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President Trump fails to salute flag at military ceremony

  • President Trump failed to honor the flag during a traditional military ceremony
  • During the ceremony at an Air National Guard hangar, Trump appeared baffled and asked why 'nice music' was playing in the back during an interview
  • While speaking with Sean Hannity, Trump joked, 'They're playing that in honor of (Sean Hannity's) ratings. Did you see how good his ratings are?'
  • Members in the audience showed their respects and could be seen standing in the background during the bugle call

By Jessa Schroeder For Dailymail.com

Published: 01:39 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 03:06 EDT, 13 October 2017

As Evening Colors sounded during a military ceremony at an Air National Guard hangar, President Trump appeared baffled and asked why 'nice music' was playing during an interview.

While speaking with Sean Hannity Tuesday, Trump, who has fiercely made his dedication to the stars and stripes known - said when the bugle call sounded in the background: 'Are they playing that for you, or for me?'

He then confidently joked: 'They're playing that in honor of (Sean Hannity's) ratings. Did you see how good his ratings are? He's beating everybody,' he turned and asked the audience.

As Evening Colors sounded during a military ceremony at an Air National Guard base, President Trump appeared baffled and asked why 'nice music' was playing during one of his interviews
As Evening Colors sounded during a military ceremony at an Air National Guard base, President Trump appeared baffled and asked why 'nice music' was playing during one of his interviews

As Evening Colors sounded during a military ceremony at an Air National Guard base, President Trump appeared baffled and asked why 'nice music' was playing during one of his interviews

The flag is lowered then raised on U.S. installations as the bugle sounds in the back and 'uniform service members are required to salute' while civilians are required to 'place their hand over their heart,' Task & Purpose explained
The flag is lowered then raised on U.S. installations as the bugle sounds in the back and 'uniform service members are required to salute' while civilians are required to 'place their hand over their heart,' Task & Purpose explained

The flag is lowered then raised on U.S. installations as the bugle sounds in the back and 'uniform service members are required to salute' while civilians are required to 'place their hand over their heart,' Task & Purpose explained

Hannity replied after: 'I think they'll be higher tonight ... I'm just guessing.'

It seems the President failed to remember one important American tradition - as he disregarded any form of tribute - even though members of the audience showed their respects by standing together.

During military ceremonies, it's commonly known the flag is lowered then raised on U.S. installations as 'Retreat' sounds in the back and service members in uniform 'are required to salute' while civilians are required to 'place their hand over their heart,' Task & Purpose explained of the official rules.

Trump's reaction to the meaningful tradition, which dates back centuries, was certainly not reflecting of his recent public statements made regarding respect of country and flag.

THE AMERICAN TRADITION TRUMP FAILED TO TAKE PART IN

'Uniformed service members located outside of a building are required to stop and salute the flag, while civilians are required to place their hand over their heart. 

'The tradition also requires service members who are driving vehicles on a military base to pull over and render a salute' - Task & Purpose

 

Trump's reaction to the meaningful tradition that dates back centuries - was less than reflecting of his latest public statements about respect of country and the flag
Trump's reaction to the meaningful tradition that dates back centuries - was less than reflecting of his latest public statements about respect of country and the flag

Trump's reaction to the meaningful tradition that dates back centuries - was less than reflecting of his latest public statements about respect of country and the flag

He has strongly condemned NFL stars protesting during the National Anthem
He has strongly condemned NFL stars protesting during the National Anthem

He has strongly condemned NFL stars protesting during the National Anthem

'The issue has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!', Trump said back in late September
'The issue has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!', Trump said back in late September

'The issue has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!', Trump said back in late September

Specifically aimed at NFL stars like Colin Kaepernick - who gained national and worldwide attention for protesting before the start of games during the National Anthem - Trump condemned the silent demonstration which has since went viral on the field among several other sports stars.

During the Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers game Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence even exited the stands after players knelt to protest.

Trump later took to his Twitter page confirming Pence and Second Lady Karen's departure from the game came at his request. 

He wrote to social media that afternoon: 'I asked Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and Karen.' 

The President has strongly criticized their rights to freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of association by also threatening a tax law to protesters and adding he'd 'like to punch' a man in the face who knelt at one of his rallies.

'The issue has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!', he said back in late September.

'Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!'


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