President Donald Trump walks off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House returning from California after viewing damage from that state's wildfires on November 18, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
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In rare admission, Trump says he regrets missing Veterans Day services at Arlington

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“I should have done that. I was extremely busy on calls for the country. We did a lot of calling,” Trump told host Chris Wallace, who pressed the president on why he didn’t take a quick trip across the river to attend ceremonies honoring America’s war dead.

“I probably, ah, you know, in retrospect I should have, and I did last year and I will virtually every year, but we came in very late at night and I had just left, literally, the American cemetery in Paris, and I really probably assumed that was fine.”

Trump had just returned from ceremonies in France commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, where he also missed a service for American veterans buried in France.

“I was extremely busy because of affairs of state, doing other things,” he said.

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During the interview, Trump also doubled down on calling journalists “the enemy of the people,” and he criticized a retired Navy SEAL who commanded the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Trump said it took too long to get bin Laden, and he complained that Pakistan didn’t help at all.

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