Baltimore Mayor Jack Young sent a painful message to President Donald Trump on Thursday. “I wish that the President, as our nation’s leader, would set a positive example and not travel during this holiday weekend.” Trump now slated to attend a ceremony at Maryland’s Fort McHenry.
Young stated, “I would hope that the President would change his mind and decide to remain at home. If he decides, however, to move forward with his scheduled trip to Baltimore we will, of course, be prepared for his visit.”
CBS News Baltimore affiliate reported:
The White House announced President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump would be visiting Baltimore on Monday. The White House said the Trumps would be coming to Fort McHenry “to honor the American heroes who have sacrificed their lives serving in the US Armed Forces.” The hoisting of the American flag after the fort defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812 inspired the poem that came to be known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The President and First Lady will be joined by Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Interior Secretary David Bernhardt; Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and military ceremonial units.
Though Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expressed, “We are honored that the President and the First Lady have chosen to spend Memorial Day at Fort McHenry.” The Governor reportedly will not be in attendance.
He added, “Although Marylanders are encouraged not to gather in large numbers this year – now more than ever – it’s important to reflect on the American heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Monday is the governor’s birthday, and he has plans to mark the day at home with his family.”
President Trump previously had announced, “The City of Baltimore remains under a Stay at Home order that was put in place to help safeguard our residents from the dangers associated with COVID-19.”
In addition, “We have worked closely with our health professionals to educate the public about the benefits of social distancing and staying home, unless leaving for an essential reason, like visiting a doctor or picking up groceries.” That is not exactly a warm welcome.