PRIME MINISTER RISHI SUNAK APOLOGISES FOR LEAVING D-DAY CEREMONY EARLY A decision slammed as disgraceful by his political rivals

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak apologized on Friday for leaving D-Day commemorations in France early to return to the election campaign trail — a decision slammed as disgraceful by his political rivals.

Sunak was not alongside leaders including U.S. President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the major memorial event at Omaha Beach in Normandy on Thursday. Former Prime Minister David Cameron, who is now foreign minister, represented the U.K. 

However, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer attended the event and was pictured meeting other leaders.

Sunak had earlier attended a ceremony at the British memorial in Normandy alongside King Charles II and surviving World War II veterans. He also attended a commemoration in Portsmouth, England, the day before.

After his return from France, Rishi Sunak made the following statement :

“On reflection, it was a mistake not to stay longer and I’ve apologized for that, but I also don’t think it’s right to be political amid D-Day commemorations.”