President Donald Trump travelled to France to participate in a number of events and ceremonies to pay respect to US marines killed in WWI.
Trump was due to travel to the French village of Belleau, 50 miles east of Paris, to visit the 2,888 Americans buried in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.
The US president skipped out on the visit. An initial statement provided by the White House claimed the trip "has been cancelled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather".
People online were not happy with the flimsy excuse.
Many were confused by what they meant by "logistical difficulties caused by the weather…"
A view of the weather in Paris which is supposed to have deterred @realDonaldTrump from paying his respects to the… https://t.co/AntqQzJWZZ— François Heisbourg (@François Heisbourg) 1541861013
According to online weather forecasts, Saturday had “light rain and low clouds".
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later updated the explanation and in a statement on Sunday said the weather and “near-zero visibility”, and added that traffic concerns prevented the president from travelling by car.
President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people.
Twitter enacted an unofficial public roast, and users dragged the US president for being unable to use an umbrella…
Did Trump cancel visit to American Cemetery in France because of rain? Still can’t figure out how to work an umbrella? WTF?— Claude Taylor (@Claude Taylor) 1541857900
And rehashed the awkward moments Trump has had with umbrellas.
In all fairness Trump lost his 1 umbrella https://t.co/3VmYD8QLJZ— Michael O’Neil (@Michael O’Neil) 1541861788
They didn't pull any punches
For Trumps next trip overseas, I’ll be happy to lend him this useful tool for public diplomacy: https://t.co/CCreXmxECd— Michael McFaul (@Michael McFaul) 1541878056
When Trump flies to France and then drops out of the ceremony at a military cemetery because of “rain” we must reme… https://t.co/IpSh8kQ7iJ— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence O'Donnell) 1541873878
*2020 Presidential Debate* Donald Trump: "Nobody respects the troops like I do, OK. Believe me." Kamala Harris: "… https://t.co/KlxBzLYKPg— Adam Best (@Adam Best) 1541903493
https://t.co/y8ea9u3T9R— Gore Vidal Sassoon (@Gore Vidal Sassoon) 1541911933
@realDonaldTrump Trump bravely survives attack by an enemy umbrella. https://t.co/5ylMKmYhCJ— Susan (@Susan) 1541950716
HT: Daily Dot
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