Trump ruled out cemetery motorcade as disruptive

Trump cancels WW1 memorial at cemetery in France due to rain

Hailing the "American and French patriots" who served in the war, he said: "It is our duty to preserve the civilisation they defended and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago".

The veterans had been offered limited space underneath the monument, out of the rain, to watch the speech from.

Addressing one veteran, he joked: "You look so comfortable up there under shelter as we're getting drenched". "He wanted to be here in person to honor the American heroes of World War I. Matthew, thank you". 'America is forever in debt, and we are forever in your debt. "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the USA subsidizes greatly!"

Attendees of the president's speech, including members of Congress in Paris for the event, huddled together under umbrellas and ponchos. He also looks wonderful not in the rain, but I digress.

US President Donald Trump's umbrella is turned inside out by a gust of wind while stepping off Air Force One during his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Instead, Trump spent much of Saturday at the USA ambassador's residence following a meeting and lunch with French president Emmanuel Macron.

Trump said he was honored to be a part of the "very beautiful" ceremony in Paris that commemorated the end of World War I.


'Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism.

'Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.

But a little rain Saturday caused him to skip out on a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, the resting place of 1,800 American soldiers who were killed in the battle of Belleau Wood.

Donald Trump didn't attend an event honouring USA military dead because he didn't want to disrupt the traffic in Paris, the White House explained on Sunday.

Trump arrived late, and alone, as other world leaders marched shoulder to shoulder down the Champs-Élysées. The protester appeared to have written "fake peacemaker on her body", a play on his characterization of many media outlets as "fake news".

Trump's visit had been much anticipated after he called off a trip to the Belleau Wood battlefield in northern France on Saturday due to the rain, a decision for which he was widely criticised. He said: "We are being shaken by hacking attempts in our cyberspace".

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