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Critics slam Trump for skipping veterans event
02:17 - Source: CNN
Washington CNN  — 

President Donald Trump touted his administration’s efforts to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs during a White House event Thursday afternoon but offered no new policies.

“The fact is, I’ve done a lot. I could – goodbye! Goodbye everybody!” Trump said jokingly, waving as if he were about to exit. “That’s a lot. That is a lot. That’s more than anyone has ever even thought about. And I’m proud of it.”

“And we’re not finished yet. That’s why I figured, I did so much I could leave now,” he continued. “But we’re not finished. We never will be finished.”

In his prepared remarks, the President noted his Armistice Day and Veterans Day observances in France.

“Earlier this week our nation celebrated Veterans Day and we also marked the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. It was a beautiful, beautiful and important day,” Trump said.

“On Sunday, I had the immense privilege of visiting Suresnes cemetery in France to pay tribute to the brave Americans who laid down their lives for our nation one century ago. One hundred years. We will never forget what these heroes did to win … and to secure peace,” he said.

Trump was criticized for missing a planned visit to an American cemetery and memorial due to adverse weather while in France and did not hold any public events to honor veterans in Washington on Monday, when the holiday was observed.

Trump also cited the expansion of the GI bill as a point of success Thursday.

“(A) crucial element to our veterans agenda is improved access to education. La