Donald Trump made his first public appearance since losing the election today, and made an unfortunate gaffe while paying respect to war dead.
The President travelled to Arlington National Cemetery, a short drive from the White House, in Virginia – where he took part in a commemoration at the tomb of the unknown soldier to mark Veterans’ Day.
But when the National Anthem was played, the President repeated a protocol error he’s made a number of times before.
He saluted the flag.
According to the US flag code, only military personnel and veterans are supposed to salute the flag during the national anthem.
Everyone else is invited to “face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart”.
The President, who has never served in the military and avoided the Vietnam draft on five occasions, has repeatedly made this mistake.
Most recently, he saluted the flag during the National Anthem during an Independence Day ceremony at Mount Rushmore in July this year.
Trump has repeatedly criticised athletes for failing to pay due deference to the flag by kneeling during the National Anthem in protest against police brutality and racism.
After the National Anthem, Trump approached the wreath and stood for a moment of silence before retreating and again saluting as a lone trumpeter played Taps – the US equivalent of the Last Post.
It was the President’s first public appearance, other than two golf outings, since a White House news conference last Thursday in which he made unsubstantiated election fraud claims.
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill visited a war memorial in Philadelphia to mark Veterans Day.
Biden, holding the hand of his wife Dr Jill Biden, and accompanied by the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, arrived at the black marble Philadelphia Korean War Memorial this morning.