President Trump laid a wreath at Arlington and people had a problem with it

Tanya Edwards
Photo: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

President Trump on Monday laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — hours after tweeting that service members killed in action would be “happy” with the way he was running the country — and people aren’t happy about it.

During the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, a bugler played “Taps” as the wreath was laid and before the president delivered a traditional address.

“We are gathered here on the sacred soil of Arlington National Cemetery to honor the lives and deeds of America’s greatest heroes, the men and women who laid down their lives for our freedom,” he said.

The president attended a military school, the New York Military Academy, but he never served in the military and got several deferments during the Vietnam War, including one for bone spurs. None of his children have served in the military.

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.

People on Twitter had jokes about the bone spurs, of course.



Others just seemed angry.




Some people remembered family members who served.


Others suggested people in the administration who might have been better suited to lay the wreath.


One person opined that the president would rather be golfing.


Many referenced the hashtag #cadetbonespurs.


The hashtag refers to the moniker for Trump created by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who lost both legs in combat, after Trump called Democrats who did not applaud his State of the Union address “treasonous.”

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