Trump faces criticism over canceled cemetery vist in France

11 November, 2018, 15:34 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the United States subsidises greatly!" he added.

The U.S. leader has said he will also not hold a bilateral meeting with Putin in Paris.

However, Trump canceled his visit because of bad weather and immediately came in for criticism.

French President Emmanuel Macron and other heads of governments, including U.S. President Donald Trump, appeared at the moment combat stopped on November 11, 1918.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - precisely 100 years after fighting halted in the first world war - leaders from 70 nations gathered at the Arc de Triomphe to remember the millions who died in the conflict.

As President Trump was arriving at the unity ceremony in Paris on Sunday, a topless woman bearing the messages "fake" and "peace" on her chest threw herself at the president's motorcade as it pulled up to the Arc de Triomphe in protest.

Traveling from across the world to monuments honoring soldiers who fell 100 years ago, victors and vanquished alike marked those sacrifices Saturday ahead of Armistice Day and assessed alliances that have been redrawn dramatically since the dark days of World War I.

On Monday, he will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump is now in Paris to participate in events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. "I want to help people around the world, but we have to take care of our country, or we won't have a country". He said it's "unfair to have the European security today being assured just by the United States", but did not respond to a question about why he felt France needed protection from the U.S.

The Elysee said the misunderstanding, which it said had been caused by "exaggerated" United States press reports, was cleared up during more than an hour of talks it described as "substantial" and "very constructive".

A scheduled visit for Trump and first lady Melania to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where USA soldiers are buried some 50 miles outside of Paris, was canceled because of the rain. "Right now the burden sharing has been largely on the United States". Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have taken a more independent line to reduce security and trade dependence on the US.

A White House statement said the president's visit was canceled because of scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather.

The cancellation drew derision from some critics, with several suggesting he was afraid of messing up his hair and others noting that the rain had not stopped French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel or Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from visiting memorials.

Along the way, Macron has warned of the rising threat to Europe posed by a resurgence of nationalism. During that trip, Trump was so enamored with a French military parade he witnessed that he made a decision to put on his parade in the U.S. Of course, the parade was later shelved.

Trump later Sunday will be paying a visit to the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in the suburbs of Paris, where he will deliver Veterans Day remarks before returning to Washington.

'An American delegation led by Chief of Staff General John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford will attend on their behalf'.

The dust-up over European security, which threatened to divert attention from the weekend's sombre remembrance ceremonies, was just the latest example of fallout from Mr Trump's brand of Twitter-assisted diplomacy.



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