Trump ‘didn’t want to cause a traffic jam’

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2018

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.

The president was expected to observe a moment of silence at the cemetery in addition to laying a wreath in honor of veterans killed in World War I. More than 2,200 soldiers were laid to rest at the cemetery during the war, several of whom were USA military members, while the names of 1,060 American soldiers' names are engraved on a wall at the graveyard.

Donald Trump came under fire yesterday after he cancelled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery in Belleau, northern France, because of bad weather.

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.

On Sunday, he attended a scheduled event at a U.S. cemetery on the outskirts of Paris.

He was in Paris for events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

"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.

Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of the day. The French President's office said Mr Trump had misunderstood Mr Macron's comments, lumping together two different ideas.

Also not among them: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also arrived solo. They rallied under a banner that said "Trump War" and slammed policies such as United States help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

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.

Mr Trump has long complained about uncompensated U.S. defence spending that benefits allies, and earlier this year threatened to turn his back on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if members did not boost their defence spending.

One replied: "Trump will stand in the rain for some golf".

Mr Macron defended his viewpoint, saying he shares Mr Trump's insistence that there be more burden sharing.

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 USA servicemen who died in France during World War I.

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