Trump visit to US cemetery in France canceled due to rain

Leroy Wright
November 13, 2018

On Tuesday, Trump contradicted that, instead saying the Secret Service rejected his idea of driving. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited security protocols for the decision that got them to the event late.

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.

"Those veterans the president didn't bother to honour fought in the rain, in the mud, in the snow and many died in trenches for the cause of freedom".

In response to critics who said Trump could have made the trip by vehicle, the White House issued a statement Sunday night saying Trump did not want to disrupt traffic around Paris.

US President Donald Trump's umbrella is turned inside out by a gust of wind while stepping off Air Force One during his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Trump was due to attend a remembrance service at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, located about 60 miles northeast of Paris - but he didn't go due to "logistical difficulties caused by the weather".

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For reasons apparently related to the weather Trump on Saturday canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, about 55 miles east of Paris.

But military officials balked at the almost $100 million cost, and eventually persuaded the president he needed to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I's end with other world leaders.

The White House announced a so-called travel lid at 10 a.m. ET, meaning that the president is not expected to hold any public events or leave the executive mansion.

Mr Ben Rhodes, who was deputy national security adviser for strategic communications under former president Barack Obama, said the excuse did not stand up.

The president even weighed in on wine, one of France's most-prized industries, to complain that France does not engage in fair trade practices with the USA over the alcoholic beverage. "There is always a rain option".

Macron specifically referred to the "selfishness of nations only looking after their own interests" in remarks at an Armistice Day event in Paris that Trump and other world leaders attended.

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