Trump lashed by critics after skipping military cemetery visit over rain

Trump cancels WW1 memorial at cemetery in France due to rain

The White House said that the visit was cancelled due to bad weather that grounded his helicopter.

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

A woman charged President Donald Trump's motorcade as it carried him along Paris' Avenue des Champs-Élysées for a World War I Armistice ceremony.

Trump had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial - where more than 1,800 of his countrymen are laid to rest - located adjacent to Belleau Wood and about 60 miles (100 kilometres) northeast of Paris.

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

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.

Last year, foggy weather caused similar security concerns which prevented Mr Trump from visiting the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea.

Ben Rhodes, who served as a deputy national security adviser under former US President Barack Obama, also hit back saying weather was not an excuse.

"I helped plan all of President Obama's trips for eight years,"he wrote on Twitter".

Yet, he doesn't always seem to mind a little rain, as long as it's something he wants to do.

Trump sat mostly stone-faced with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others as Macron spoke.

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

Twitter was quick to point out that maybe Trump didn't attend because he's not very good with an umbrella.

At least one Femen protester ran out towards President Donald Trump's motorcade as he travelled to join world leaders at the Armistice Day ceremony in Paris. During that time he sent a tweet wishing a "Happy 243rd Birthday" to the U.S. Marine Corps.

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

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