Biden Wraps Up Trip To Visit Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

President Joe Biden recently visited France and made a significant stop at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to honor the Marines who perished during World War I. This visit was more than a tribute; it subtly contrasted his respect for the military with that of his Republican rival, Donald Trump, who had previously skipped a visit to the same cemetery.

Biden emphasized the historical importance of the site, noting, "More Marines were lost here than any other battle until the middle of World War II." He spoke softly but firmly about the need to pay respects to those who sacrificed their lives. He remarked, "America showed up. America showed up to stop the Germans. America showed up to make sure that they did not prevail. America shows up whenever needed, just like our allies show for us."

In stark contrast, Trump avoided visiting the cemetery during his 2018 trip to France, citing weather conditions as the reason. However, reports later emerged that Trump did not want to make the visit because he feared the rain would mess up his hair and did not see the importance of honoring the war dead, calling them "suckers" and "losers." This has been a contentious point, with Trump denying these accusations and blaming the Secret Service for the decision due to bad weather.

Biden did not need to mention Trump by name to highlight the difference in their values. The images of Biden laying a wreath, making the sign of the cross, and bowing his head in respect spoke volumes. When asked about Trump's refusal to visit the cemetery, Biden responded, "Any other questions?" This response subtly underscored his commitment to honoring military sacrifices without directly engaging in political mudslinging.

During his visit, Biden also met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Paris. They discussed the delayed $61 billion aid package for Ukraine, which had been held up by Congressional Republicans negotiating U.S. border security. Despite a slip of the tongue where Biden mentioned "Iraq" instead of "Ukraine," his message of unwavering support for Ukraine was clear.

The president's visit was not just about remembrance but also about reinforcing international alliances. He joined French President Emmanuel Macron for a formal state visit, emphasizing the long-standing relationship between the U.S. and France. During a toast, Biden reflected on the enduring partnership, stating, "France was our first ally and that's not insignificant. The fact of the matter is you were with us to help us secure our freedom, and we were with you 170 years later to do the same."

The trip included discussions on various global issues, including tensions in Gaza and Ukraine, and efforts to prevent a regional explosion, particularly in Lebanon. Biden's visit underscored his dedication to international cooperation and military honor, contrasting sharply with Trump's past actions and statements.

Overall, Biden's visit to France highlighted his respect for military service and international alliances, providing a clear distinction from Trump's approach. This visit served as a powerful reminder of the values of honor, respect, and partnership that are central to American leadership.

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