Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

'Pathetic, inadequate' Trump criticised for cancelling WWI visit due to rain

'Pathetic, inadequate' Trump criticised for cancelling WWI visit due to rain

In his place were White House chief of staff, retired Marine General John Kelly; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joe Dunford and other members of White House Staff.

The president was dazzled last year by the 2017 Bastille Day parade in Paris, and he notified defense officials he wanted a display like that for Veterans Day the following year, reported CNN.

The U.S. Secret Service typically requires a good level of visibility to transport the president by helicopter, yet the president's detractors and some in his own party seized on the cancellation to accuse Trump of lacking respect for fallen soldiers and the military.

The president will include a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Northern France and is anticipated to make remarks Sunday at Suresnes American Cemetery.

Having just returned from Paris to mark the end of World War I with other world leaders, President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at US allies, insisting they pay the United States more for military protection and complaining anew about trade deficits.

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

'We are gathered together at this hallowed resting place to pay tribute to the courageous Americans who gave their last breath in that mighty struggle, ' Trump said at the U.S. cemetery.

Trump visited a different cemetery near Paris on Sunday, during which the president raved about the "bloodiest conflicts in human history" while recognizing several World War I vets who were in attendance.

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Meantime, world leaders walked together in a show of unity to the Arc de Triomphe, the site of the solemn ceremony.

'Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism.

Trump also missed the Paris Peace Forum with French President Emmanuel Macron, which started on Sunday.

'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.

The jibe from the French military came after social media users picked up Justin Trudeau's rain-soaked appearance at the weekend, seized on by many as a rebuke to Trump's non-attendance.

"President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people", Ms Sanders said.

The president even weighed in on wine, one of France's most-prized industries, to complain that France does not engage in fair trade practices with the US over the alcoholic beverage. They rallied under a banner that said "Trump War" and slammed policies such as USA help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

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