Trump ditched cemetery visit to avoid causing Paris traffic jams, says Sanders

Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of the day

JACQUELYN MARTIN APParis was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of the day

He had been due to join White House Chief of Staff John F Kelly (2ndR), his wife Karen Hernest (R), US General Joseph Dunford at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau (Picture: AFP) The White House cited weather conditions that grounded the president's helicopter for the cancellation.

The President was widely criticised for not going to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in northern France, where he had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence on Saturday.

President Donald Trump drew severe criticism over the weekend for missing a ceremony in Paris to honor soldiers who died during World War I due to rain.

Trump visited a different cemetery near Paris on Sunday, during which the president raved about the "bloodiest conflicts in human history" while recognizing several World War I vets who were in attendance.

During World War I American troops were involved in a crucial battle at the nearby Belleau Wood where they suffered almost 10,000 casualties.

Trump returned to Washington on Sunday evening after a weekend in France, where he attended events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. The president paid tribute earlier in the day to USA and allied soldiers killed in the so-called "war to end all wars".

Vice President Mike Pence did not attend Sunday's Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, where Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie represented the administration.

He attended an internationally broadcast gathering for world leaders at the Arc de Triomphe and lunched with his counterparts earlier on Sunday before driving a half-hour outside of the city to Suresnes for the invite-only ceremony commemorating the end of WWI.

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Many others on social media also took aim at Mr Trump pointing out his predecessor, Barack Obama, and Candian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, had previously dealt with the rain at past ceremonies.

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In his speech, Macron differentiated "patriotism" and "nationalism", calling the latter "a betrayal of" the former.

The tweets came on the heels of a trip on which Trump seemed isolated from other leaders.

The last minute cancellation prompted widespread criticism on social media and from some officials in Britain and the United States that Trump had "dishonored" US servicemen.

"Rain didn't stop them and it shouldn't have stopped an American president". They rallied under a banner that said "Trump War" and slammed policies such as U.S. help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

One replied: "Trump will stand in the rain for some golf".

He said it is "unfair to have the European security today being assured just by the United States", but did not respond to a question about why he felt France needed protection from the US.

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