“I ask the president to think about his trip. It sends a bad, bad message to the citizens of Baltimore because I ask them to stay home and just come out for essential reasons,”
In the same interview on Friday, Young said he was confident the president could find another, safer way to honor the country’s fallen soldiers.
“This has nothing to do with him personally. My city is seeing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, and we don’t want to spread it,” said Young, a Democrat. He also said that the White House did not give the mayor’s office a heads-up to prepare for the visit and that it was the second time the White House has done so.
Deere responded to Young’s criticism by saying that “the brave men and women who have preserved our freedoms for generations did not stay home, nor does the president come when he honors their victims by visiting such a historic landmark in our country’s history.”
Last year, Trump observed Memorial Day with service members aboard a US airline in Japan.