Trump Makes Surprise Visit To MLK Memorial

Hugh Fox
January 22, 2019

Princeton historian Julian Zelizer on Monday smacked down Vice President Mike Pence for comparing President Donald Trump favorably with civil rights icon Martin Luther King. "Appreciate it", he said at the memorial after he and Vice President Pence laid a wreath.

The first daughter and presidential adviser posted an iconic photo of Martin Luther King Jr. waving to a huge crowd at the 1963 March on Washington, thanking him for inspiring the nation and persisting in the face of adversity. Great day. handsome day.

The White House released its presidential proclamation a few days before the holiday, officially recognizing January 21 as the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

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Trump had been criticized earlier in the day by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who said it was "an insult to the American people" that the White House was not commemorating the holiday with an event.

The National Park Service says a grant from The Delta Air Lines Foundation and revenue generated by its recreation fees have enabled it to open up the Martin Luther King, Jr.

Trump faced criticism in 2018 for marking the holiday with a visit to his private golf course in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Sharpton criticized the White House for not holding any events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Mr Pence made the controversial comments about Martin Luther King Jr on Sunday during a discussion with CBS host Margaret Brennan about ending the government shutdown, sparked by a dispute about the border wall. Day became an official federal holiday, had nothing planned to lead by example in observing the day.

Former President Barack Obama also reminded his followers of King's message on Twitter. The president pre-empted the visit with a tweet lauding the national holiday and by issuing a presidential proclamation.

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