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


"President Trump was scheduled to visit the cemetery yesterday but because of the weather and logistics was not able to be done yesterday he is scheduled to go there today".

Instead, Trump spent much of Saturday at the US ambassador's residence following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The visit was planned for the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France - where US war dead were being honored - because of rain.

Mr Trump was scheduled to pay tribute at a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, about 85km east of Paris, with his wife.

US President Donald Trump canceled a planned visit Saturday to a cemetery for Americans killed in World War I, the White House citing bad weather that grounded his helicopter.

The decision prompted a rash of criticism on Twitter, with Sir Nicholas Soames, a British MP who is a grandson of former prime minister Winston Churchill, saying Mr Trump was dishonouring USA servicemen.

Trump's visit had been much anticipated after he called off a trip to the Belleau Wood battlefield in northern France on Saturday due to the rain, a decision for which he was widely criticised.

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Winston Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames, a member of the British Parliament, blasted Trump as "pathetic" and "inadequate" for failing to show up.

"I helped plan all of President Obama's trips for 8 years", he wrote on Twitter.

Yet, he doesn't always seem to mind a little rain, as long as it's something he wants to do. In another tweet, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was seen, holding an umbrella in his hand, addressing the 2017 Remembrance Day ceremony in heavy rain.

The motorcade briefly paused due to the breach of security before continuing towards the Arc de Triomphe where commemorations for the Armistice are being held with around 70 world leaders.

David Frum, once a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, tweeted that he thought it was "incredible" that a president would travel to France for a World War I ceremony and not pay respects to the U.S. servicemen who died in France during World War I.

He was to deliver remarks at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, located five miles west of Paris, before returning to Washington.