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Trump cancels US cemetery visit amid diplomatic embarrassment

Trump cancels US cemetery visit amid diplomatic embarrassment

After Donald Trump has cancelled his cemetery visit to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, he was harshly criticized. As Guardian reported, the US leader was beset by potential diplomatic embarrassment.

President Trump met his French counterpart in Paris on Saturday but later he disappointed everyone when his visit to a site of immense importance to the US military, was cancelled because it was raining. Donald Trump was the only leader who preferred not to go to the cemetery because of bad weather.

The White House’s excuse that the trip was called off because of rain was met with a social media backlash especially after a very public spat with Emmanuel Macron seemed to have soured Mr Trump’s mood. Amon those who criticized Trump’s choice was the grandson of Winston Churchill and Nicolas Burns, an American diplomat who served both Republican and Democratic presidents, called that choice “astonishing”.

The diplomatic embarrassment between the US and France is continuing. While the first couple of America’s no-show on Saturday afternoon followed a row with Mr Macron over France’s contribution to NATO. Emmanuel Macron aid the EU needed a joint army now the US was pulling out of a disarmament treaty with Russia.

‘We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,’ he said. A furious Mr Trump tweeted in response: ‘Very insulting.’