President Trump to Mark Memorial Day With Arlington Cemetery Visit

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As of Memorial Day, roughly halfway through his second year in office, President Donald Trump has not visited US soldiers on the ground in the Middle East-something that his predecessor President Barack Obama did three months after his inauguration.

He also shared a video of the Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington previous year.

"On this Memorial Day, I know that everybody is remembering the fallen soldiers who've paid the ultimate price for our country".

Presidents who didn't serve in the military - particularly those who are seen as having dodged the draft - always get blowback from service members and others around Memorial Day, but the rise of social media in the past 10 years has made complaints much more public.

"This is perhaps the most disgusting Trump tweet ever", tweeted Nate Bell, a conservative Arkansas politician also known for controversial remarks.

The unconventional tweet was sandwiched between an earlier video message that exclusively praised the country's veterans and a string of tweets that praised Fox News and railed against his political foes.

The president has been nicknamed "Cadet Bone Spurs" by Sen. "This Memorial Day, I hope you'll join me in acts of remembrance", Obama tweeted in 2016.

Addressing Gold Star families, Mr. Trump said the whole country thanks them, embraces them and will "never forget our heroes".

Former President George Bush also issued statements that contained nary a mention of the economy or job numbers.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honored the more than a million Americans he said "gave their last full measure so we could live in freedom and raise our children in peace". "And they were all united then, as they are united now, forever, by their undying love of our great country".

Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly attended the Memorial Day tribute with his wife Karen.

The Memorial Day in the USA unofficially starts the summer vacation period in the country.

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