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Trump on Skipping Arlington Cemetery Visit on Veteran’s Day: I Was Busy

In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, President Trump claimed that he was simply too “busy” to visit Arlington National Cemetery on Veteran’s Day—but his public schedule and tweets suggest otherwise. According to an interview transcript, Wallace asked the president why he didn’t go “across the river to Arlington” after returning from France on Monday, noting that “Barak Obama went every year while he was in D.C.” The president admitted he probably “should have done that,” but claimed he was “extremely busy on calls for the country.” Trump also claimed he came in from France “very late that night.” “I really probably assumed that was fine and I was extremely busy because of affairs of state—doing other things,” Trump reiterated. Trump’s public schedule for Nov. 12 said the president had “no public events scheduled.” He also tweeted a total of eight times that day.