After President Donald Trump’s planned trip to Aisne Marne American Cemetery, an event to honor American casualties from World War I, was canceled, it set off a firestorm of liberals pouncing and seizing on the decision.
According to them, Trump did not want to deal with some light rain:
Reagan was shot in an attempted assassination and returned to work in 2 wks— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) November 11, 2018
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 85, broke multiple ribs and returned to work in 2 days
Clinton attended the 9/11 memorial with the flu
Trump can't even attend a memorial for dead soldiers because of rain.
Imagine how Right Wing media & GOP leaders would react if Obama cancelled visit to cemetery to honor fallen due to a little rain, while other world leaders did attend, on Veterans’ Day Weekend, no less. Then, listen to the sound of hypocritical silence as Trump did just that. SMH https://t.co/I6DPZt1Pxd— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 11, 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
Hillary Clinton attended a memorial to 9/11 victims when she had pneumonia. And Fox laughed about it.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) November 11, 2018
Meanwhile, Trump cancels attending an event to honor our soldiers who died overseas because it's raining. Laughter, @Foxnews? After all, snowflakes melt when they get wet.
“It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary — and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow,” The Atlantic’s David Frum said, according to the Washington Post.
In response to the criticism, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained on Sunday the cancellation was based off safety and logistical challenges.
“Yesterday, because of near-zero visibility, Marine One was unable to fly, as planned,” Sanders said in a statement. “A car ride of two and a half hours, each way, would have required closures to substantial portions of Paris roadways for the President’s’ motorcade, on short notice.”
Sanders said because Trump did not “want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption,” it was best to not go.
“He was honored to be able to attend today’s event at the Suresnes American Cemetery and was deeply moved by the sacrifices of so many for the cause of freedom,” she added.
The statement is consistent to what White House reporters found:
Weather canceled the trip. The presidential helicopter can’t fly in poor conditions. And Belleau Wood is about 55 miles from downtown Paris; driving there would have been logistically challenging for the large presidential motorcade. https://t.co/gNsDVzm3QG— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 10, 2018
Fact: White House has lost so much credibility that some don’t believe info it shares.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 10, 2018
Reporters can check with Secret Service sources on security reasons one of Trump’s 2 visits to U.S. graves was canceled, but world will still go nuts calling it international embarrassment.
While Trump was not in attendance for the visit, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford went to the American cemetery.
#GenDunford visited #AisneMarne cemetery today to honor the fallen of #BelleauWood on the #MarineCorpsBirthday ahead of tomorrow’s #WWI100 centennial.— The Joint Staff (@thejointstaff) November 10, 2018
We honor the courage and sacrifice of those Americans who came to Europe to fight for peace, stability and order. #1GM pic.twitter.com/wPP0JfDfua
The visit for the both of them, who had worked together when Kelly was in uniform, was significant because Saturday also marked the 243rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps.