Trump cancels memorial visit to U.S. cemetery in France due to rain

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 12, 2018

Tonight Trump tweeted a video of the commemorative events with the caption: 'Exactly 100 years ago today, on November 11th, 1918, World War I came to an end.

'We are gathered together at this hallowed resting place to pay tribute to the courageous Americans who gave their last breath in that mighty struggle, ' Trump said at the USA cemetery. I hope I look like that someday.

But he sat stoney-faced moments later when French president Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech attacking far-right rhetoric - after the USA president had declared himself a "nationalist" while on the campaign trail for the American midterm elections.

But military officials balked at the almost $100 million cost, and eventually persuaded the president he needed to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I's end with other world leaders. Another tweeted had an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin attending a ceremony in a downpour.

Mr Macron said: 'Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism.

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

World leaders have gathered in France this weekend to attend events in honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. However, a bit of rain put a damper on Donald Trump's willingness to participate, as he canceled a visit on Saturday to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, where fallen American soldiers were being commemorated.

Not among them: Trump, a day after he riled up his critics by canceling a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, the final resting place of almost 2,000 US soldiers killed in the World War I battle of Belleau Wood.

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.

Trump arrived late, and alone, as other world leaders marched shoulder to shoulder down the Champs-Élysées. The protester sported the words "fake peacemaker" across her torso. But a light, steady rain and a low cloud ceiling prevented his helicopter from going to the site. He said: "We are being shaken by hacking attempts in our cyberspace".

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