Trump cancels memorial visit to U.S. cemetery in France due to rain

Frederick Owens
November 12, 2018

Trump drew a wave of criticism yesterday for canceling his visit to the Belleau Wood cemetery and battlefield, as rainy weather across France prevented the planned helicopter trip to mark one of the deadliest battle sites of the war.

In a story November 10 about President Donald Trump cancelling a planned visit to a cemetery for Americans killed in World War I, The Associated Press reported that the Secret Service determines when it's safe to fly Marine One, the president's helicopter.

World leaders have gathered in France this weekend to attend events in honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. However, a bit of rain put a damper on Donald Trump's willingness to participate, as he canceled a visit on Saturday to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, where fallen American soldiers were being commemorated.

Looking toward his chief of staff, Trump said John Kelly, who served as a general in the Marine Corps, is familiar with the term Devil Dogs.

The White House has defended US President Donald Trump's decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday after he faced a critical backlash.

The decision prompted a rash of criticism on Twitter, with Nicholas Soames, a British member of parliament who is a grandson of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, saying that Trump was dishonoring USA servicemen.

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The MP tweeted that Mr Trump was not fit to represent the USA and said that he was a "pathetic inadequate" for not defying the weather "to pay his respects to the fallen".

Trump sat mostly stone-faced with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others as Macron spoke.

Trump was scheduled to join dozens of world leaders on Sunday at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe marking Armistice Day.

Twitter was quick to point out that maybe Trump didn't attend because he's not very good with an umbrella.

Tweeting after his arrival, the President wrote: "I am in Paris getting ready to celebrate the end of World War One".

The president is scheduled to take part in a ceremony at the Suresnes American Cemetery to the west of Paris on Sunday afternoon, when he is expected to make formal remarks.

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