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Trump Joins Other Leaders for D-Day Ceremonies

LONDON — Roderick James contributed to this report.

U.S. President Donald Trump joined British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders Wednesday for a D-Day commemoration ceremony in the southern British city of Portsmouth.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, pose for a formal photograph with leaders of the other Allied Nations ahead of the National Commemorative Event commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth, England, June 5,

The event included musical performances and historical readings, including Trump reciting a prayer that former U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt read to those listening on the radio after the start of 1944 invasion.

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen conducted an invasion that helped liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, June 5, 2019, in Portsmouth, England.

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen conducted an invasion that helped liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, June 5, 2019, in Portsmouth, England.

May's office released a statement highlighting the "historic international cooperation" involved in the massive operation to land forces across the English Channel in Normandy, France as allied militaries worked to defeat Nazi Germany.

"As we unite to pay tribute to those whose bravery and sacrifice on the beaches of Normandy marked a turning point in the Second World War, we will vow never to forget the debt we owe them," May said. "Their solidarity and determination in the defense of our freedom remains a lesson to us all."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth also took part in the commemorations, including visiting with D-Day veterans along with Trump.

British D-Day veteran Jim Booth speaks to police officers as he arrives for an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England, June 5, 2019.

British D-Day veteran Jim Booth speaks to police officers as he arrives for an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England, June 5, 2019.

Next stop, Ireland 

Trump's schedule Wednesday features additional meetings with U.S. service members before he travels on to Ireland to meet with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The U.S. leader deployed a mix of diplomacy and barbs in his joint news conference with May in London Tuesday.

Trump said the United States is committed to a "phenomenal trade deal" with Britain as the country prepares to leave the European Union.

He also praised May, who is stepping down as Conservative Party leader on Friday after failing to secure a deal to leave the EU.

But Trump described opposition Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been critical of Trump, as a "negative force," and said he would not meet with him during his visit. Trump also renewed his criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who wrote in The Observer newspaper that welcoming Trump for a state visit was "un-British."

Chances of trade deal slim

May said she supported a bilateral trade deal. She praised the economic and trade relations between the countries as one that "helps to ensure there are jobs that employ people here in the U.K. and in the United States, that underpins our prosperity, and our future."

But analyst Jacob Parakilas of Chatham House said the chances of achieving that trade deal anytime soon are slim.

He said with Brexit still uncertain, there was a pretty limited chance of anything substantive emerging, as well as "the inability to determine what a future U.S.-U.K. trade relationship will look like" without the resolution to the question of whether Britain will remain in the customs union or the single market with the European Union.

A man looks at badges with anti-Trump messages, on sale in central London, during a protest against the state visit of President Donald Trump, June 4, 2019.

A man looks at badges with anti-Trump messages, on sale in central London, during a protest against the state visit of President Donald Trump, June 4, 2019. 

‘Where are the protests?'

While Trump and May held their joint news conference, protesters flooded the streets a block away.

They had various messages for the U.S. leader, including protesting his policies on the environment and climate change.

People hold placards with anti-Trump messages in central London, during a protest against the state visit of President Donald Trump, June 4, 2019.

People hold placards with anti-Trump messages in central London, during a protest against the state visit of President Donald Trump, June 4, 2019.

They also protested what they see as Trump's attacks on values they uphold.

"Values like respect for other people, tolerance, nondiscrimination," said Londoner Christine Fuchs. "Now, our government turns around and hosts someone with full stage honors, who stands against all those values."

Source: https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-europe-d-day-ceremonies/4946354.html

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