Published: Tue, November 13, 2018

Trump cancels visit to WW1 military cemetery because of poor weather

Trump cancels visit to WW1 military cemetery because of poor weather

The US President had been scheduled to visit the American war cemetery at Belleau, about 90 kilometres east of the French capital, on Saturday but cancelled the visit.

But following a series of tweets where he furiously set his sights on French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Trump hit out at the criticism he has faced and explained his reasons for not attending.

On Saturday, Trump was criticized for failing to visit a second American cemetery about 60 miles outside of Paris because bad weather grounded the helicopter he planned to take.

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. A handful of senior administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, went in the president's place.

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.

"Those veterans the president didn't bother to honour fought in the rain, in the mud, in the snow and many died in trenches for the cause of freedom".

He was to deliver remarks at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, located about 10km west of Paris, before returning to Washington.

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

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.

But while some questioned why Trump had not made the hour-long journey by road, White House insiders noted that organising a presidential motorcade, typically involving dozens of vehicles, would be a tall order at the last minute.

Trump later attended the remembrance services with other world leaders to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

At 10:03 a.m. on Monday, the White House called a travel lid, meaning President Donald Trump is not expected to hold any public events for the remainder of the day.

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