Rain prevented President Trump from appearing at a commemoration of American WWI soldiers who died in France on Saturday. Scheduling and logistical difficulties were blamed for the president’s absence, the White House added that the steady rain stopped his helicopter from taking off. Twitter users heavily criticized the president, including parliament member Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill. Trump “couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to the Fallen,” Soames wrote.
- Should Trump have attended despite the weather?
- Are Twitter users ignoring the “logistical difficulties” of the situation?
President Donald Trump could not attend a commemoration in France on Saturday for U.S. soldiers and marines killed during World War One because rain prevented transport from being arranged, the White House said.
The cancelation of the last minute led to widespread criticism on the social media and certain officials in Britain and the United States that Trump “dishonored” U.S. soldiers.
The President was scheduled to pay tribute to his wife Melania at a ceremony at Belleau’s Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, about 85 km (50 miles) east of Paris. But light steady rain and a low cloud ceiling prevented his helicopter from traveling to the site.
“(Their attendance) was canceled due to weather scheduling and logistical difficulties,” the White House said in a statement, adding that a delegation led by Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired general, went instead.
The decision sparked a rash of criticism on Twitter with Nicholas Soames, a British parliamentarian who is the grandson of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, saying that Trump dishonored U.S. soldiers.