Nov 13, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump defends cancellation of WWI cemetery visit

President Trump defended his decision to skip a Saturday trip to a World War I cemetery in France due to weather conditions in a Tuesday morning tweet, claiming that the Secret Service had turned down his suggestion to drive there.

"By the way, when the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving. Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown. Speech next day at American Cemetary in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake News!"

The big picture: Other world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all made Saturday trips to memorials and cemeteries despite the weather. And multiple media outlets, including Axios, covered Trump's speech on Sunday at Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, which was carried live on cable news networks.

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