A 93-year-old D-Day veteran proved his courage once again as he openly flirted with Melania Trump right in front of her husband.
The amusing moment was captured on video as President Donald Trump met Thomas Cuthbert and thanked him for his service after a ceremony in Normandy commemorating the 75th anniversary of thousands of troops storming the beaches in World War II.
(Video: YouTube/The Sun)
“It’s my honor, believe me,” Trump told Cuthbert, who was awarded the Legion of Honour in May 2017.
“Thank you very much. We fought well together,” the president said, shaking his hand following the hour-long D-Day ceremony.
Cuthbert, from Elmstead Market, Essex, then reached out to greet the first lady, telling her it was nice to meet her before joking with the president.
“Oh, she is a nice lady, isn’t she?” he said after shaking her hand. “If it wasn’t for you and if I was 20 years younger…”
“You can handle it, no question,” the president joked back.
The Trumps along with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles met with six veterans at a small reception after watching the Red Arrows perform an aerial display.
As we approach the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, we proudly commemorate those heroic and honorable patriots who gave their all for the cause of freedom during some of history’s darkest hours. #DDay75 https://t.co/hjTkdM7VcN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019
A ceremony featuring poems, speeches and music earlier had also seen Trump deliver remarks on the courage of “citizens of free and independent nations, united by their duty to their compatriots and to millions yet unborn.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 6, 2019
Following the reception, Cuthbert, who served on a landing barge oiler anchored offshore from Utah and Omaha beaches during the D-Day landings, remarked that Trump “came across very well.”
“He surprised me, when you see someone on the TV but he seemed different, he seemed one of the boys,” he added, according to The Sun. “His wife was very pleasant as well.”
Prince Charles, who served in the Royal Navy in the 1970s, joked with the veteran about suffering from seasickness.
Cuthbert was apparently not the only one who was impressed – and even a bit surprised – by Trump, even as the mainstream media in America worked overtime to paint the president’s visit to London this week in a negative light.
Queen sends Trump off with special parting words. British press positive, while US media shows its butt https://t.co/cSvb8zsK0A
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 5, 2019
“I was very surprised, he spoke very quietly, I wasn’t expecting that,” Joan ‘Jonni’ Berfield told Metro UK. “He was very interested in what I had done, his wife was charming.”
Berfield, who served as a coder during the war, was wished a happy birthday by the president after she told him she would be turning 95 on June 7.
“So you were well ahead of your time,” Trump told her. “Coder, that’s pretty sound, that means very smart. Great to meet you.”
Royal Marine Douglas Chrome from Heathrow, west London, told the Queen he had been an 18-year-old gunner on a landing craft on Juno Beach and later expressed his happiness at having met the monarch and the U.S. president.
“It was a real honor to meet Her Majesty and then I saw Donald Trump. I had heard lots of things about him but he was actually very nice,” Chrome said. “He told me ‘we’re really proud of you.'”
Ted Cordery remarked about his “eye-to-eye” meeting with Trump and how it changed his impression of the president.
“He said you guys did a great job but I said it wasn’t only us – your country did it as well, the 95-year-old veteran who had been a leading seaman torpedo-man on HMS Belfast during the war, said.
“We shook hands and he said delighted to meet you. It has completely changed my mind of him,” Cordery remarked. “Eye-to-eye he is a really great guy. Honestly. Completely different to the impression I had before.”
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