Saturday, November 10, 2018

Justin Trudeau Shades Trump For Skipping WWI US Cemetary Visit Due To Rain

Trudeau threw some non-too-subtle shade Trump's way as he spoke at Vimy Ridge, dropping his umbrella as the rain came down saying, "As we sit here in the rain, thinking how uncomfortable we must be these minutes as our suits get wet and our hair gets wet and our shoes get wet, I think it's all the more fitting that we remember on that day, in Dieppe, the rain wasn't rain, it was bullets."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking in the rain

Donald Trump flew to France to observe the 100th anniversary of the signing of the World War One armistice with other world leaders, but is getting backlash for his decision to skip a memorial service at a U.S. cemetery there due to rain.

According to sources, rain is something that's always planned for when it comes to presidential travel.

From Reuters:

Ben Rhodes, who served as deputy national security adviser for strategic communications under President Barack Obama, said the excuse about the inclement weather did not stand up.

“I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “There is always a rain option. Always.”

Despite the light rain, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a moving ceremony in Compiegne, northeast of Paris, to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the World War One armistice.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended his own ceremony to pay tribute to Canadian troops killed at Vimy Ridge, on the battlefields of northeastern France.



Trudeau threw some none-too-subtle shade Trump's way as he spoke at Vimy Ridge, dropping his umbrella as the rain came down saying, "As we sit here in the rain, thinking how uncomfortable we must be these minutes as our suits get wet and our hair gets wet and our shoes get wet, I think it's all the more fitting that we remember on that day, in Dieppe, the rain wasn't rain, it was bullets."







Nicholas Soames, a British member of parliament who is a grandson of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, tweeted,“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 #hesnotfittorepresenthisgreatcountry.“



Veterans group VoteVets also found the rain excuse less than compelling tweeting, "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."



And former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns wrote, "Did the President really not visit the American military cemetery today in France? It is his duty to honor our soldiers who fought in 1917-18. Astonishing."









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