‘If I were president, they wouldn’t have sat me back there’: Trump MOCKS Biden for being sat 14 rows back at the Queen’s funeral – and says there is ‘no respect’ for the US two years after leaving office – Sept. 19, 2022

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill sat 14 rows back in Westminster Abbey during the Queen’s funeral

Biden sat behind the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, while Jill sat next to president of Switzerland

The first couple the left London for the United States just two hours after the service finished

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Donald Trump has mocked Joe Biden for being sat 14 rows back in at the Queen’s funeral and said if he was president he would have been moved closer to the front of the audience of 2,000 mourners.

The former President said on Truth Social that it showed there is ‘no respect’ for the United States anymore – and insisted it was a good time for Biden to get to know ‘leaders of certain Third World Countries’.

Trump did not attend the service bidding farewell to Britain’s longest reigning monarch – as invites were limited to current heads of state.

However he has paid multiple tributes to Her Majesty, including a moving piece for DailyMail.com praising her grace, charm, nobility’.

In his first reaction to the funeral, he noted Biden’s position in Westminster Abbey behind the Polish president.

‘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.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill sat 14 rows back in Westminster Abbey, above in the red circle, for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. They joined 2,000 mourners from around the world to bid farewell to the UK’s longest reigning monarch

Joe and Jill Biden arrive at London Stansted Airport to board Air Force One for the journey back to Washington D.C. just two hours after the service finished

Not Air Force One! 😉

The president and first lady wave as they as board the presidential plane; the Bidens left after the Queen’s memorial service

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are seen sitting in their seats in the abbey

President Joe Biden sat directly behind Andrzej Duda, the Polish leader, and directly in front of Petr Fiala, the prime minister of the Czech Republic during the funeral service while Jill Biden sat next to Ignazio Cassis, the president of Switzerland

The Bidens were seated behind other royals, including King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan

President Joe Biden and Jill Biden near the back of Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral

President Joe Biden takes his seat along the aisle at Westminster Abbey, 14 rows back from the front

Biden flew back to the United States on Air Force One straight after the ceremony – before the Queen’s committal and burial – after he was given an aisle seat among the 2,000 mourners from around the world at Westminster Abbey.

But he didn’t rank ahead of other royals: the Emperor and Empress of Japan were seated in the 6th row, behind European royals and the King of Jordan.

The Bidens arrived at the state funeral via their presidential car The Beast in a private motorcade while other world leaders rode together in buses. American security protocols for the president are strict and require him to travel in the armored car with security vehicles surrounding him.

During the hour-long memorial service, the president sat directly behind Andrzej Duda, the Polish leader, and directly in front of Petr Fiala, the prime minister of the Czech Republic.

Jill Biden sat next to Ignazio Cassis, the president of Switzerland.

The Bidens were seated in the south transept section of Westminster Abbey, in an area of the church reserved for world leaders. The south transept contains the poet corner were prominent British authors like Geoffrey Chaucer are buried.

The first couple left for Washington D.C. after the memorial service while Commonwealth leaders like Justin Trudeau of Canada and members of European royalty, like King Felipe IV of Spain, went to Windsor for the burial service, which took place two hours after the memorial ceremony at Westminster.

Funeral seating has a strict protocol for the heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, members of European royal families and other guests among the 2,000 mourners gathered at the abbey.

Guests were seated to the left, right and in front of the platform that held the Queen’s casket. King Charles and members of the royal family made up the first few rows.

The Bidens held hands when they arrived at the abbey on Monday morning for the hour-long funeral service. The president wore a black suit and tie. Jill Biden wore a black dress by Schiaparelli.

Westminster Abbey began filling up from 8am as the congregation arrived up to three hours early, with Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron among the world leaders who paid their respects to the late monarch.

The Foreign Office handled the questions of who would sit where and by whom.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark, who is Europe’s longest-serving living monarch, sat at the front of the foreign section. Gulf royals were behind them, many of whom attended without their wives.

But all had something in common – they rode to the funeral on a large motorcoach.

The King and Queen of Bhutan, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain all came to the service via bus. World leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also arrived via a fleet of buses.

The Bidens arrived for the memorial service in the presidential vehicle known as the Beast
Other world leaders rode together on buses for the Queen’s funeral
Foreign royals and dignitaries at the funeral
President Biden exits the Beast at Westminster Abbey

Biden was allowed to ride in The Beast.

More than 100 world leaders attended and concerns about traffic in London led to the majority of being put on buses for the movements to and from the funeral.

Biden was given an exemption to take his presidential limo.

Lord Renwick, who served as British ambassador to the United States in the early 1990s, told the Times that he felt sorry for Buckingham Palace’s protocol office as it worked out the complicated seating chart.

‘You can pretend it’s alphabetical order but it’s not,’ Renwick said. ‘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?’

He noted it was standard for the American president to receive exemptions that other world leaders would not receive.

‘We don’t permit huge swarms of protectors to be around them, although you have to rein off for the president of the United States. He is always surrounded by Secret Service agents wherever he goes,’ he noted.

President Joe Biden and his wife Jill arrive at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral
Biden, wearing a black suit and tie, was seen holding Jill’s hand as they walked through the famous church to pay their respects to the monarch
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday for the Queen’s funeral
President Joe Biden and his wife Jill have arrived at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral
Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive at The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen, in Westminster Abbey on Monday
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II enters Westminster Abbey during her state funeral on Monday
Britain’s King Charles, Britain’s Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Peter Phillips attend the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, at Parliament Square in London on Monday
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend the Queen’s funeral
Biden sat 14 rows back on the south transept behind the Polish leader and in front of the Czech Republic. The First Lady was next to Switzerland’s representative

Earlier Monday morning, huge crowds gathered in near silence to watch as the queen’s flag-draped coffin, topped with the Imperial State Crown, her orb and sceptre, was carried slowly to a gun carriage from parliament’s Westminster Hall where it had lain in state since Wednesday.

To the tune of pipes and drums, the gun carriage – used at every state funeral since Queen Victoria’s in 1901 – was then drawn by 142 junior enlisted sailors in the Royal Navy to Westminster Abbey.

The thousand-year-old church’s tenor bell tolled 96 times at one-minute intervals – one for every year of her life – stopping a minute before the service began at 11am.

The longest-serving monarch in British history died at Balmoral, her Scottish Highland retreat, on September 8 after a year of declining health.

Her eldest son and successor, King Charles III, dressed in ceremonial military uniform, followed the solemn procession, alongside his three siblings.

Charles’s eldest son Prince William accompanied them alongside William’s brother, Prince Harry, and other senior royals.

William’s two eldest children, George and Charlotte, who are next in line to the throne, also walked behind the coffin inside the abbey.

Meanwhile, Biden and his wife arrived in London late Saturday and paid respects to the queen on Sunday, viewing her coffin at Westminster Hall, signing condolence books at Lancaster House and attending a Buckingham Palace reception for funeral guests hosted by King Charles III.

On Monday morning, the President and First Lady left Winfield House, the official residents of the US Ambassador to the UK, at 9.45am before arriving at Westminster Abbey at 10.07am.

Biden’s public appearances in London have been limited and controlled, part of the choreography around the elaborate farewell to the only monarch most Britons have ever known.

He spoke only for just a few minutes Sunday about the queen, as he recalled how the woman he said reminded him of his mother kept feeding him crumpets when they had tea together last year at Windsor Castle.

One senior U.S. official said Biden’s lower profile was less about protocol and more about the fact that ‘it’s not our show. It’s the Brits’ show.’ The U.S. has to be sensitive to that, said the official, who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey
The view in Westminster Abbey above the Queen – where she married and was crowned more than 70 years ago
King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales with their children Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Britain’s Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowden, Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent follow the coffin
Biden and other world leaders, as well as top foreign dignitaries, spent yesterday evening at Buckingham Palace to pay their respects to King Charles ahead of the Queen’s funeral today
Queen Letizia of Spain joins her husband King Felipe VI as they arrive separately to former King and Queen Consort of Spain, Juan Carlos and Sofia
President Emmanuel Macron (right) and his wife Brigitte (left) arrive for the glittering state reception which will take place in the picture gallery and state apartments and include drinks and canapes

Meanwhile, Biden paid his respects with Jill at the Queen’s coffin on Sunday before recalling how the late monarch reminded him of his own mother.

The President and First Lady were seen standing on a VIP balcony looking down at the Queen’s coffin on Sunday afternoon which was under constant guard and draped in flags.

Biden touched his hand to his heart and appeared to snap off a quick salute to the late monarch in a gesture of respect, before continuing on through the hall.

After paying their respects to the late monarch, Biden joined King Charles and scores of other world leaders and royals for a reception at Buckingham Palace.

Biden touched his hand to his heart and appeared to snap off a quick salute to the late monarch in a gesture of respect, before continuing on through the hall on Sunday afternoon

The president said the Queen treated people with ‘dignity’, adding: ‘I talk about my mother and father, [they] thought that everyone, no matter who they were, no matter what their station, no matter where they’re from, deserved to be treated with dignity.

‘And that’s exactly what she [Her Majesty] communicated, just the way she walked by her staff, just the way she acted. And I think what she gave is a sense of, maybe above all, the notion of service.

‘We all owe something, there’s something in our capacity to do, that can make things, not just the world, but your neighbourhood better, your household better, your workplace better.

‘And that’s what she communicated to me anyway and it was an honour to meet her.’

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