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White house decision to cancel veteran cemetery visit in France creates a own storm

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By Carol E. Lee and Kristen Welker

PARIS – White House’s decision on Saturday to scrape the president’s visit in a cemetery for fallen American soldiers because of the weather creates a certain storm.

President Donald Trump was scheduled to take a 30-minute helicopter ride from Paris to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, France. But a rainy forecast for the city made it too risky for him to fly safely there, the White House said a couple of hours before reaching the cemetery.

“The President and First Lady’s Trip to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial has been interrupted due to the scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” the White House announced.

White House Chief John Kelly and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the common executives, made the rough 50 mile journey to the cemetery in a small car map. The drive took about 90 minutes each time. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood apart to a memorable host in northern France. 19659012] Image: John Kelly Joseph Dunford “/>

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Left and Chairman of Joint Managers, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, Center, Attending a Ceremony at Aisne Marne American Cemetery Near Belleau Wood battlefield in Belleau, France November 10, 2018. Francois Mori / AP

The White House’s bad weather for Trump does not fit well with any observers.

François Heisbourg, a political analyst and former campaign advisor to Macron, reiterated a photo on Twitter if someone cycles in Paris and wrote weather that held Trump from the cemetery is: “Nothing a cyclist can handle, let alone a presidential helo.” [19659009] A British parliamentary and grandson of legendary British prime minister Winston Churchill, Nicholas Soames, was even more critical and called Trump “pathetic” and “inadequate” on Twitter because he “could not even defy the weather to pay his respects the fallen “who”, however, with his face to the enemy. “

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also participated in armistical events outside the city today, at a campsite about two hours north of Paris by car.

When asked about the criticism, the White House pointed out its first statement on the question. The white house usually considers a variety of factors when bad weather calls for a president’s flight, including the possibility of changing forecasts and how high the ceiling is.

The White House did not say why the president chose not to drive a car when there was a helicopter if it was no longer an option. Instead, the President returned to it American ambassador to France’s residence, where he and the first lady are staying in Paris for about four and a half hours.

Secretary Mike Pompeo also planned to attend, but he was also afraid of “planning and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” according to one of his assistants.

More than 2,000 soldiers were buried at the cemetery of the World War, many of whom died in the battle of Belleau Wood. Kelly and Dunford, united by their wives, put a wreath in front of the cemetery’s chapel and walked through the rows of tombstones under a low cloud cover and a light rain.

After his visit to the town of Compiègne, where Germany and France signed the 1918 Army, Macron wrote a photo of the two leaders on the spot with a single word – “Unis” – which is French for “United.”

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