BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Jack Young hopes President Donald Trump changes his mind about visiting Baltimore’s Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine this Memorial Day and instead remains at home.

The White House announced President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump would be visiting Baltimore on Monday.

Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Young said he wished the President would set a better example as Baltimore remains under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The City of Baltimore remains under a Stay at Home order that was put in place to help safeguard our residents from the dangers associated with COVID-19,” He said. “We have worked closely with our health professionals to educate the public about the benefits of social distancing and staying home, unless leaving for an essential reason, like visiting a doctor or picking up groceries.”

Trump deciding to pursue non-essential travel sends the wrong message to residents, Young said, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

“I wish that the President, as our nation’s leader, would set a positive example and not travel during this holiday weekend,” Young added.

He added that the President’s visit also requires personnel and equipment at a price tag the city “can’t afford to shoulder” as its dealing with a loss of $20 million per month.

“I would hope that the President would change his mind and decide to remain at home. If he decides, however, to move forward with his scheduled trip to Baltimore we will, of course, be prepared for his visit,” Young said.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan  (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Gov. Larry Hogan won’t be meeting up with the President at Fort McHenry Monday as Memorial Day also marks the governor’s birthday, which he’s like to spend with his family.

Hogan’s office issued this statement about the President’s visit to Maryland:

“We are honored that the President and the First Lady have chosen to spend  Memorial Day at Fort McHenry. Although Marylanders are encouraged not to gather in large numbers this year – now more than ever – it’s important to reflect on the American heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Monday is the governor’s birthday, and he has plans to mark the day at home with his family.”

The White House said the Trumps would be coming to Fort McHenry “to honor the American heroes who have sacrificed their lives serving in the US Armed Forces.” The hoisting of the American flag after the fort defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812 inspired the poem that came to be known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The President and First Lady will be joined by Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Interior Secretary David Bernhardt; Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and military ceremonial units.

On Thursday, two Osprey aircraft and Marine One were seen practice landing at Fort McHenry ahead of the president’s arrival Monday.

WJZ’s Chopper 13 was over the scene.

Some Associated Press reporting was used in this article. 

Kelsey Kushner

Comments (15)
  1. Elizabeth Crothers says:

    The Mayor is going to be losing more than $20 million a month if we doesn’t allow business to open. Many will go out of business due to his lack of leadership.

  2. King Julian says:

    that’s why he won’t be mayor come november, he could also be a better leader and not get his news and information from Facebook( the white van abducting people).

  3. Pat Smtih says:

    Gonna take a wild guess here, but I’m betting the mayor is a democrat. If Obama was coming, he would be singing a different tune. I do not recall Obama just sitting at home during h1n1. But shocker he wants Trump to. Typical political games.

  4. lisa belanger says:

    and the governor i hope are gonna be gonner they haye
    the pres so bad people will not vote for them again but if they
    do they will be quarantine for a longtime let say till
    nov 5th

  5. Jaks says:

    The Governor and Mayor should be proud that the President is honoring veterans in this manner. Obviously you two weren’t going to do it.

    Thank you Mr. President for caring.

  6. Spearhead Six says:

    Chance of being murdered in Baltimore = 0.06%
    Chance of dying of Covid-19 in the USA = 0.30%
    …any Dems need help with the math?

  7. Teacher of Truth says:

    Of course he would object. Noone wants a political genius so unmask the most corrupt city in the country (with a bow to New Orleans and San Francisco).

  8. D John Purcell Purcell says:

    Trump is a true Patriot.

    1. D John Purcell Purcell says:

      …and Patriots don’t stay home.

  9. Cowardly Mayor says:

    Just cower in your home Mayor, and let a leader do his work.

  10. Nathaniel Ridgeeway says:

    If Trump were a “true patriot” he would not have dodged the draft or badmouthed Gold Star parents and POWs.& he would have served his country in Vietnam. He is a fat gutless coward with “bone spurs” that did not keep him from playing varsity sports? Yeah, right! Rich kid & daddy bought his way out, we all know that. He is not welcome in Maryland, he should stay home. If he insists, he should be forced to obey state law and wear a mask in Maryland if he decided to come where he is not wanted.

    BTW MD’s Gov is a Republican and he cannot run again.

    Trump is NO patriot, he is a draft dodger! My brother and I served in Nam in the Marines, WE are true patriots and we do not support Trump, who refused to serve his country He should stay in the White House and start packing up his immigrant wife, they’re moving in January

  11. Pamela Torgersen says:

    Too bad liberals can’t discuss without slinging insults, Nathaniel. I take it you don’t care for our great President. The reason this “Mayor” doesn’t want President Trump to visit is because he is ashamed of the wreck the great city of Baltimore has become with all this liberal leadership. God bless the President and the 1st Lady for wanting to celebrate our American Heroes.

  12. DUMP TRUMP says:

    What great president? There is nothing great about Trump and a immigrant ho who posed naked is not a lady….and here you are slinging mud at “liberals”????????? Same-same

    Trump and Biden both used phony health problems to dodge the draft

    Trump is a lying idiot and he has run this country into the ground – he said he was going to bring back law anbd order———so why didn’t he do that???? He claims he has authority over the states so hey where is the law and order??????????? The biggest criminal of all is in the white house and he has made USA a laughing stock in front of the world while the virus is worse here than in 3rd world countries

    Maybe the issue in MD is their republican’t governor????????????????

    Dump Trump!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. see the truth people! says:

    It is an absolute insult to refer to Trump as a patriot- he like Biden, Bush Jr., Cheney and Clinton refused to serve their country when called to do so and used phony excuses. The last true patriots in the White House were Bush Sr. & Carter. Trump has no real respect for the military or this country and only really stupid people fall for his lies and fake patriotism. The only person Trump admires and cares about is himself- not you not this country.

    John McCain was a true patriot and Trump dissed him for being a POW? OK, if that is nothing let Trump spend 5 1/2 years in a sweltering cage as a POW and see how he likes it. The funny thing about Trump is he admires people like Kim Jong-Un and hates true Americans like McCain. How sad people fall for his hypocrisy!

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