Trump visit to US cemetery in France canceled due to rain

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump didn't attend an event honouring USA military dead because he didn't want to disrupt the traffic in Paris, the White House explained on Sunday.

That was the case for Trump, who rather than visit the battlefield, opted instead to send Chief of Staff General John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford in his stead, citing "scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather".

It was the site of the deadly Battle of Belleau Wood, and the French were so inspired by America's sacrifice they changed its name to "The Woods of the Marine Brigade".

"Yesterday, because of near-zero visibility, Marine One was unable to fly, as planned", Sanders said in a statement.

Trump canceled a visit to an American cemetery outside Paris Saturday.

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.

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

The French Army's tweet was interpreted online as a jibe and followed countless posts, tagged to Trump, showing world leaders, including former US President Barack Obama, paying tributes to troops in the rain.

"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.

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"Matthew is in the eighth grade, and he worked and saved all of his money for two years to make this trip to France", Trump said.

Like Trump, Macron is also suffering approval ratings problems at home.

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.

As they began their meeting Saturday morning at the Elysee Palace, the USA president again called for better burden sharing for the cost of defending Europe.

"We want to help Europe but it has to be fair".

Trump said he and his wife Melania were "deeply honoured" to have been in attendance.

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.

He said it is "unfair to have the European security today being assured just by the United States", but did not respond to a question about why he felt France needed protection from the US.

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