Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Trump cancels WW1 memorial at cemetery in France due to rain

Winston Churchill’s grandson rips Trump for canceling World War I cemetery visit over poor weather President Donald Trump extends his hand to French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday. Thibault Camus AP
Patty Aguilar | 12 November, 2018, 10:21

The decision drew sharp criticism from White House opponents and others.

British Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's grandson, ripped U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday for canceling a planned visit to a World War I commemoration event in France due to bad weather.

Instead, Trump spent much of the day following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron at the United States ambassador's residence, where he was staying during events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

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As many as 1,800 American soldiers killed in the battle of Belleau Wood and are buried in the French cemetery.

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The president was expected to fly in on Marine One, his personal helicopter, and take part in a minute's silence at the cemetery.

They included a memorial next to the Arc de Triomphe, where Mr Trump was photographed grinning enthusiastically as Russian president Vladimir Putin greeted him with a thumbs up and firm handshake.

He was to deliver remarks at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, located five miles west of Paris, before returning to Washington.

Trump did fearless the weather Sunday and joined French President Emmanuel Macron and dozens of other world leaders to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

The former campaign adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron, Francois Heisbourg, posted a photo outside his window giving a peek at the weather conditions that kept President Trump indoors.

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