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Jake Tapper criticized for suggesting Biden invite Trump to Queen’s funeral

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CNN political anchor Jake Tapper was criticized on social media for saying it would be “smart” for President Biden to invite his predecessor, Donald Trump, to join the US delegation. Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral in London next week.

During a panel discussion on Tapper’s “The Lead” program on Friday, the anchor said it was “fascinating to me” that “it will basically be left to President Biden whether he takes other presidents to the Queen’s.” funeral.”

Tapper noted that the British authorities have left it up to the Americans to decide who the state funeral next Monday in London.

The anchor then listed ex-presidents he thought were “no-brainers” — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter.

“What about Trump?” Tapper asked CNN national affairs chief Jeff Zeleny.

“Will he invite Trump?”

“That’s a difficult matter of protocol and diplomacy,” Zeleny replied.

Zeleny said he was told by “a few diplomatic officials” that “it would be an easy fix if Trump wasn’t in the picture.”

He then recalled that while in office, Obama followed “protocol” by inviting Bush, Carter and Bill Clinton to join the US delegation at the funeral of South African leader Nelson Mandela.

“Who knows?” asked Zeleny. “Perhaps, in the spirit of forgiveness and giving, President Biden will invite Donald Trump to Air Force One.”

“I doubt that will happen, but I do expect a kind of two-sided delegation.”

President Biden will lead the US delegation to the Queen’s funeral in London next Monday.
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It is unclear whether former President Donald Trump would accept an invitation from Biden if one were granted to him.
It is unclear whether former President Donald Trump would accept an invitation from Biden if one were granted to him.
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The Biden administration was due to announce the composition of the US delegation on Monday. The Post has asked for comment from the White House and Trump’s office.

“I think the smart move [for Biden] is inviting [Trump]Tapper responded, adding: “And see if he goes.”

Tapper then predicted that Trump “wouldn’t want to be subservient to Air Force One” and would thus decline the invitation.

Biden’s Justice Department is currently investigating Trump for allegedly hoarding classified information on his Mar-a-Lago estate after he left the White House in January last year.

The suggestion that Biden should invite the former president, who has never admitted his 2020 election loss, infuriated Democrat-leaning Twitter users.

“Look,” tweeted MSNBC host Katie Phang. “If TFG (the former man) ends up on Air Force One, he will try to steal that too. So let’s NOT invite the rebellious man to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.”

Jake Tapper was criticized on Twitter for suggesting Biden invite Trump to the Queen's funeral.
Jake Tapper was criticized on Twitter for suggesting Biden invite Trump to the Queen’s funeral.
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“What’s Wrong With Jake Tapper?” tweeted the left-wing Twitter personality known as “BrooklynDad_Defiant.

“Is he trying to remind us all how stupid and stupid he and CNN are?”

He added: “If so, the mission is successful.” The tweet was interrupted by an emoji of someone throwing up.

Another Twitter user, Brian Guest, also admitted it to Tapper.

“Hey @jaketapper,” he tweeted.

The Queen's body will lie in state in London for five days from Wednesday.
The Queen’s body will lie in state in London for five days from Wednesday.
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“I’m not sure you are aware of this, but the last ‘president’ tried to overthrow our government and is under investigation for espionage for stealing national security secrets to his retirement home.”

Guest added, “What would be ‘smart’ is if you just leave journalism to real journalists.”

The Queen’s funeral is scheduled for next Monday in London. Her body, which is currently in Scotland, will be in Westminster Hall for five days from Wednesday.

A state funeral service will be held at Westminster Abbey next Monday.

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