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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Apologizes for Missing D-Day Commemorations for Election Campaign

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Rishi Sunak, Britain’s Prime Minister, tenders an apology for missing out on the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

His reason for missing the event was the need to film a TV interview.

However, his decision has raised fears and uncertainties in his general election campaign.

The Prime Minister was around for the first phase of the events, which took place on Thursday in Normandy, France.

However, he missed the international ceremony at Omaha Beach, which other world leaders and veterans of the 1944 Allied operation attended.

Sunak stated in the long apology letter that the last thing he would want is a commemoration overshadowed by politics.

He dropped this apology on X, adding that he returned to the UK after the event at Normandy.

However, after some reflection, he realized he should have stayed back in France much longer, and he apologized.

Nonetheless, Britons have already started expressing anger and disbelief in him.

Moreover, the entire situation now reflects negatively on his election campaign.

The TV network confirmed he had left the event for an interview with them (ITV).

In the interview, he defended claims about some Labor Party’s tax plans with fact-checkers, which a senior civil servant described as misleading or inaccurate.

Sunak Speaks Up Against Politicizing His Mistake

Over 20 heads of state and governments, as well as representatives from royal families across Europe, were present at the ceremony.

The ceremony commemorates 80 years after the Allied beach landings in Nazi-occupied France.

The landings caused the foundation of Germany’s defeat in World War II.

Johnny Mercer, Sunak’s veterans’ minister, told the UK newspaper, The Sun, on Friday that he understood the anger.

However, he also condemned the outrage from Sunak’s critics, who tagged it as “faux outrage.”

At the international ceremony, the UK was well represented by David Cameron, former prime minister, Emmanuel Macron, French President, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and President Biden of the US.

Finally, Sunak added that despite his early departure as a mistake, there was no need to politicize it.

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