Cheeky D-Day veteran, 93, tells Melania Trump: 'If only I was 20 years younger'

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

A flirty D-Day veteran brought laughter to commemorations when he cheekily told Donald Trump that if "only he was 20 years younger" while pointing to the First Lady.

Following the D-Day 75 national commemoration, 93-year-old Thomas Cuthbert chatted with the President when Melania Trump caught his eye.

After flirting with the First Lady, Mr Trump replied: "You could handle it no question.”

D-Day veteran Thomas Cuthbert (right) flirted with Melania Trump during their meeting (PA)
Mr Cuthbert, who also chatted with the Queen, was awarded the Legion D'Honneur in May 2017 for his role in the D-Day landings (PA)

Saying it was nice to meet him, the President added: "It's my honour, believe me, thank you very much.”

After the reception, also attended by the Queen and the Prince of Wales, Mr Cuthbert, from Elmstead Market, Essex, said that Mr Trump "came across very well”.

He added: "He surprised me, when you see someone on the TV but he seemed different, he seemed one of the boys. His wife was very pleasant as well.”

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Mr Cuthbert was awarded the Legion D'Honneur in May 2017 for his role in the D-Day landings during which he served on a landing barge oiler anchored off shore from Utah and Omaha beaches.

Charles served in the Royal Navy in the 1970s, ending his career commanding the minesweeper HMS Bronington and joked with Mr Cuthbert about suffering from sea sickness.

Referring to a segment of the commemorations that highlighted the conditions the men had to endure on the vessels heading to Normandy, the prince told Mr Cuthbert: "As they were saying the smell of the fuel and people being sick must have been terrible.

Donald and Melania Trump earlier joined the Queen for the D-Day 75 national commemoration (Getty)

"I remember being in the navy and always being sick, and there was always someone who was never sick and would always appear with a mug of steaming soup.”

The President and First Lady flew to Ireland after their trip to Portsmouth and will arrive in France today for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.