Trump condemned for missing Armistice ceremony at US cemetery because of ‘poor weather’

Trump condemned for missing Armistice ceremony at US cemetery because of ‘poor weather’

John Kerry, the former US secretary of state and Sir Winton Churchill’s grandson led the criticism of Donald Trump after he cancelled a go to to a First World War cemetery because of “poor climate”.

The US president was supposed lay a wreath at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery in Bellau, however the White House claimed that heavy rain prevented him from arriving through helicopter to the location round an hour’s drive away from the French capital, the place he was assembly with Emmanuel Macron. 

The 1918 battle looms giant within the historical past of the US Marine Corps during which the Americans and French repelled German forces. More than 1,800 Americans died there.    

Mr Kerry criticised the president’s resolution on Twitter, saying that the climate “shouldn’t have stopped an American President”.

“President @actualDonaldTrump a no-show because of raindrops?” he wrote. “Those veterans the president didn’t trouble to honor fought within the rain, within the mud, within the snow – & many died in trenches for the trigger of freedom.”

Nicolas Soames, a grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and Conservative MP for Mid Sussex, additionally condemned President Trump for pulling out of the go to.

“They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic insufficient @actualDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the climate to pay his respects to The Fallen,” he wrote on Twitter.

Some commentators additionally identified that the Aisne Marne American cemetery, the place almost 2,300 US troopers are buried, is just 50 miles from Paris.

The cemetery is at the location of a 1918 battle during which the Americans and French repelled German forces. 

Many additionally drew comparisons between Mr Trump’s cancelled journey and former president Barack Obama’s go to to the location in 2009, when he walked within the rain among the many graves of US casualties.

Ben Rhodes, a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, mentioned that the White House’s excuse about “logistical difficulties brought on by the climate” didn’t make sense.

“I helped plan all of President Obama’s journeys for Eight years,” he wrote on Twitter. “There is all the time a rain choice. Always.”

David Frum, a former speech author for President George W Bush, tweeted that Mr Trump had “shirked on grounds of climate the job of honouring those that fought and died in rain and dirt”.

He mentioned: “It’s unbelievable {that a} president would journey to France for this vital anniversary – after which stay in his lodge room watching TV reasonably than pay in individual his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years in the past tomorrow,” he wrote.

The climate on the day of Mr Trump’s scheduled go to to the cemetery was reportedly mild regular rain with low cloud. This apparently prevented the presidential helicopter from travelling to the location 55 miles east of Paris.

Instead, the president despatched a delegation to the cemetery that included his chief of workers John Kelly.

Others on social media in contrast Mr Trump together with his predecessor’s efforts within the rain, posting photos of Mr Obama talking throughout downpours. 


Mr Trump is visiting France for a weekend alongside different world leaders to mark 100 years because the Armistice that ended the First World War.

The leaders of France, Germany and Canada managed to journey to numerous commemorations in France on Saturday. 

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President Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited a duplicate of the practice carriage in a forrest clearing north of Paris the place the Armistice was reached and wrote their names in a guestbook.

Mr Trump is scheduled to go to a special US cemetery close to Paris on Sunday.

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