Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, torched President Trump on Saturday for canceling a visit to a cemetery for fallen American soldiers in France due to rain.
“They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen,” Soames tweeted.
Soames, who is a member of Parliament for Mid Sussex, included a hashtag saying the American president is “not fit to represent his great country.”
— Nicholas Soames (@NSoames) November 10, 2018
Trump and first lady Melania Trump were scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in northern France to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, but had to cancel because of “scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” the White House said in a statement. Trump was scheduled to take a 30-minute helicopter ride from Paris to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, France. White House chief of staff John Kelly and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did attend the event.
Macron and Merkel held this beautiful commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I – while Trump canceled his visit to a US military cemetery outside Paris due to some rain pic.twitter.com/LWbdCQ3hU7
— Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) November 10, 2018
Former top Obama aide Ben Rhodes also slammed Trump for not visiting the cemetery, saying that under the previous White House there was “always a rain option. Always.”
I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years. There is always a rain option. Always. https://t.co/exZNlONQOp
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 10, 2018
“Weather in Paris admittedly lousy for my run this morning. But survivable,” wrote Ian Bremmer, a political scientist and president of the Eurasia Group. “Think President Trump could’ve made it to the cemetery to pay his respects today.”
Weather in Paris admittedly lousy for my run this morning. But survivable.
Think President Trump could’ve made it to the cemetery to pay his respects today. pic.twitter.com/pIrwIPZ6hs
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) November 10, 2018
Francois Heisbourg, a political analyst and former campaign adviser to Macron, posted a photograph on Twitter of someone bicycling in Paris and wrote: “Nothing a cyclist can’t handle, let alone a presidential helo.”
A view of the weather in Paris which is supposed to have deterred @realDonaldTrump from paying his respects to the brave American soldiers who gave their lives for freedom at the AisneMarne war cemetery this afternoon. Nothing a cyclist can't handle, let alone a presidential helo pic.twitter.com/60aYrKV58i
— François Heisbourg (@FHeisbourg) November 10, 2018
Kelly Magsamen, who served on the National Security Council under both Republican and Democratic presidents, said it displayed “real low energy,” for Trump “to not bother to honor the sacrifice of American soldiers in WWI due to some rain. Somehow everyone else was able to do so today.”
Real low energy, @realDonaldTrump to not bother to honor the sacrifice of American soldiers in WWI due to some rain. Somehow everyone else was able to do so today. Obama never had this problem. He also visited our troops in war zones.
— Kelly Magsamen (@kellymagsamen) November 10, 2018
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also participated in armistice events outside the city today.
Today, I joined our delegation of Canadian veterans at Vimy Ridge — to thank them for their service and to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our freedom.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 10, 2018
VoteVets, a political advocacy organization headed by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tweeted: “Donald Trump complained about having to stand in the rain, to speak about the massacre in Pittsburgh, because it messed his hair up (more). Today, he will skip honoring fallen American heroes of WWI, and stay in his hotel room, because of some rain.#VeteransDayWeekend.”
Donald Trump complained about having to stand in the rain, to speak about the massacre in Pittsburgh, because it messed his hair up (more).
Today, he will skip honoring fallen American heroes of WWI, and stay in his hotel room, because of some rain.#VeteransDayWeekend
— VoteVets (@votevets) November 10, 2018
Trump has never visited US service members fighting in Afghanistan, and now he won’t honor the fallen at a World War I cemetery because of a little rain. He is a weak, selfish, pathetic old man.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) November 10, 2018
Many on Twitter shared photos of former President Obama delivering speeches in the pouring rain:
Remember when Obama cleared his schedule because of rain? Me neither. pic.twitter.com/zb9ki2em2Q
— Shomeo (@SassBaller) November 10, 2018
Just going to leave this right here amidst today's news that Trump canceled a WWI memorial visit because of rain pic.twitter.com/k7jJMtTW2o
— Futa ba ふたバ (@recursivebisect) November 10, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump this is what a leader looks like. President Obama in 2010 laying a wreath in driving rain and lightning. I'm sure he knows how to close an umbrella too. #Trump #TrumpRussia pic.twitter.com/nFCwktqg1q
— Ty (@tkfc) November 10, 2018
Grow some balls @realDonaldTrump, it's just some rain.
Obama had it right. pic.twitter.com/gaDB4a4E1n
— Gary Howe (@RogueDefector) November 10, 2018