BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Jack Young again is calling on President Trump to skip the Memorial Day ceremony at Fort McHenry on Memorial Day, saying he thinks the president would be violating the law by coming from out-of-town.

The White House said earlier this week that the President and First Lady will participate in a Memorial Day ceremony at the site on Monday “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 mayor said if the president comes to Baltimore they have a duty to send the city’s police department there to do security, when they need to have the city’s officers patrolling Baltimore’s streets to make sure that people are following social distancing and that businesses that shouldn’t be open are staying closed.


“We don’t need to be spending our resources for the president who’s coming here under our orders to stay at home. I think he’s violating the law,” Mayor Young said.

The visit is set to come just over a week after Maryland began to lift some of its stay-at-home restrictions because of the coronavirus, though “safer-at-home” guidelines remain in place- and a stay-at-home order is still in place in Baltimore.

Young previously 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.”

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 said he’d like to spend with his family.

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.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said that if the president does continue with his plans to come, the department has been working with the Secret Service to make sure they have safety protocols and safety plans in place, not just for the trip but for the entire city.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Rachel Menitoff

Comments (26)
  1. a REAL Americsan says:


    He should obey it and not travel to Maryland. He does not care about others, he KNOWS he has been around someone w/ the disease and he still refuses to wear a mask (because he is so vain).

    STAY OUT OF MARYLAND draft dodgers are not welcome here!

    1. Frank says:

      if your scared to go outside then stay in your home.

    2. Neal Mcelroy says:

      Trump received student deferments like thousands of others.
      Trump 5 deferments
      Biden 5 deferments
      Biden received the same number of Deferments as Trump. Remember that when “draft dodger” Biden gets the nomination for president.

    3. Jim says:

      Ok first he is not a draft dodger, learn what one is before you post in the future. 2. Please be specific and tell all of us what laws he is violating? If you are dumb enough to say the stay at home mandate, that is not a law its a request by a mayor. And i bet that if there was a democrat president this mayopr would welcome him with open arms

    4. Steve Kershaw says:

      Democrats think only illegal aliens are above the law.

    5. It’s not a law, in fact telling people they can’t congregate in Baltimore violates their constitutional rights (1st amendment, freedom of assembly; 14th amendment, freedom of travel between states). It’s an arbitrary local edict which in normal times would not stand up to scrutiny. The upshot of all this is hopefully many successful lawsuits, the outcomes of which providing precedent and clarification, preventing tin pot tyrants from enacting vague and arbitrary bans and lock downs ever again.

  2. Anonymous says:

    One possible option Mayor Young does have is to simply NOT provide security for Trump. Let him come at his own risk, basically.

    1. Neal Mcelroy says:

      Trump will have his own security – wake up before posting.

  3. BG says:

    Or the fearful can simply cower indoors… or instead, do they seek to make a political statement cloaked in the guise of a health concern? I think it is the latter…

  4. Richard says:

    Mayor Jack Young is an “Idiot”. He talks about having the Police patrol the streets to enforce “Social Distancing”. The Police doesn’t patrol the streets of Baltimore properly now, due to the Mayor and the States Attorney Marilyn Mosby constantly trying to arrest and prosecute our Officers. Marilyn Mosby prefers to let “Killers and Drug Dealers” walk the streets of Baltimore and only wants to lock-up the Police trying to keep the Citizens of Baltimore Safe. Its his “Duty as Mayor” to welcome our Great President to Baltimore. But he has no problem running to President Trump and begging him for money for Baltimore. I truly “Hope and Pray” that he gets voted out of office as Mayor of Baltimore.

    Governor Larry Hogan is an even bigger “Idior”. He prefers to stuff his fat face with “Birthday Cake” than meet with President Donald Trump. I’ve never seen or heard of him use his “Birthday” as an excuse not to meet with an “Elected Official” before. Its his “Duty as Governor” to welcome our Great President to Maryland. He is just like Mayor Jack Young, they both have no problem running to President Trump and begging him for money for Maryland. I truly “Hope and Pray” that he gets voted out of office as Governor of the State of Maryland.

    As a side note: I also truly “Hope and Pray” that President Donald Trump no longer provides anymore “Federal Funding” to the State of Maryland, and especially Baltimore City.

    1. garyandersonsonly1998fgmiss says:

      Is Baltimore still part of the USA?

  5. HMichael Hawkins says:

    The Mayor of Baltimore is a flaming, ignorant anal orifice. Of course the President of the United States should attend any ceremony he chooses to honor our Nation’s heroes. This attempt to deprive him of participating at Fort McHenry is a blatant Unamerican Liberal Democrat move to denigrate our President. Shame on the disgusting city of Baltimore. Baltimore doesn’t own Fort McHenry. Who do this mayor think he is???? God????

  6. Shlomo KiddieRaper says:

    Hey America, How do you like the ‘racial equality’ the Jews and white traitors have forced you to accept?

  7. gilder says:

    The police are needed to stop the violent deaths in Baltimore.

  8. Jake Jackson says:

    I have to laugh at Baltimore’s mayor focusing on Trump’s “crime” while his city is inundated with murder, robbery, and burglary.

  9. Jack says:

    As much as I can’t stand Trump and think he’s an idiot, Trump is right this one time. The President has the right to go wherever he wants regardless of local restrictions. He can never be denied transit Or travel within the United States. That’s part of the privilege of being President.

  10. Nora says:

    I am appalled at your comment Mayor Young! You should be ashamed of yourself and know it won’t be a large gathering! If it were a Democratic president would you make the same comment? I am so very tired of this division. And how can Shelia Dixon who was convicted of a crime run again? Mayors in Baltimore have been one disappointment after another for too many years and it has to stop! I had hoped you were different and may this Memorial Day make you more reflective.

  11. ---- says:

    Trump should be arrested on sight- he was exposed to COVID and is not wearing a mask. Any state has a right to make people wear masks in public right now. The president can not go just anywhere he wants to he is not above state and local laws either. If he thinks Maryland is so bad why would he go there PS- Dixon was not convicted pf a felony so she can run- only an idiot would vote for a thief but she has the right to run for office just like Trump did with all his convictions and he has a lot . Lot’s of people are running for mayor of B’more right now- the people will make their choice.

    1. tommy says:

      With all the other stuff he’s been allowed to get away with I don’t seen anyone stopping him from coming to Baltimore to spread his germs.

    2. King Julian says:

      tell me this how many people in Baltimore have been arrested for not wearing a mask or staying home? oh thats right they have a hard enough time trying to keep up with all the murders(118).

  12. hahahaha says:

    Approaching 100,000 Americans dead from the virus and Trump goes golfing.not wearing a mask and not keeping 6 feet apart from his minions. The funny thing is he criticized Obama for playing golf during the ebola outbreak………………….that killed 2 people! Trump is nothing but a self serving fake and fraud I hope he & Pence get sick and die…………………but not before seeing Pelosi sworn in as president- how rich! I don’t like her, but I like her better then Trump and Pence

    1. King Julian says:

      no matter what he is still your president

  13. Jon McCarty says:

    The only “criminal” is Mayor Jack Young. Jack Young is causing “common law” harm to the owners of businesses in his city by not allowing them to reopen. Furthermore, there is no authority ordained to Jack Young to close a city because of a viral outbreak that has affected about .0256% of the population in this Country. Jack Young, a non elected Mayor of Baltimore, whom is filling in for a disgraced former Mayor, is also proposing a huge tax increase on property taxes in Baltimore that are designed to STEAL people’s property in a time where the people are being told you are not allowed to conduct Commerce. Who does he think he is? Look, Mr. Young if you want to betray the covenants of the Constitutions and keep Baltimore under a limited martial law then I think you need mental help. You are aware that by breaking the covenants in full you are basically forfeiting the City’s authority to tax in the first place. If WE THE PEOPLE have no rights, then you get no tax. That’s just the way it is and everything I am saying is legally sound. If you don’t like, too bad, learn to love it because WE THE PEOPLE are fully aware that you are working for us and we don’t work for YOU!

  14. tommy says:

    He doesn’t care about your city or your safety. He wants that shot for the campaign/propaganda reel.

  15. joe says:

    I bet Jack Young has a coffee mug that has “World’s Greatest Mayor ” printed all over it , given to him by all the idiots who believe anything that he can manage to mumble out of his mouth. Disrespecting his president is the last thing he has to hold onto to be elected Mayor….. A more applicable statement from him would have been….. “I believe that all of the murderers, squeegee kids , dirt bike riders, car jackers, violent gangs of roving kids, robbers, rapists, drug dealers, etc, etc, etc…..are violating the law”…I think we have just found the inspiration for Fat Alberts’ friend, Dumb Donald….

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