D-Day 75th anniversary commemoration delayed as Trump gives interview to Fox News' Laura Ingraham
June 6, 1944. The Allied forces invade German-occupied France in the Invasion of Normandy, a critical operation that led to the defeat of the Nazis. It became known as D-Day.
June 6, 2019. The 75th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy is delayed as President Donald Trump gives an interview to a Fox News host most recently known for defending a white supremacist.
According to multiple reporters on the ground at today's historic event, that's what happened.
The ceremony was to start at 11:00 AM local time.
It was delayed at least 15 minutes as President Trump was being interviewed by Laura Ingraham, who herself is under fire for defending Paul Nehlen, a self-avowed white supremacist.
"French television cameras spotted President Trump sitting down with Fox’s Laura Ingraham - fourteen minutes *after* the ceremony in Normandy was set to begin. Thousands of people waited as an announcement overhead came on, declaring the program would be delayed until 11:15a," NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson reported.
Here's CNN's Kevin Liptak:
President Trump began his day in Normandy sitting for an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox (pic from Host TV): https://t.co/9RXZiEp57B— Kevin Liptak (@Kevin Liptak)1559813443.0
As Mediaite notes, the AP's Jonathan Lemire reports it wasn't just Trump causing the delay:
D-Day ceremony in Normandy starting thirty minutes late, veterans were waiting. Trump did Fox News interview afte… https://t.co/7UAY95qI1t— Jonathan Lemire (@Jonathan Lemire)1559813591.0