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Traveling by vehicle would have been the only option after weather grounded the president's helicopter.

The US President was scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, located about 85 kilometers (50 miles) east of Paris, with his wife Melania, Washington Post reported.

President Trump is spending Monday at the White House and had no plans to visit Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia as America observes the Veterans Day holiday.

A handful of senior administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, went in the president's place.

During World War I American troops were involved in a crucial battle at the nearby Belleau Wood where they suffered almost 10,000 casualties.

In a story November 10 about President Donald Trump cancelling a planned visit to a cemetery for Americans killed in World War I, The Associated Press reported that the Secret Service determines when it's safe to fly Marine One, the president's helicopter.

US President Donald Trump is joining other world leaders at centennial commemorations in Paris this weekend to mark the end of World War I.

"These soldiers fought tirelessly through brutal conditions, so of course Trump canceled his trip to the cemetery due to rain", Colbert said sarcastically.

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Trump made a number of blunders in Paris, including canceling a visit to an American military cemetery near Paris because it was raining.

Trump also chose not to walk side-by-side with other world leaders at another event Sunday, choosing instead to take his motorcade down an empty Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomph, rather than showing unity with the other heads of state.

One replied: "Trump will stand in the rain for some golf".

Also not among them: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also arrived solo.

"It was very handsome, so well done", was Trump's verdict on the ceremony, at which his host, French President Emmanuel Macron, delivered a stinging indictment of nationalism.

Mr Macron defended his viewpoint, saying he shares Mr Trump's insistence that there be more burden sharing.

On Saturday, he skipped a scheduled tour of a military cemetery for Americans, while other world leaders publicly paid homage to those who died on the battlefield.


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