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Trump joins Queen at World War II ceremony in UK

Thursday, June 06, 2019

London: US President Donald Trump joined Queen Elizabeth II at a World War II commemorative ceremony in the port city of Portsmouth yesterday.

Hundreds of war veterans were feted at the grand ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which marked the start of the Allied Forces campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied north-west Europe during World War II.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is hosting 15 world leaders to honour the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history, with representatives from every country that fought alongside the UK in attendance.

Joining May and Trump, who is on a three day state-visit to the UK, were French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as Prime Ministers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland and Slovakia.

May – who is making her final official appearances as Prime Minister ahead of her formal resignation on Friday – described the landings as a "moment of historic international cooperation".

Events in Portsmouth retold the story of the build-up to the Battle of Normandy in France, which will host commemorations to be attended by world leaders on Thursday – marking the June 6, 1944 day of the landings. It remains the largest amphibious assault in history, claiming the lives of an estimated 4,400 troops in one day.

"Well, I was never a fan of that war I'll be honest with you. I thought it was a terrible war, I thought it was very far away," Trump said in reference to the war, during an interview with Britain's ITV channel ahead of the event.

"That may have been the greatest battle ever in history. Being at that site (Portsmouth) will be very interesting," he noted.

The US President covered a range of subjects during the interview with TV host Piers Morgan, known as close to Trump.

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