President Donald Trump said Friday that he’s considering accepting Vladimir Putin’s invitation to attend Russia’s May Day parade, a military event held in Moscow commemorating the capitulation of Nazi Germany.
“President Putin invited me,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “It’s a very big deal, celebrating the end of the war, etc., etc. A very big deal. I appreciate the invitation.”
Trump said his only hesitation in attending May Day is that the parade falls during a pivotal time in the 2020 campaign election cycle.
“It is in the middle of our political season, so I will see if I can do it, but I would love to go if I could,” he concluded.
May Day is not only a flex of Russian military might, but also a show of support for workers’ rights and communism, the latter being a topic Trump has vociferously opposed.
“As we pause on this day of remembrance to honor victims of communism everywhere, we must resolve always to safeguard the cherished liberties that foster peace and unleash unparalleled prosperity,” the White House said in a Thursday statement on National Day for the Victims of Communism. “Together, we can build a future free from the evils of communism.”
Trump’s presidency has long been criticized for his friendly affiliation with Putin, a stark contrast from previous administrations that included tense U.S.-Russia relations. Trump consistently denies allegations from the report written by former special counsel Robert Mueller, who concluded that Moscow mounted an aggressive effort to disrupt the 2016 presidential election and assist Trump.
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