President Donald Trump on Friday signaled he’s considering attending Russia’s Victory Day parade, an annual military parade and celebration of the defeat of Nazi Germany.
“It’s a very big deal, celebrating the end of the war,” Trump said to reporters.
Attending the parade would be highly controversial given the historic level of animosity between Moscow and Washington.
If Trump accepts Putin’s invitation, it would be a massive public relations victory for the Russian leader.
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President Donald Trump on Friday he’s “certainly” considering accepting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation to attend Russia’s Victory Day parade in 2020. Doing so would offer a major public relations victory to Putin at a time of historic animosity between Moscow and Washington.
“It’s a very big deal, celebrating the end of the war,” Trump said to reporters on the annual military parade in Moscow, which commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. The parade takes place in Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 each year.
The president said he’s “thinking about” joining for the parade, but signaled it could be difficult because it occurs in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign season.
The reporter who asked Trump if he’s planning to accept Putin’s invitation referred to the event as the “May Day” parade, which is a reference to International Worker’s Day on May 1 and not the same as Russia’s Victory Day parade. Putin invited Trump to the Victory Day parade in late June, which was announced by the Russian president’s spokesman after the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
Here’s Trump saying he’s considering attending Rusia’s May Day parade.
“President Putin invited me to the — it’s a very big deal! celebrating the end of the war, etc., etc. A very big deal. So I appreciate the invitation… I would love to go if I could.” pic.twitter.com/4CJkUhQl8x
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 8, 2019
If Trump attended the parade next year, it would be highly controversial.
Steven Hall, a retired CIA chief of Russian operations, on Friday tweeted: “For Putin, this would basically serve as Trump’s approval of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, military actions in Syria, and paramilitary work in Libya. All wrapped up in one nice package.”
Former President George W. Bush attended the parade in 2005, but circumstances were much different at the time. It was the …read more
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