Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump cancels WW1 memorial at cemetery in France due to rain

Trump cancels WW1 memorial at cemetery in France due to rain

Trump was scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence Saturday at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, located approximately 60 miles northeast of Paris.

World leaders have gathered in France this weekend to attend events in honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. However, a bit of rain put a damper on Donald Trump's willingness to participate, as he canceled a visit on Saturday to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, where fallen American soldiers were being commemorated.

The White House sent a statement saying he skipped the event due to "scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather".

President Trump does seem to have an aversion to rain.

Hailing the "American and French patriots" who served in the war, he said: "It is our duty to preserve the civilisation they defended and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago".

The criticism from Mr Ellwood, a former soldier, follows a scathing rebuke from Sir Nicholas Soames, a grandson of the wartime British leader Sir Winston Churchill.

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Obama wasn't the only one featured in the rain in Twitter messages attacking the president. The White House cited weather conditions that grounded the president's helicopter for the cancellation.

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.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended his own ceremony to pay tribute to Canadian troops killed at Vimy Ridge, on the battlefields of northeastern France.

"There is always a rain option". The White House said he was at the residence of the US ambassador in Paris.

The president is scheduled to take part in a ceremony at the Suresnes American Cemetery to the west of Paris on Sunday afternoon, when he is expected to make formal remarks.

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