‘If only I was 20 years younger!’ D Day veteran, 93, makes a VERY flirtatious remark about Melania Trump while speaking to the President – who replies ‘you could handle it, no question’
- Veteran Thomas Cuthbert, 93, made a flirtatious comment about the First Lady
- Told President Trump: ‘If it wasn’t for you, and if only I was 20 years younger’
- The President responded saying: ‘You could handle it, no question about it’
- Pair spoke during a reception at the D Day 75th anniversary commemorations
A veteran made a flirtatious remark about the First Lady while speaking to the President at a D Day reception today.
Referring to Mrs Trump, Thomas Cuthbert, 93 told the President: ‘She’s nice, isn’t she? If it wasn’t for you, and if only I was 20 years younger.’
The President replied: ‘You could handle it, there’s no question about it.’
The pair were filmed speaking at a reception as part of the commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings in Portsmouth today.
D Day veteran Thomas Cuthbert, 93 told the President: ‘If it wasn’t for you, and if only I was 20 years younger,’ while gesturing at Melania, 49, who was standing next to him
Mr Cuthbert, from Elmstead Market, Essex, was awarded the Legion D’Honneur in May 2017 for his role in the D-Day landings. He attended a small reception in Portsmouth today, where he also met the Queen, pictured
Mr Cuthbert, from Elmstead Market, Essex, was awarded the Legion D’Honneur in May 2017 for his role in the D-Day landings.
He served on a landing barge oiler anchored off shore from Utah and Omaha beaches.
The veteran was selected to attend the small reception, where he also met Prince Charles and the Queen.
After his meeting with Mr Trump, Mr Cuthbert said the President ‘came across very well.’
He added: ‘He surprised me, when you see someone on the TV but he seemed different, he seemed one of the boys. His wife was very pleasant as well.’
The President told the veteran it was an ‘honour’ to meet him, adding: ‘Thank you very much.’
Mr Cuthbert, right, made a remark about the First Lady to the President while she was standing next to him. The men spoke at a reception following the commemorations today
In response the President replied: ‘You could handle it, there’s no question about it,’ prompting a laugh from Mr Cuthbert, as seen above
Speaking afterwards Mr Cuthbert said President Trump ‘came across very well’. Pictured, the men shake hands during their meeting in Portsmouth today
Prince Charles, who served in the Royal Navy in the 1970s, joked with Mr Cuthbert about suffering from sea sickness.
Referring to a segment of the commemorations that highlighted the conditions the men had to endure on the vessels heading to Normandy, the prince told Mr Cuthbert: ‘As they were saying the smell of the fuel and people being sick must have been terrible.
‘I remember being in the navy and always being sick, and there was always someone who was never sick and would always appear with a mug of steaming soup.’
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump met veterans at an event attended by the Allies who all took part in D-Day
After posing for this farewell photo with the Queen at today’s D-Day 75 commemoration in Portsmouth, Donald Trump thanked her for inviting him to Britain for a state visit
President Trump also wished happy birthday to Joan ‘Jonni’ Berfield, a Wren, who worked as a coder and will be celebrating her 95th birthday on June 7.
When she told Mr Trump how old she was going to be, he replied, ‘You’re kidding’, and Mrs Trump said: ‘Nice to meet you. Happy birthday, hope you have a great celebration.’
When told of her role in the war, Mr Trump told her: ‘So you were well ahead of your time. Coder, that’s pretty sound, that means very smart. Great to meet you.’
And after talking to her about her involvement in D-Day, he added: ‘So you think back to that time. You can never forget it.’
The President and First Lady joined world leaders including the Prime Minister for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings today
Mr Trump’s prayer read for troops on D-Day has a large picture of wartime leader FDR behind him
Ms Berfield said after the meeting: ‘I was very surprised, he spoke very quietly, I wasn’t expecting that. He was very interested in what I had done, his wife was charming.
‘I think I am in a dream and I will wake up and find it’s all a dream. It’s been a fantastic day, I’m just overwhelmed by everything.’
The president and First Lady then went on to a reception for US military and other special guests where he was thronged by service personnel seeking selfies.
Conservative MP Bill Cash also introduced himself to the president and said to him: ‘Congratulations Mr President. I’m a Conservative member of parliament.’
Mr Trump said: ‘Good you look like it. Who is going to be your next prime minister?’
Mr Cash replied: ‘I think it could be Boris, I am chairman of the European committee in the House of Commons so congratulations, I’m a great fan.’
To which Mr Trump responded: ‘Give them my regards.’
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