Sunday, December 16, 2018

Trump "Wreaths Across America" 12/16/2018

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump, who was criticized last month for skipping a visit to a cemetery in France where US soldiers are buried, made an unscheduled visit Saturday to a military cemetery near Washington for a wreath-laying ceremony.

Carrying a large black umbrella, the president took part in a brief ceremony in Arlington, part of a "Wreaths Across America" day when volunteers lay thousands of wreaths on the tombstones of military veterans.

In brief remarks to reporters, he said the government was working to expand Arlington, where more than 400,000 men and women are buried, by purchasing nearby land. "We're working very hard on it. We'll get it done."

Arlington, on land once owned by a descendant of George Washington, lies directly across the Potomac River from the capital, just a few minutes' drive away.

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