to capitalize on the stark differences between Biden and Trump’s approach to international relations, specifically in terms of the commitment to NATO and standing up to aggression. By honoring veterans and paying tribute to the fallen soldiers at the Aisne-Marne, Biden underlines his administration’s commitment to upholding American values and working with allies to defend democracy. The contrast with Trump’s past actions and statements highlights the importance of leadership and respect for the military in shaping US foreign policy.

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