Trump cancels WW1 memorial at cemetery in France due to rain

Frederick Owens
November 14, 2018

President Donald Trump paid tribute to the "great warriors" who died in World War I as he visited a USA cemetery in France, a day after drawing fire for cancelling a similar trip due to bad weather.

Not among them: Trump, a day after he riled up his critics by canceling a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, the final resting place of almost 2,000 USA soldiers killed in the World War I battle of Belleau Wood.

The US president had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery and memorial at Belleau, about 60 miles (100km) north-east of Paris.

On Sunday, Trump attended a scheduled event honoring American war dead at a different USA cemetery just outside of Paris.

Trump visited a different cemetery near Paris on Sunday, during which the president raved about the "bloodiest conflicts in human history" while recognizing several World War I vets who were in attendance.

The event was attended by the President's chief of staff John Francis Kelly and General Joseph Dunford, Jr.

Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of Saturday.

On Tuesday morning, after mocking France for not fighting to the last man in World War II when it came under Nazi occupation, Trump tweeted his side of the story.

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"He was honored to be able to attend today's event at the Suresnes American Cemetery and was deeply moved by the sacrifices of so many for the cause of freedom", she added.

Also known as the Belleau Wood cemetery, the site is home to the graves of 2,289 American war dead and 1,060 names of the missing.

"We are getting drenched, you're very smart people", he continued, later complimenting the veterans.

Earlier on Saturday, after arriving at Paris, Trump held a bilateral meeting with French President Macron.

Mr Macron said in an interview that Europe needs to protect itself against cyber threats and the "interference in our democracies" from "China, Russia and even the United States".

On Sunday, Trump shrugged off the continuing wet weather to remember those who braved "rain, hail, snow, mud, poisonous gas, bullets and mortar" fire in pursuit of a "great, great" Allied victory.

On Monday, Paris was mostly cloudy with scattered showers.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended his own ceremony to pay tribute to Canadian troops killed at Vimy Ridge, on the battlefields of northeastern France.

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