Trump lashed by critics after skipping military cemetery visit over rain

Similar concerns prevented Trump from reaching the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea a year ago when foggy weather prevented his helicopter from landing.

After meeting Emmanuel Macron, Trump was due to travel to travel to Belleau Wood, a battlefield where USA troops made a key breakthrough against a German advance trying to enter Paris.

And on Sunday, Trump paid tribute to veterans at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in Paris.

Instead, Trump spent much of the day following a meeting and lunch with French President Macron at the USA ambassador's residence, where he was staying during events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The Battle of Belleau Wood was a critical conflict in the war and a pivotal encounter in Marine Corps history.

That was the case for Trump, who rather than visit the battlefield, opted instead to send Chief of Staff General John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford in his stead, citing "scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather".

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Before he spoke, the President stood alone amid the cemetery's white crosses, protecting himself against the drizzle with a black umbrella.

"It is our duty to preserve the civilization they defended".

"We are getting drenched, you're very smart people", he continued, later complimenting the veterans. "You look like you're in really good shape all of you".

Twitter user @jimmyjazz1968 tweeted this image, comparing Trump to a character from Lewis Caroll's Through the Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were among the world leaders who made the trip.

"We are gathered together at this hallowed resting place to pay tribute to the courageous Americans who gave their last breath in that mighty struggle", Trump said at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in the suburbs of Paris, where more than 1,500 Americans who died in the war are buried.

At 10:03 a.m. on Monday, the White House called a travel lid, meaning President Donald Trump is not expected to hold any public events for the remainder of the day. They rallied under a banner that said "Trump War" and slammed policies such as USA help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

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