Politico President Donald Trump is planning a moment of silence on Friday to mark the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington.
It will be the first time since 1963 that presidents have made the day a formal one-day event, and some have argued that it was the wrong time to hold a momentous event to honor fallen service members.
“The President was very clear that it would be a moment to reflect and to celebrate and to honor the sacrifices that have been made by our service members,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Friday.
“I want to make sure that as many of our service men and women are able to do that as we are able.”
The moment, Sanders said, would be “an opportunity to honor those who have served and who have been sacrificed in service to our country.”
Trump’s comments came in the wake of Trump’s decision to take to the podium during the March for Life to denounce the Black Lives Matter movement and call for unity in the fight against racism.
“When the White Houses Chief Strategist said it’s time to take our country back from the thugs and the terrorists who want to destroy our way of life, it was an amazing message that got out,” said John Zogby, president of the Military Association of America.
“And the President got on the stage, and said, ‘We’re going to be back together.
We’re going a different way.
We will be back as a country.
We are a united nation.’
And that’s exactly what we’re going forward to do.”
On Saturday, the White Sox will host the Cleveland Indians, the biggest crowd Trump has faced on a national stage.
The president’s response to the Black lives matter movement, and his response to those who voted for him, have been divisive and polarizing.
But as the president has made clear, he will be at the March.
His public remarks about Black Lives matter, while at times personal, have also been directed at those who oppose the movement.
The March for Trump is being held at the White Hall of the West Wing in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 4, 2020.
(Alex Brandon/AP) President Trump’s words, and the way he has treated Black Lives Matters protesters, has been a significant obstacle to the White States progress on social justice and racial justice.
The movement, whose name is a play on the word “black,” has focused on the idea that police brutality and racial inequality are a daily reality for millions of black Americans.
Trump has been critical of the Black community in general, and particularly of Black Lives Movement protesters.
He has repeatedly accused the Black movement of being racist and violent.
He called BLM activists “thugs” and said they should be locked up for their actions.
“There are thugs in that movement.
I think that you’re going take their jobs,” Trump said during an interview with CBS in January.
“We’re taking their jobs.
We need to get the thugs out.
The ones that have done the violence are the ones that are in there.”
He said, “I think the whole Black Lives movement is racist.
I don’t think it’s racist.
The Black Lives is, you know, you’re talking about the people who are in that community.
And I think you have to say, ‘Who are they?’
They are not the people you want in your community.”
The president also used the Black protesters to attack his opponent, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
“He’s a phony, a phony Democrat, who doesn’t care about Black lives, cares about his wealth, cares more about his own political power than he cares about the lives of African-Americans,” Trump told a rally in Florida in February.
“So I think we’re just going to have to do it on our own, and we’re not going to do this in the name of some other race.
That’s not the way to do things.”
Trump has also been critical in his public comments of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for failing to reach out to Black Americans during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Trump made his comments during a visit to a high school in Florida, and a reporter asked the president if he was going to visit the school, which is near the school where the president was speaking.
“No, I’m not,” Trump responded.
“That’s a good school.
I have a lot of friends at that school, too.”
But the president did acknowledge that Black Americans “are a minority in our country, and it is a minority that’s suffering and suffering and hurting.”
“So what I’m going to say is, it’s a very, very big problem,” he said.
“It’s a problem we all have to deal with.”
On Tuesday, Sanders tweeted: “The silence on the day of Martin Luther King Jr. is deafening and shameful.
It’s a shameful moment.
This is the president of our country who said he does not understand