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Churchill’s Grandson Rips Trump For Skipping Veteran’s Cemetery Visit Because Of Rain Showers

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Churchill’s Grandson Rips Trump For Skipping Veteran’s Cemetery Visit Because Of Rain Showers





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.”

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.



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.”

“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.”

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.”

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.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also participated in armistice events outside the city today.





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.”



Many on Twitter shared photos of former President Obama delivering speeches in the pouring rain:





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