That explains it. The Brits under Cornwallis made a huge strategic blunder. They forgot to defend the airports that were promptly seized by the forces of George Washington.
Worse yet, the Brits failed to take Fort McHenry, leaving Washington's people in control of Baltimore harbour in 1814.
That, at least, is how Trump's addled mind recalls events. Airports in 1776? That sounds a bit unlikely. So does a battle from the war of 1812, time shifted to the war of independence.
During his tribute to the army, Trump said: “In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York … The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware, and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown.
“Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory.”As for the "nothing but victory" line. Trump obviously doesn't know that Washington was repeatedly trashed in several engagements, nearly brought to defeat. And "ramming" the ramparts? What in hell is that?
If another president, any other president, especially a black president, had so botched American history - the stuff kids learn in grade school - it would send the media in an uproar questioning that president's mental health and fitness for office. This, however, is Donald Trump and America is pretty much accustomed to this president acting like a profoundly ignorant buffoon.