Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young again asked president Trump to not visit the city on Memorial Day due to the stay-at-home order in Baltimore.
Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young renewed his request Friday for President Donald Trump to cancel his Memorial Day trip to Baltimore’s Fort McHenry.
Appearing on CNN, the Democratic mayor asked the Republican president to rethink his visit, saying it sends a bad message to Baltimore residents who remain under a stay-at-home order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“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 said.
Young first asked Trump to reconsider his visit Thursday, though the White House responded that it had no intention of doing so.
“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,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Fort McHenry, the site of the War of 1812 battle that inspired the poem that became the U.S. national anthem, remains closed to the public.
Young, who didn’t get a heads up from the White House about the planned visit, said the city continues to ban gatherings of more than 10 people — a number that will be eclipsed easily by Trump’s “entourage.”
He added that the city’s resources already are stretched thin due to the pandemic, and that it can’t shoulder the added cost of a presidential visit. He urged the president, and everyone else, to observe the holiday at home.
“We told young people that they can not have their prom because of this pandemic — weddings and funerals,” Young said. “The White House is going to say what they want to say and do what they want to do, and I’m just hoping the president will just rethink this because it’s not a smart thing to do.”