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

The US flag flutters at half mast prior to a ceremony at the Aisne Marne American cemetery and memorial in Belleau

The US flag flutters at half mast prior to a ceremony at the Aisne Marne American cemetery and memorial in Belleau

After meeting Emmanuel Macron, Trump was due to travel to travel to Belleau Wood, a battlefield where USA troops made a key breakthrough against a German advance trying to enter Paris.

"By pursuing our own interests first, with no regard to others, we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values". Former President Bill Clinton did so for the eight years of his presidency, and Barack Obama did so for six - with Vice President Joe Biden speaking there twice.

Addressing one veteran, he joked: "You look so comfortable up there under shelter as we're getting drenched". He also looks awesome not in the rain, but I digress.

Trump also chose not to walk side-by-side with other world leaders at another event Sunday, choosing instead to take his motorcade down an empty Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomph, rather than showing unity with the other heads of state.

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.

Mr Trump has long complained about uncompensated United States 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.

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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.

'Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism.

'And what is essential- its moral values, ' he said in an English-language translation of the speech he delivered with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting in the front row.

French President Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the journey to the site by auto.

Donald Trump was heavily criticised on Saturday after he cancelled a planned visit to honour U.S. soldiers killed in the conflict, apparently because rain had grounded his helicopter. Following a wave of criticism, the White House altered its reasoning on Monday and said the only way Trump could have made it to the cemetery was by auto, which would have interfered with the roads. The military office then presents the recommendation to the White House in collaboration with the Secret Service. The protester sported the words "fake peacemaker" across her torso.

Despite the rain, roughly 1,500 people attended a rally against Trump at a Paris plaza several miles away, according to police.

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