Thursday, 15 Nov 2018
World

Trump's visit to the American cemetery in France canceled because of the rain

PARIS – President Donald Trump has canceled a planned visit to a cemetery for Americans killed in the First World War on Saturday, as the White House cited the bad weather that stopped his helicopter.

Trump was to lay a wreath and watch a moment of silence at the American Cemetery and Memorial of Aisne-Marne, located near the Bois de Belleau and a hundred miles north-east of Paris.

Instead, Trump spent most of the day following a meeting and lunch with French President Macron at the residence of the United States Ambassador, where he occasionally stayed. commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The retired Chief of Staff of the Navy, Navy General John Kelly, attended instead of Trump. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joe Dunford; and several members of the White House staff. The Battle of Belleau Wood was a crucial conflict in the war and a pivotal meeting in the history of the Marine Corps.

The secret services determine when to safely fly Marine One, the president's helicopter. Paris was covered with clouds and dripping rain almost all day Saturday.

Trump was to join dozens of world leaders Sunday at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, on the occasion of Armistice Day. He was to deliver a speech in front of the American Suresnes Cemetery, 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 get to Aisne-Marne, regardless of the weather.

Ben Rhodes, who was a deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama, accused Trump of "honoring the American soldiers who died for us," and said the White House should have had access to it. an emergency option.

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