The White House and President Trump took some heat on Saturday after it became known that they would not make a previously planned visit to a cemetery in France for Americans killed in World War I due to bad weather.
Trump arrived in France on Friday for the centenary of the First World War, along with First Lady Melania Trump. They had planned to visit the American cemetery of Ainse-Marne in Belleau, France. The president was expected to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence.
According to The Hill, the first couple were to travel by helicopter to the construction site. However, the White House issued a statement stating that the visit had been canceled.
"The President and First Lady's trip to the American Cemetery and Memorial at Ainse-Marne was canceled due to weather and scheduling problems," the statement said. "An American delegation led by Chief of Staff John Kelly and Chief of Staff Joe Dunford will take part in their behalf."
The decision was downgraded by two officials who had served in previous administrations.
David Frum, a speechwriter for former President George W. Bush, accepted Twitter to make the decision and insisted that other means of transportation could be created in bad weather.
"From the center of Paris to the monument, it is less than 60 kilometers. If the weather for helicopters is too wet and too windy, a presidential motorcade could cover the distance in an hour, "said Frum twittered, "On the ground, the president's move could easily pitch a tent to protect the dignitaries (and presidential hairstyle) from bad weather."
A later one tweet said: "Two words: emergency plans. Previous White Houses made them. "
He also criticized the president's canceled visit and called him "a descent from what any normally patriotic president would do."
"It is unbelievable that a President would travel to France for this important anniversary – and then watch TV in his hotel room instead of personally paying tribute to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory they won 100 years ago . " Frum twittered,
Ben Rhodes, who served as Deputy National Security Advisor in the Obama administration, also disapproved.
Commenting on a Frum tweet, Rhodes said, "I've spent eight years planning all of President Obama's trips. There is always a rain option. Always."
Rhodes also responded to a tweet by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. saying "This is what an actual leader does."
The Canadian leader shared pictures on twitter from his visit to Vimy Ridge, a battlefield in northern France.
A follow-up tweet from Rhodes said the change in plans is "a remarkable insult to veterans and allies who have lost 'so many millions of people that Trump flies all the way to Europe to sit in a hotel room."
Nicholas Soames – a member of parliament in the UK and the grandson of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill (The Hill) – he also tweeted criticism of the President.
"They died with their faces in front of the enemy, and this wretched, inadequate @realDonaldTrump could not even weather the weather to pay The Fallen its respect for the fallen land." tweet said.
The cemetery visit was to take place after Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron earlier in the day.
Fox News "Matt Leach, Adam Shaw, Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to the report.