'Pathetic, inadequate' Trump criticised for cancelling WWI visit due to rain


"President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people", press secretary Sarah Sanders said, noting the trip was 60 miles (96km) north-east of Paris.

President Donald Trump spent the weekend in France, skipping World War I commemoration events and apparently sulking in front of the television, instead of enjoying the grand military parade he'd once envisioned for himself.

The White House cited weather conditions that grounded the president's helicopter for the cancellation.

Social media users trolled Trump Saturday by posting pictures of former President Barack Obama giving several speeches in the rain.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had to cancel the visit because his helicopter could not fly in nearly zero visibility. Following a wave of criticism, the White House altered its reasoning on Monday and said the only way Trump could have made it to the cemetery was by vehicle, which would have interfered with the roads.

The US leader was heavily criticised for cancelling a trip to Belleau Wood battlefield in northern France on Saturday due to the rain, with some critics accusing him of disrespecting America's war dead.

Sir Nicholas Soames, the Conservative MP and grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, tweeted: "They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate Donald Trump couldn't even defy the weather to pay his respects".

But military officials balked at the almost $100 million cost, and eventually persuaded the president he needed to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I's end with other world leaders.

The Secret Service determines when it's safe to fly Marine One, the President's helicopter.

Meanwhile Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron yesterday agreed on the need for more European defence spending, papering over an earlier Trump tweet that had described Macron's call for a European army as "very insulting".

In a series of morning tweets, Trump said it is "ridiculously unfair" for the United States to spend "massive amounts" of money on troops in Europe while experiencing "nothing but Trade Deficits and Losses" with the same counties that host the USA military.

Quoting sources, Washington Post reported that the incessant rain in the French capital made it hard to arrange transport for the US President. They rallied under a banner that said "Trump War" and slammed policies such as USA help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.