President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are planning to visit Baltimore’s Fort McHenry on Memorial Day, but Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young hopes the President reconsiders, saying it sends a “bad message.”
“I’m asking the President to rethink his trip. It sends a bad, bad message to the citizens of Baltimore because I’m asking them to stay home and only come out for essential reasons, and we have a President that's coming to a city that he just berated over a year ago. And I just want him to set the example for the rest of the country and not do this trip, because it's not essential,” Young told CNN’s John King.
The White House has responded to Young’s plea, saying: “The brave men and women who have preserved our freedoms for generations did not stay home and the President will not, either, as he honors their sacrifice by visiting such a historic landmark in our nation’s history.”
Young said he is certain that the President could find another, safer way to honor the country’s fallen soldiers.
“This has nothing to do with him personally. My city is seeing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, and we don't want to spread it,” Young said.
Young also said the White House did not give the city a heads up and now leaders are scrambling to prepare.