President Donald Trump said on Tuesday why he did not make it to a ceremony on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of World War I in Paris after being mocked for his absence.
Trump flew to Paris on the weekend to attend a series of ceremonies celebrating the end of the war and the post-World War II peace that Europe enjoyed, but he missed an important event due to rain.
The White House said Trump's trip to the Memorial had been canceled "because of scheduling and logistical issues due to the weather," resulting in visibility issues that prevented Trump from taking his helicopter.
The White House later said it was not intended to send the President's car candidate, as it would have disrupted Parisian traffic.
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Tuesday morning, after mocking France, because it was not until Fought to the last man in World War II when it came under the Nazi occupation, Trump tweeted his side of the story.
"[W] When the helicopter could not fly to the first cemetery in France due to almost zero visibility, I suggested driving .. The Secret Service said NO, too far from the airport and causing a major stoppage in Paris The next day in the American cemetery in pouring rain! Little reports-Fake News! "Trump has tweeted.
On Twitter, former Presidential staffers expressed doubts that Trump would not be able to attend the memorial, which was a key reason for his trip to Paris. Ben Rhodes, a senior employee of President Barack Obama, said there was "always" a backup plan for bad weather on presidential trips.
It's not clear if Trump's White House is planning as well as Obama's outings.
In Aisne-Marne there are almost 2,300 troopers who fought in the surrounding areas in the summer of 1918.
The French army seemed to mock Twitter on Trump on Twitter on Twitter, tweeting an English-language hashtag bothering them.
But Trump made a speech in the rain at the American commemoration ceremony at Suresnes Cemetery, where he commented on the rain and pointed it out to people in front of the stage who said they were "smart" because they wanted to avoid the weather.