Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) said Tuesday that President Donald Trump “shouldn’t be allowed” to attend next week’s D-Day anniversary ceremony in the wake of the president’s remarks about former Vice President Joe Biden and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
“Disgusting display by Trump. No mention of #MemorialDay. He shouldn’t be allowed at anniversary of D-Day June 6. I was there Sunday. What an honor to recall what brave Americans did for freedom,” Cohen tweeted in response to Rep. Pete King’s (R-NY) criticisms of President Trump’s comments while visiting Japan.
Republican @RepPeteKing sees it as do I but where are his colleagues.Disgusting displayby https://t.co/TKFHoCqt6V mention of #MemorialDay .He shouldn’t be allowed at anniversary of D-Day June 6.I was there Sunday.What an honor to recall what these brave Americans did for freedom. https://t.co/upCEiPr4RT
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) May 28, 2019
On Monday, King accused the president of siding with a “murderous dictator” over Biden, stating: “Politics stops at water’s edge. Never right to side with a murderous dictator vs. fellow American.”
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) May 27, 2019
President Trump is expected to visit France for events commemorating D-Day’s 75th anniversary on June 6th.
Over Memorial Day weekend, President Trump ridiculed Biden after Kim referred to the leading 2020 Democrat White House contender as a “fool of low IQ.”
“I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse,” Trump wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
The Biden campaign responded to the president’s dig on Tuesday, stating that his remarks are “part of a pattern of embracing autocrats at the expense of our institutions.”
“To be on foreign soil, on Memorial Day, and to side repeatedly with a murderous dictator against a fellow American and former Vice President speaks for itself,” said Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield. “And it’s part of a pattern of embracing autocrats at the expense of our institutions – whether taking Putin’s word at face value in Helsinki or exchanging ‘love letters’ with Kim Jong Un.”
In 2015, President Barack Obama criticized Republican White House candidates while on an overseas trip.
Breitbart News reported:
In a press conference in Anatalya, Turkey on Monday, Obama slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his opposition to resettling Syrian refugees in the U.S., particularly Muslims, in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Obama did not name Cruz directly, but it was clear who he meant when he singled out to leaders who “come from families who benefitted from protection when they were fleeing political persecution.” […]
Then, on Wednesday, speaking to reporters in the Philippines, Obama attacked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had earlier said that a ban on new Syrian refugees should apply to all, including children (“How are we going to care for these folks?”). Obama attacked Christie’s policy–again, without naming the goevrnor directly: “At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three year old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”
The Trump campaign has yet to respond to the Biden camp’s remarks.