Jake Tapper has been criticized for suggesting that Biden invite Trump to the Queen’s funeral

Jake Tapper is being ripped off online after CNN’s chief correspondent and news anchor suggested it would be “wise” for President Joe Biden to invite former President Donald Trump to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Tapper made the comments on his show Friday, Starring with Jake Tapper, as part of a roundtable discussion of Biden’s uncomfortable position on whether to bring Trump, his predecessor and increasingly bitter political opponent, to the high-profile formal ceremony. While it’s not uncommon for ex-presidents to attend similar events, Biden and Trump have recently escalated their rivalry, accusing each other of being a threat to the Constitution.

Tapper called the situation “intriguing” and said Britain has essentially left it up to Biden, who has indicated he will attend the Queen’s funeral, as to who should be included in the delegation to the royal mourning ritual. Tapper called Biden’s invitations to former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter “a no-brainer.”

“What about Trump?” Added Bravely. “Will he invite Trump?”

Biden faces the enigma a week after he blew up Trump and his so-called “MAGA Republican” allies in a speech in Philadelphia, calling the former president a threat to US democracy that encourages political violence. Trump has accused Biden of “arming” the Justice Department for political gain after the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago home last month for improperly held government documents.

Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s national affairs correspondent, noted that Obama had invited his predecessors to attend the funeral of revered South African President Nelson Mandela in 2013.

“So there is protocol for US presidents to invite other presidents,” he said. “Who knows? Perhaps, in a spirit of forgiveness and giving, President Biden will invite Donald Trump onto Air Force One. I doubt that will happen. But I expect a kind of bipartisan delegation.”

Jake Tapper at SXSW
CNN’s Jake Tapper speaks onstage with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during SXSW at the Austin Convention Center on March 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Tapper was criticized on Friday for saying it would be “wise” for President Joe Biden to invite former President Donald Trump to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
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“I think the smart move is to invite him over and see if he goes,” Tapper said. “I don’t think former President Trump wants to be subordinate to Air Force One, and I think he probably prefers his own plane anyway.”

Tapper was quickly panned on Twitter, with critics pointing out that Trump faces investigations into allegedly undermining the results of the 2020 presidential election and recovering classified documents from his private Florida home.

Actor Brian Guest responded with a tweet addressed to tappers.

“I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but the last ‘president’ tried to overthrow our government and is being investigated on spying charges for stealing national security secrets into his retirement home,” he said. “What would be ‘smart’ would be to leave journalism to real journalists.”

Ray Reed, a former candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives, also indicated that Trump could face potential espionage charges as he investigates classified documents recovered from his home. “He shouldn’t be flying Air Force One,” he wrote.

Author Charlotte Clymer a tweet called Tapper’s comments a “weak attempt at game theory”.

“Another perspective — a half-full glass perspective, if you will — is gratitude that Jake Tapper is not in charge of the US delegation,” she said.

news week has reached out to CNN for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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