Donald Trump's visit to US cemetery in France is cancelled due to rain

At a gathering to mark the centenary of WWI’s end, the US president is expected to skip an event organised by the French president.

Trump had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, located adjacent to Belleau Wood and about 100 kilometres northeast of Paris.

Instead, Trump spent much of the day following a meeting and lunch with French President Macron at the US ambassador’s residence, where he was staying during events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of the day.
JACQUELYN MARTIN/APParis was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of the day.

Attending in Trump’s place were the White House chief of staff, retired Marine General John Kelly; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joe Dunford; and several members of the White House staff.

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The Battle of Belleau Wood was a critical conflict in the war and a pivotal encounter in Marine Corps history.

US President Donald Trump is joining other world leaders at centennial commemorations in Paris this weekend to mark the end of World War I.
THIBAULT CAMUS/APUS President Donald Trump is joining other world leaders at centennial commemorations in Paris this weekend to mark the end of World War I.

The Secret Service determines when it’s safe to fly Marine One, the president’s helicopter. Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of Saturday.

Trump was scheduled to join dozens of world leaders on Sunday at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe marking Armistice Day. He was to deliver remarks at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, located five miles west of Paris, before returning to Washington.

The cancellation of Saturday’s visit drew criticism from those who say the president should have found a way to travel to Aisne-Marne regardless of the weather.

The US flag flutters at half mast prior to a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery and memorial in Belleau.
FRANCOIS MORI/APThe US flag flutters at half mast prior to a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery and memorial in Belleau.

Ben Rhodes, who was deputy national security adviser for President Barack Obama, accused Trump of “blowing off honoring American servicemen who died for us” and said the White House should have had a fallback option.

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