Trump Just Cancelled Visit To American Cemetery In France Because… It’s Raining

Donald Trump’s visit to the Belleau Wood cemetery and battlefield was canceled Saturday, as rainy weather across France prevented the planned helicopter excursion to mark one of the deadliest World War I battle sites.

“The President and First Lady’s trip to Ainse-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial has been canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” the White House said in a statement. “An American delegation led by Chief of Staff General John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford will attend on their behalf.”

The site — where some 1,800 American soldiers were killed over three weeks of battle during World War I — is some 55 miles from downtown Paris, making a drive logistically challenging for the president’s large motorcade.

Trump is in Paris to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the “Great War.” He’s planning to attend an Armistice Day memorial event Sunday at the Arc de Triomphe with other world leaders, and also speak at a Veterans Day ceremony at Suresnes cemetery before returning to Washington.

Former top Obama aide Ben Rhodes slammed Trump for cancelling a cemetery visit due to a little rain.

Rhodes, who served as a political adviser and speechwriter for Obama, later responded to a tweet noting that the previous White House would regularly have contingency plans for bad weather.

“I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years,” he wrote. “There is always a rain option. Always.”

Twitter is furious:

Mind you, French President Emanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had no problem showing up:


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