US President Donald Trump was in France to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. However, the president cancelled his planned visit to the Ainse-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, where he was expected to lay a wreath and pay tribute to Americans soldiers killed in the war. The first couple was supposed to travel to the site via helicopter. However, they called off the plan at the last minute due to bad weather. The bad weather cited by the White House was a steady rain, and the president not visiting the cemetery created a storm online.
“(Their attendance) has been cancelled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” the White House said in a statement, adding that a delegation led by Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired general, went instead.
While many were angered by Trump’s decision and alleged that he had “dishonoured” fallen US servicemen, others trolled him. Leading the list is the French Army, who may have roasted the US President with a tweet from its official handle. “There’s rain, but it’s not serious. We’re staying motivated,” they tweeted with a rain-soaked soldier crawling under a hurdle.
— Armée de Terre (@armeedeterre) November 12, 2018
Many of Trump’s critics wondered why there was no alternative route available for him to attend the event. Others shared photos of Obama attending multiple events despite being soaked in the rain.
— Jamie K (@MegaNerdGirl) November 13, 2018
— Brenda (@oregonresister) November 12, 2018
Trump will not visit Arlington cemetery on Veteran’s Day as rain is expected.
But please, tell me again how kneeling NFL players are disrespecting the troops.
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) November 12, 2018
Now Trump won’t brave the rain to visit Arlington cemetery on Veterans Day? Hmmm. I’m starting to wonder if aliens haven’t somehow possessed his body and the body casing reacts badly with H2O.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 12, 2018
After missing WWI memorial service due to rain, President Trump returns to the US amid reports of a light drizzle: pic.twitter.com/Tu5aQCaPua
— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) November 12, 2018
The whole world is trolling Trump.
Even Putin made a point to stand out in the rain. pic.twitter.com/S58v6mhney
— Nathan H. Rubin (@NathanHRubin) November 12, 2018
If you walked your dog in the rain, or even just walked to your car, you are officially braver than Trump.
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) November 12, 2018
Unlike Trump, a little rain never stopped President Obama from honoring our fallen war heroes on Veterans Day pic.twitter.com/hmukEpsnrV
— Rick Perry (@hunkymuscles) November 12, 2018
Maybe it could just rain forever, and Donald Trump could stay inside and never bother us again.
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) November 11, 2018
The real reason baby trump won’t honor the Veterans in the rain: pic.twitter.com/QDxWUd9M63
— Ann DT 🌊 (@AnnDelTredici) November 11, 2018
— COhummingbird (@COHummingbird) November 12, 2018
Here is a picture of trump if and when he is in the rain. So now, you know why he is so afraid of just the light rain. pic.twitter.com/6fCbcvx21f
— Jogi (@Jogi03269093) November 11, 2018
Makes sense Trump cancelled an event in the rain when you remember he’s an adult who doesn’t know how to open or close an umbrella. pic.twitter.com/3VVv7CwEwX
— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) November 10, 2018
Trump bravely survives attack by an enemy umbrella. pic.twitter.com/5ylMKmYhCJ
— Susan (@AdoptRescues) November 11, 2018
⚡️ “Trump cancels planned visit to WW1 cemetery in France due to rain”https://t.co/K54OXZBuR9 pic.twitter.com/vMXTx0O8bd
— L M J (@ViewFrom14thFlr) November 10, 2018
Trump later attended the remembrance services with other world leaders to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.