John Kerry, the former US secretary of state, and Sir Winton Churchill’s grandson led the criticism of Donald Trump after he cancelled a go to to a First World Conflict cemetery due to “poor climate”.

The US president was supposed lay a wreath on the Aisne-Marne American cemetery in Belleau, however the White Home claimed that heavy rain prevented him from arriving by way of helicopter to the positioning round an hour’s drive away from the French capital, the place he was assembly with Emmanuel Macron. 

The 1918 battle looms massive within the historical past of the US Marine Corps during which the People and French repelled German forces. Greater than 1,800 People died there.    

Mr Kerry criticised the president’s determination on Twitter, saying that the climate “shouldn’t have stopped an American President”.

“President @realDonaldTrump a no-show due to raindrops?” he wrote. “These veterans the president didn’t trouble to honor fought within the rain, within the mud, within the snow – & many died in trenches for the reason for freedom.”

Nicolas Soames, a grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and Conservative MP for Mid Sussex, additionally condemned President Trump for pulling out of the go to.

“They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic insufficient @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the climate to pay his respects to The Fallen,” he wrote on Twitter.

Some commentators additionally identified that the Aisne Marne American cemetery, the place almost 2,300 US troopers are buried, is barely 50 miles from Paris.

The cemetery is on the website of a 1918 battle during which the People and French repelled German forces. 

Many additionally drew comparisons between Mr Trump’s cancelled journey and former president Barack Obama’s go to to the positioning in 2009, when he walked within the rain among the many graves of US casualties.

Ben Rhodes, a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, mentioned that the White Home’s excuse about “logistical difficulties brought on by the climate” didn’t make sense.

“I helped plan all of President Obama’s journeys for eight years,” he wrote on Twitter. “There’s at all times a rain possibility. All the time.”

David Frum, a former speech author for President George W Bush, tweeted that Mr Trump had “shirked on grounds of climate the job of honouring those that fought and died in rain and dust”.

He mentioned: “It’s unbelievable that a president would journey to France for this vital anniversary – after which stay in his resort room watching TV moderately than pay in individual his respects to the People who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years in the past tomorrow,” he wrote.

The climate on the day of Mr Trump’s scheduled go to to the cemetery was reportedly gentle, regular rain with low cloud. This apparently prevented the presidential helicopter from travelling to the positioning 55 miles east of Paris.

As a substitute, the president despatched a delegation to the cemetery, which included his chief of workers John Kelly.

Others on social media in contrast Mr Trump together with his predecessor’s efforts within the rain, posting photographs of Mr Obama talking throughout downpours. 


Mr Trump is visiting France for a weekend alongside different world leaders to mark 100 years for the reason that Armistice that ended the First World Conflict.

The leaders of France, Germany and Canada managed to journey to varied commemorations in France on Saturday. 

President Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel visited a duplicate of the practice carriage in a forest clearing north of Paris the place the Armistice was signed and wrote their names in a guestbook.

Mr Trump is scheduled to go to a distinct US cemetery close to Paris on Sunday.

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