White House says Trump motorcade to WWI cemetery would have disrupted traffic

Trump Faces Backlash Over Skipping WW1 Cemetery For Fallen US Soldiers

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

While President Donald Trump is in France to observe the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I, he is receiving harsh criticism at home for his curious absence on Saturday from a memorial due to rain.

Trump claimed that his cancellation was due to so called "scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather".

Donald Trump got to spend some time in Paris while his staff paid their respects to the fallen soldiers (Picture: AFP/Getty) Vote Vets, a political action committee, which has more than 500,000 veterans as members, mentioned how Trump complained about the rain ruining his hair when he had to answer questions about the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre last month.

Bad weather grounded the presidential helicopter and security concerns about a quickly organised motorcade for the two-hour drive out of Paris meant other senior officials were sent on the visit.

The decision prompted a rash of criticism on Twitter, with Nicholas Soames, a British member of parliament who is a grandson of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, saying that Trump was dishonoring USA servicemen.

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.

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.

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

Trump was scheduled to join dozens of world leaders Sunday at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe marking Armistice Day.

On Sunday, Trump attended a scheduled event honoring American war dead at a US cemetery just outside of Paris.

The battle has become a key piece of lore for the US Marine Corps, and is presumably something that a US president would be keen to commemorate with a visit.



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