In response to critics who said Trump could have made the trip by vehicle, the White House issued a statement Sunday night saying Trump did not want to disrupt traffic around Paris.
World leaders have gathered in France this weekend to attend events in honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. However, a bit of rain put a damper on Donald Trump's willingness to participate, as he canceled a visit on Saturday to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, where fallen American soldiers were being commemorated.
A woman charged President Donald Trump's motorcade as it carried him along Paris' Avenue des Champs-Élysées for a World War I Armistice ceremony.
Attending in Trump's place were the White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joe Dunford; and several members of the White House staff.
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Stung by criticism for not attending an event honoring USA military dead, the White House says President Donald Trump didn't want to disrupt Paris roadways for a last-minute motorcade to a cemetery in northern France.
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The cancellation of Saturday's visit drew criticism from those who say the president should have found a way to travel to Aisne-Marne regardless of the weather.
Other world leaders also gathering in Paris braved the drops to pay respect at respective military cemeteries in the region.
White House officials said the decision was taken due to the weather and cited security concerns in hastily arranging a motorcade.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel lay a wreath in the Clairiere of Rethondes during a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Compiegne, France, November 10, 2018.
After meeting Emmanuel Macron, Trump was due to travel to travel to Belleau Wood, a battlefield where United States troops made a key breakthrough against a German advance trying to enter Paris.
Also not among them: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also arrived solo. In another tweet, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was seen, holding an umbrella in his hand, addressing the 2017 Remembrance Day ceremony in heavy rain.