The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, canceled a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. The cemetery in France is the final resting place of American soldiers and Marines killed in the battle of Belleau Wood.
This year marks the 100th anniversary since the horrific fight, where over 1800 American military personnel lost their lives.
Trump, who is in France for the anniversary, refused to attend the ceremony due to the rain.
Trump cancels WW1 memorial at U.S. cemetery in France due to rain https://t.co/vfYXu6YFqn
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 10, 2018
The White House delegation to visit the memorial was led by Chief of Staff, retired General John Kelly. However, the President’s absence was a surprise to most everyone involved.
The White House released a statement that the POTUS would be unable to attend due to “scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather”.
Official sources, including George W. Bush’s former speech writer, called the president out.
I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years. There is always a rain option. Always. https://t.co/exZNlONQOp
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 10, 2018
Trump cancelled attending a WW1 memorial at a U.S. cemetery in France because of some rain on Saturday, but Merkel, Macron and Trudeau managed to do their bit https://t.co/VB06gMKzJa pic.twitter.com/U15cwHiN8f
— Luke Baker (@BakerLuke) November 10, 2018
It's incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary – and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow
— David Frum (@davidfrum) November 10, 2018
While rain can cause certain logistical challenges in transport, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were able to attend the event without issue.
While there, the world leaders unveiled a plaque, commemorating the battle.
People could not believe Trump’s absence.
I’ll just leave this here: pic.twitter.com/0xXXoR12bw
— Persian Rose (@PersianRose1) November 11, 2018
Gotta wonder how @realDonaldTrump ‘s mid-west, pro military, heavily patriotic voters will feel about him missing a WWI Memorial on Veterans Day weekend for not being able to deal with some mist. But he could play golf! What a slap to the face to so many people, so many memories
— Thomas Hayostek (@ThomasHayostek) November 10, 2018
"(Their attendance) has been canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather," the White House said.
His hair is a logistical difficulty?
— Chez Ally 🎗 (@chezally) November 10, 2018
Regardless of the fact that the collosal US government agencies would have had contingencies in place for any eventuality on such an important occasion, surely Trump could have surfed in on a tidal wave of his own bullsh*t if necessary?
— The Clumpany (@TheClumpany) November 10, 2018
How his boss behaves in the rain. pic.twitter.com/Pg3Etwu86U
— alan williams (@Alan_W) November 10, 2018
Nicholas Soames, the Conservative MP and grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, tweeted: “They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen.
— Gilles Bourdin (@Gilles_Bourdin) November 10, 2018
And the comparison to how a past President handled rain was made.
The rain didn’t stop a real President… pic.twitter.com/LhWb83JNVq
— Concerned Wentworth Voter (@callapygian) November 10, 2018
Obama’s former security adviser, Ben Rhodes, spoke about the hypocrisy of the situation.
“Trump will use the US Military for a pre-election political stunt but sits in his hotel instead of honoring those who fought and died for America.”