Trump visit to US cemetery in France canceled due to rain

Clay Curtis
November 12, 2018

Hailing the "American and French patriots" who served in the war, he said: "It is our duty to preserve the civilisation they defended and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago".

The White House sent a statement saying he skipped the event due to "scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather".

President Donald Trump faced backlash on Saturday after he chose to skip a visit to a World War I cemetery in France for American soldiers, citing bad weather.

One critic included Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill's grandson.

It said the bad weather grounded the presidential helicopter and cited security concerns in hastily arranging a motorcade for the two-hour drive east of Paris. Instead, a delegation led by Chief of Staff John Kelly traveled to the cemetery 50 miles outside of Paris by auto.

As many as 1,800 American soldiers killed in the World War I battle of Belleau Wood are buried in the French cemetery.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood took an apparent swipe at the president on Twitter, saying "rain did not prevent our fearless heroes from doing their job".

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"They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn't even defy the weather to pay his respects to the Fallen", Soames wrote on Twitter.

Ex-Obama aide Ben Rhodes chimed in: "I helped plan all of President Obama's trips for 8 years".

"There is always a rain option".

A British minister has appeared to join growing criticism of US President Donald Trump's decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday due to rain.

Instead, Trump spent much of the day following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron at the USA ambassador's residence, where he was staying during events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Trump did courageous the weather Sunday and joined French President Emmanuel Macron and dozens of other world leaders to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

After the cemetery visit Trump left for Orly airport to fly back to Washington.

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