COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France – Capping off a week in which he drew protests in London and criticized a member of the British royal family, President Donald Trump delivered one of his most well-received speeches in Normandy, France, on Thursday.
Speaking on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France during World War II, Trump honored the dead and paid tribute to survivors, a solemn duty of American presidents.
The address near Omaha Beach won praise from supporters and critics alike – though some said Trump undercut his message by also giving a political interview to Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
"He knew the importance of the occasion," said James Carafano, vice president of national security and foreign policy at the right-leaning Heritage Foundation, saying that Trump has also delivered good speeches previously on topics like Afghanistan and Iran, and at venues like the United Nations.
Trump is an "unconventional statesman," he said, "but he can be a statesman."
Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group consulting firm and a frequent Trump critic, tweeted that D-Day was the "best speech of Trump’s presidency. Kept to script, not about him, maintained dignity and honor of the occasion."
Conservative activist Bill Kristol, a frequent critic of Trump, also said the president did a good job with his speech.
Beforehand, however, with the crosses of the Normandy cemetery in the background, Trump in his Fox News interview described former special counsel Robert Mueller as a "fool" and called Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "disaster."