President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen conducted an invasion that helped liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Portsmouth, England. An image of President Franklin D. Roosevelt is shown, right. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump reads from Roosevelt's D-Day prayer

June 05, 2019 - 7:02 am

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Britain (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, President Donald Trump is reading a prayer that President Franklin Roosevelt delivered in a radio address to the U.S. on June 6, 1944.

Roosevelt gave the prayer as U.S. and allied forces were crossing the English Channel to land on the beaches of Normandy, France. Trump read from the prayer on the stage before veterans and world leaders, including Queen Elizabeth II, commemorating the anniversary in Portsmouth, England.

Reading from the prayer, Trump said: "Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day, have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization and to set free a suffering humanity."


11:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump is helping kick off two days of D-Day observances by reading excerpts of a prayer that President Franklin Roosevelt read to the nation on June 6, 1944.

Trump is to read the prayer Wednesday in Portsmouth, England, during a ceremony in which leaders will reference historical documents linked to D-Day. The timing of the Normandy invasion during World War II had been a top secret. Roosevelt made no mention of it during a national radio broadcast the day before, and he used the prayer to help explain his silence.

The event will also feature testimony from veterans and a fly-over of vintage and modern military aircraft.


10:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump is at Portsmouth Naval Base on the southern coast of England, which was a key launching pad for forces that landed on Normandy during World War II.

Trump flew there Wednesday to pay his respects to American service members and allies who helped rescue Europe from Nazi Germany.

Trump will join Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Theresa May for the first of two events commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day that Trump is attending this week.

Later, Trump will fly to Ireland to meet with Irish officials.


7:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump says Prince Charles bent his ear on climate change, though he did not say what impact it had.

Trump says he had planned on a 15-minute chat with Charles as part of his visit to the United Kingdom this week: "It turned out to be an hour-and-a-half. And he did most of the talking," Trump said.

Trump was asked about the exchange during an interview for "Good Morning Britain."

Trump says Charles "is really into climate change" and wants to make sure future generations have "climate that is good climate, as opposed to a disaster, and I agree."

Trump says he told the future king that the U.S. has among the cleanest climates in the world, seemingly equating pollution to climate change.


5:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump will pay his respects Wednesday to American service members and allies who helped rescue Europe from Nazi Germany as he enters the midway point of his European visit.

Trump will join Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May at Portsmouth Naval Base, which served as a key launch pad for the forces that would land on Normandy. It will be the first of two events commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day that Trump is attending this week.

The day is normally a heartfelt tribute to unity and sacrifice, outweighing any national or political skirmish. But some on both sides of the Atlantic are nervous about Trump, who has shown a willingness to inject partisanship into such moments. Trump is scheduled to make a brief address.

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