Watch: 'They're playing that in honour of ratings' - Trump offends veterans by cracking jokes at military ceremony

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President Donald Trump has drawn the ire of veterans and soldiers in the US after being caught on camera cracking jokes while a solemn military ceremony could be heard taking place in the background.

The incident happened during an interview between the President and Fox News' Sean Hannity yesterday.

The interview was taking place at an Air National Guard base when the solemn Retreat bugle call began playing in the background.

Traditionally members of the US military are expected to stop what they're doing to salute and honour the call, as is tradition with the Last Post.

While many in the audience rose from their chairs in respect as the call started playing, the commander-in-chief remained seated and continued to talk over it, cracking jokes to the host Hannity.

"What a nice sound that is," Trump said as the bugle call began playing.

"Are they playing that for you or for me? They're playing that in honour of (Hannity's) ratings. He's beating everybody," Trump joked.

It didn't take long for veterans and service personnel to vent their anger at the President on Twitter.

"That Trump did not known, recognise or salute call of 'Retreat' – a moment every servicemember/family worldwide stop and salute – is disgraceful," Former Navy serviceman Malcolm Nance tweeted.

"After all the BS about 'disrespecting the flag and our military', Trump disrespects both by joking during the playing of Retreat at Army base," Vietnam veteran Ray Smith also posted on Twitter.

Trump has courted controversy recently after repeatedly calling for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to be sacked.

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