Donald Trump has hit out at Joe Biden after the president sat 14 rows back at the Queen’s funeral on Monday and said that he would have been awarded a better seat.
The former president said it shows how Britain’s “respect” for the US has fallen dramatically since Biden’s time in the White House and that Biden should start to try to get to know leaders of “third world countries” instead.
Biden and the First Lady, Jill were invited to the Queen’s private funeral service in Westminster Abbey on Monday afternoon along with other heads of state and dignitaries.
Around 2,000 mourners were packed into the historic cathedral, but invites were limited to current world leaders, so Trump as a former president did not receive an invite, but the MAGA chief did pay his respects to the late Queen in an open letter, praising her “grace, charm and nobility”.
Trump noted that Biden had been positioned behind the Polish president, 7 rows back.
“This is what’s happened to America in just two short years. No respect! However, a good time for our President to get to know the leaders of certain Third World countries,” said Trump.
“If I were president, they wouldn’t have sat me back there—and our Country would be much different than it is right now!”
Throughout his presidency, Biden has continually insulted America’s closest ally. Upon moving into the Oval Office, he immediately removed a bust of Sir Winston Churchill which had been gifted to Trump by the British Embassy.
He swatted away a BBC reporter during his election campaign in 2020, quipping “I’m Irish” as a backhanded jibe.
In July, he lashed out at Britain again by comparing its relationship to Ireland as being similar to the treatment of Palestinians by Israel, sparking major backlash and criticism:
Joe and Jill Biden arrive at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral service and Joe awkwardly pokes at one of the church members. pic.twitter.com/wXNJSzbErG
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“The background of my family is Irish American and we have a long history, not fundamentally unlike the Palestinian people, with Great Britain and their attitude toward Irish Catholics over the years, for 400 years.”
After the service, Biden returned to the States on Air Force One and did not remain in Britain for the Queen’s committal later that afternoon in Windsor Castle.
While other world leaders arrived at the initial service in Westminster Abbey via a bus laid on by Royal Family, Biden arrived in the presidential armored car, The Beast. Some British mourners began a ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ chant as the president’s car passed through central London.
Pres. Biden and first lady Jill Biden joined approx 500 heads of state, royals, and dignitaries from 175+ countries for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday pic.twitter.com/aSsowoIGI6
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He sat behind Polish leader, Andrzej Duda and in front of Czech Republic’s Prime Minister, Petr Fiala and nine rows behind Justin Trudeau. According to Royal Protocol, Commonwealth leaders were given higher ranking at the event.
Biden wore a black suit and tie while Jill opted for a black dress with gold button details by Schiaparelli. The pair held hands as they made their way into the memorial service.
Ex-British Ambassador to the US, Lord Renwick said that despite claims leaders had been seated in alphabetical order, the reality is they were seated based on who would care about their position in the Abbey most:
“You can pretend it’s alphabetical order but it’s not,” he explained.
“Biden isn’t very ego-driven but he’s going to be near the front. Macron [the president of France] would have hysterics if he wasn’t given a place of honour. Olaf Scholz [the chancellor of Germany] wouldn’t care. You’ve got to say to yourself: ‘Who is going to have a hissy fit?”
After a moving procession through central London, the Queen was laid to rest in St George’s Chapel at her childhood home, Windsor Castle beside her late husband, Prince Phillip, her father, King George VI, her mother, Elizabeth, and her sister, Princess Margaret.