President Trump tweeted Tuesday with explanation why he had to cancel his visit to a cemetery of American soldiers in French capital Paris.
He defended saying that his aides suggested flying Marine One helicopter will be problematic in the rainy weather.
French president Emmanuel Macron hosted the event of 100th anniversary of the end of World War I to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery where Battle of Belleau Wood was fought.
Trump was widely criticized for making excuse and not visiting the cemetery as those who fought faced far worse than rain. It was also questioned why the president didn’t go by road as despite the rain other leaders in Paris managed to attend the event.
Trump tweeted, “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.”
On the next day the president visited Suresnes American Cemetery located outside Paris and spoke amid rains. He complained to have been completely drenched.
Meanwhile, November 13 is the third anniversary of devastating terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and injured 600 others.
Before becoming president Trump said the 2015 attack on Paris would have turned differently if the country had looser gun regulations.
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