Weather blamed for Trump no-show

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day can­celled his visit to a US war ceme­tery to mark 100 years since Ar­mistice Day due to “bad weather”.

The US pres­i­dent had been ex­pected to fly to Bel­leau Wood ceme­tery, about 55 miles out­side Paris.

But the trip was can­celled be­cause the con­di­tions were thought to be too se­vere for his he­li­copter, Ma­rine One, to han­dle.

The air­craft was grounded fol­low­ing a risk as­sess­ment by his se­cu­rity team.

A White House del­e­ga­tion which in­cluded Gen­eral John Kelly and Gen­eral Joe Dun­ford made an hour-long jour­ney by car in­stead.

A spokesman said: “The pres­i­dent and first lady’s trip to Aisne-Marne Amer­i­can Ceme­tery and Me­mo­rial has been can­celled due to sched­ul­ing and lo­gis­ti­cal dif­fi­cul­ties caused by the weather.”

The ceme­tery hon­ours the 4th Ma­rine Bri­gade of the United States Army’s 2nd Divi­sion and an at­tack they led on the Ger­mans on June 6, 1918, which lib­er­ated the Bouresches.

The 5th and 6th Ma­rine reg­i­ments also fought for 20 days in n Bel­leau Wood that month. More than 8100 sol­diers died.

Trump is in Paris after ac­cept­ing an in­vi­ta­tion from French pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron to at­tend events com­mem­o­rat­ing the end of World War I.

IN­VITE Trump in Paris yes­ter­day

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