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White House Confirms Trump Will Not Visit Arlington Cemetery On Veteran’s Day Because Of Rain

You wouldn’t think a little rain would keep President Donald Trump from his scheduled visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans’ Day, would you? Haha, just kidding, this is Trump we’re talking about, the same man who just skipped out on visiting the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, France to honor fallen American soldiers because of the rain. So him bailing on his visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia actually makes perfect sense.

On Monday, Josh Dawsey, the Washington Post‘s White House reporter, tweeted that at 10 a.m. the White House announced “a lid” on presidential movements. That means that Trump is not planning on leaving the White House at all today.

Keep in mind that rain is not enough of a deterrent to keep Trump from playing golf, something that didn’t escape the attention of people on Twitter.

And Trump skipping his trip to the cemetery in France didn’t exactly go over well.

Nicholas Soames, the grandson of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, had a few choice words for Trump on Twitter.

David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, tweeted that it was “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.”


And Ben Rhodes, who was deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama, made the point on Twitter that there are always contingency plans for rain.

In France, just because Trump and First Lady Melania didn’t go to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial didn’t mean that no one from the U.S. went. White House chief of staff John Kelly and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, traveled to the cemetery by car. (Trump had been scheduled to get there via helicopter.)

It’s almost as though Trump doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for the armed forces or something!

h/t Raw Story and Slate

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