People question President Trump’s health after slowly driving down a ramp after a speech at West Point. Trump defended himself and said it was slippery.
WEST POINT, NY. – After a speech at West Point on Saturday, President Donald Trump climbed down a long ramp and stepped forward cautiously while watching his feet.
Twitter users shared a video of the moment on Saturday and Sunday, with some claiming that Trump’s gang had highlighted health issues, possibly a stroke.
Trump went to Twitter to defend his walking and said the ramp was slippery.
“The ramp that I went down to the West Point Commencement after my speech was very long and steep, had no handrail and, above all, was very slippery. The last thing I wanted to do was” fall “for the fake news to be fun The last ten feet I walked on level ground. Momentum! “He wrote.
The hashtags #TrumpIsUnwell and #RampGate were trending on the social media site on Sunday.
In his speech on Saturday, Trump highlighted the diversity of the senior class at West Point and appealed to the latest American officers to uphold the country’s core values. This speech emphasized the unit at a time when the commander-in-chief’s relationship with military leaders was strained and questions arose about the role of soldiers in civil society.
“You came from farms and cities, from big and small states and from every race, religion, skin color and creed. But when you entered this area, you became part of a team, a family that proudly served an American nation, ‘ ‘Trump told the more than 1,100 graduates.
Trump’s opening speech came when arguments raged over his threat to deploy American troops on US soil to suppress protests resulting from the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.
The President told the 2020 class: “They became brothers and sisters who committed themselves to the same timeless principles and united in a common mission: to protect our country, to defend our people and the traditions of freedom, equality and freedom to continue freedom that so many have given their lives to secure. He said that they “demonstrate the power of a common national purpose to overcome all differences and achieve true unity. Today you complete a class and embody a noble creed: duty, honor, country. “
Tensions between the White House and the military have escalated since nationwide protests began against the death of Floyd, a black man who was held by the neck by a white policeman for several minutes despite saying that he could not breathe.
Trump apparently alluded to the protests, saying, “What has made America unique is the stability of its institutions against the passions and prejudices of the moment. When times are turbulent, when the road is rough, the most important thing is that which is permanent … timeless, permanent and eternal. ”
He said that from the US military academy came “the men and women who waged and won a bloody war to erase the evil of slavery within a lifetime after our founding.”
Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams, West Point’s superintendent and the first African American to hold the office, told the cadets that their “upcoming challenges require moral and physical courage.”
For the past two weeks, Trump has been yelling at Defense Minister Mark Esper for speaking out publicly against Trump’s call to deploy active troops to deal with the demonstrations. Trump then Complete Esper’s attempt to open a public debate on the removal of Confederate Army officers from military bases.
General Mark Milley, the chief of staff, continued to risk Trump’s anger on Thursday by declaring it was “a mistake” for him to accompany Trump on a walk through Lafayette Square on June 1st. The trip ended with the President holding up a Bible and posing for the news media outside of St. John’s Church, which was damaged by fire during the riots.
Milley’s comments were an extraordinary expression of regret from Trump’s chief military adviser, who said that his appearance caused the military to become involved in politics, which he believes – one shared by Esper – is a threat to democracy.
The events sparked the debate within the military and among retired officers. More than 500 West Point graduates from classes spanning six decades have signed an open letter reminding the 2020 class of their commitment to avoid partisan politics.
The letter, released this week on Medium, also hinted at the problems Esper and Milley had faced in the White House after Floyd’s death.
“Unfortunately, the government has threatened to use the army that uses you as a weapon against other Americans involved in these legitimate protests,” they wrote. “Worse, military leaders who took the same oath you took today have participated in politically charged events. The principle of civil control is central to the military profession. But this principle does not imply blind obedience. “
They added: “We are concerned that other graduates working in high-level public positions are not keeping their oath of office and their commitment to duty, honor and country. Their actions jeopardize the credibility of an apolitical military. “
Esper was not there. In a video address, he told the cadets that he knows that their education and training “have prepared them to be strong leaders with character, confidence, and courage. … I expect you to remain committed to our core values - loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. These principles will guide you in challenging times and in the face of new and emerging threats. “
Trump’s appearance had been criticized as a political move that would jeopardize graduates to put Trump on a big stage in a picturesque part of New York, the only remaining military academy where he hadn’t yet given a final address. Historic West Point is 65 kilometers up the Hudson River from New York City, the epicenter of the US coronavirus outbreak.
Army officials defended the move and said the cadets had to face the health risks of returning to campus anyway to conduct their latest medical exams, equipment, and training.
The cadets have been at home since the spring break in early March, shortly before the corona virus was declared a pandemic and Trump announced a national emergency. They returned to campus in late May.
A group called Veterans For Peace announced a protest outside West Point’s main gate on Saturday against the so-called “dangerous narcissistic photo-op stunt at the West Point graduation ceremony”.
The recently commissioned second lieutenants wore masks when they marched on the West Point parade field, rather than the Mitchie Stadium, the long-standing venue. They sat 1.8 meters apart and complied with federal guidelines to exercise social distance during the outbreak. They removed the masks when the ceremony started.
Instead of shaking hands with the president, graduates should step onto a platform in front of the main podium and greet them. Guests were not allowed; Family and friends had to look online.
The senior class was immediately subjected to a coronavirus test when they returned to campus in late May. More than 15 positively tested class members were isolated for two weeks before being allowed to return to their classmates.