Trump visit to US cemetery in France canceled due to rain

Trump visit to US cemetery in France canceled due to rain

Trump visit to US cemetery in France canceled due to rain

More than 2,000 U.S. troops are buried at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where Trump was meant to visit on Saturday.

The French army appeared to poke fun at Donald Trump on Twitter, after the USA president cancelled a visit to a World War One cemetery over poor weather.

He was due to lay a wreath at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery near Belleau Wood on Saturday but blamed bad weather for grounding his helicopter, Marine One.

Also known as the Belleau Wood cemetery, the site is home to the graves of 2,289 American war dead and 1,060 names of the missing.

The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the president's tweet.

Around 70 leaders, including Trump, are scheduled to gather at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday morning to mark the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the war, when some 10 million soldiers were killed during four years of grinding conflict.

"Those veterans the president didn't bother to honour fought in the rain, in the mud, in the snow and many died in trenches for the cause of freedom".

The cancellation of Saturday's visit drew criticism from those who said the President should have found a way to travel to Aisne-Marne, regardless of the weather.

The military office then presents the recommendation to the White House in collaboration with the Secret Service.

The dust-up over European security, which threatened to divert attention from the weekend's sombre remembrance ceremonies, was just the latest example of fallout from Mr Trump's brand of Twitter-assisted diplomacy. He said it was "never easy bringing up" the issues of military spending and trade imbalances.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism", Macron said.

The two men struck a more friendly tone as they opened their meeting at the grand presidential residence.

The last minute cancellation prompted widespread criticism on social media and from some officials in Britain and the United States that Trump had "dishonored" USA servicemen.

"It would be odd for Trump and [national security adviser] John Bolton to show up at a forum for global governance", Thomas Wright, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, told The Guardian.

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