Pres. Trump, First Lady head to France for WWI ceremony

Nellie Chapman
November 11, 2018

A scheduled visit for Trump and first lady Melania to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where US soldiers are buried some 50 miles outside of Paris, was canceled because of the rain. Fewer than three minutes later, at 10:10 pm, he announced his arrival by starting a fight on Twitter with Macon.

"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russian Federation". At that time, Trump called such a notion "very insulting", adding that Europe should first repay Washington for "subsidizing" its defense through North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

In a statement, the White House said: "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".

Trump is in France for two days of commemorations around the 100th anniversary of the end of World War one.

David Frum, once a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, tweeted that he thought it was "incredible" that a president would travel to France for a World War I ceremony and not pay respects to the USA servicemen who died in France during World War I.

PARIS President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron worked to project unity today after Trump lashed out at Macron, saying he insulted the US when he pushed the idea of Europe having its own defense force.

The US President Donald Trump has criticised a suggestion by President Macron of France for a joint European army as "very insulting".

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After a meeting at the Elysée Palace, Mr Macron said he agreed that Europe should pay more.

The cancellation drew derision from some critics, with several suggesting he was afraid of messing up his hair and others noting that the rain had not stopped French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel or Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from visiting memorials.

Presidents Obama and Bush both made trips to combat zones swiftly within their first terms but Trump has yet to do so despite being in office for almost two years.

Did Trump and Macron patch up their differences?

Even as he embarked on two days of observances for the November 11, 1918 armistice, President Donald Trump said the United States now bears far too much of the burden to defend the West. European security will be "the main victim" of such a decision, the French president warned.

But by pulling the United States out of a climate-change deal signed in Paris and other worldwide deals that France embraces - and now, with his undiplomatic tweet before meeting Macron - Trump has made clear that the French leader is not holding the reins. The White House cited a scheduling conflict, saying the president instead would attend a Veterans Day ceremony to pay respects to US soldiers who died on French soil.

Fresh off US congressional elections that saw his Republican Party's power eroded, Trump's visit is aimed at bolstering the US-European alliance at a symbolic time, with the world marking the centenary of World War One's armistice.

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