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

Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of the day

Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of the day

President Donald Trump drew severe criticism over the weekend for missing a ceremony in Paris to honor soldiers who died during World War I due to rain.

The White House said Trump's trip to the memorial was "canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather", which it said caused visibility issues that precluded Trump taking his helicopter to the site.

In the program the head of the White house on November 10, had planned a trip to the cemetery in Aisne Marne, where the Americans are buried who died during the battle in the forest Bello (Belleau Wood, June 1918 - ed.) - first major battle of the First world, which was attended by soldiers from the USA, says Public.

Trump was criticized for not going to the cemetery by former White House officials David Frum and Ben Rhodes as well as Nicholas Soames, a grandson of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

In the wake of criticism that Trump didn't instead travel by vehicle, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement on Sunday that noted the weather and "near-zero visibility" as well as concerns that a motorcade on short notice would have required closing roads to traffic.

Similar concerns prevented Mr Trump from reaching the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea a year ago when foggy weather prevented his helicopter from landing.

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

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The President was widely criticised for not going to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in northern France, where he had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence on Saturday.

Macron specifically referred to the "selfishness of nations only looking after their own interests" in remarks at an Armistice Day event in Paris that Trump and other world leaders attended.

The tweets came on the heels of a trip on which Trump seemed isolated from other leaders.

But Trump did give a speech in the rain at the American Commemoration Ceremony at Suresnes Cemetery, where he commented on the rain and pointed to people off stage under shelter and said they were "smart" for avoiding the weather.

Did the President really not visit the American military cemetery today in France?

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