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Trump takes heat over scrapped trip to cemetery in France
Fox News ^ | 11/10/18 | Elizabeth Zwirz

Posted on 11/10/2018 8:19:06 PM PST by Simon Green

The White House and President Trump took some heat on Saturday after it was announced that he would not make a previously scheduled visit to a cemetery in France for Americans killed in World War I due to inclement weather.

Trump arrived in France on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, along with first lady Melania Trump. They'd planned to visit Ainse-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France. The president was expected to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence.

The first couple was supposed to travel to the site via helicopter, according to The Hill. But the White House released a statement, saying the visit had been called off.

“The President and First Lady’s trip to Ainse-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial has been canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” the statement said. “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 decision drew negative reactions from two officials who served in previous administrations.

David Frum, a speechwriter for former President George W. Bush, took to Twitter to slam the move, insisting that other transportation accommodations could’ve been made in case of poor weather.

“It's not even 60 miles from central Paris to the monument. If the weather is too wet & windy for helicopters, a presidential motorcade could drive the distance in an hour,” Frum tweeted. “On site, presidential advance could easily erect a tent to protect the dignitaries (and the the presidential hair-do) from inclement weather.”

A later tweet said, “Two words: contingency plans. Previous White Houses made them.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 100thanniversary; 1moretime; ainsemarnecemetery; davidfrum; donaldtrump; france; frum; joedunford; johnkelly; melaniatrump; rain; trump; whitehouse; worldwar1; worldwari
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To: upchuck

I’m glad to hear he’s got security that REALLY is interested in HIS security.


21 posted on 11/10/2018 8:47:15 PM PST by goodnesswins (White Privilege EQUALS Self Control & working 50-80 hrs/wk for 40 years!)
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To: Simon Green

The cloud ceilings were too low most all day for safe visual flight with a VIP on board. Here is a history of today’s weather at De Gaulle International.

https://www.checkwx.com/weather/LFPG/history?fbclid=IwAR3v7wbPhW6w8GvhxVUUN4D4GL6IzPukNMcsEyakxxo4o6Ld8lnWP3476fM


22 posted on 11/10/2018 8:49:13 PM PST by Chad
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To: notaliberal

They never stop freakin bitching

“What hasn’t Trump taken heat over?”

The press cares about this? The only people who do care are the same people who also don’t want Trump flying around in a helicopter (unless it’s marine one), endangering the only leader we’ve had in, what?, forty, sixty years?


23 posted on 11/10/2018 8:50:09 PM PST by stanne
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To: Salvavida

“I wonder how much it would cost to bring EVERY one of them home and bury them on our soil. “


Why?

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24 posted on 11/10/2018 8:52:03 PM PST by Mears
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To: stanne

The plane was grounded....news is not mentioning this.


25 posted on 11/10/2018 8:52:50 PM PST by caww
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To: Mears

That’s been brought up twice in the past, first when De Gaulle wanted all American forces out of France in the early 60s, and more recently in relation to the Iraq War. Didn’t go over well with the French government or citizens either time.


26 posted on 11/10/2018 8:57:35 PM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy...and call it progress")
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To: Chad

That was made clear right away.....but of course the press is going to make issue...I’m also going to add that the list of dignitaries from around the world represented there doesn’t exactly make me comfortable.


27 posted on 11/10/2018 8:58:17 PM PST by caww
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To: Pinkbell

Macron, Merkel, and Trudeau , The New Three Stooges.


28 posted on 11/10/2018 8:59:05 PM PST by csvset (illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: Mears

Because France is unworthy of keeping our dead. And I found the answer: about $400 million.


29 posted on 11/10/2018 9:02:32 PM PST by Salvavida
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To: Simon Green

Nattering nabobs of negativity.


30 posted on 11/10/2018 9:03:01 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Democracy dies when Democrats refuse to accept the result of a democratic election they didn't win.)
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To: Mears

The thought of our soldiers and sailors brought home and buried on their home soil is something to ponder but so many are spread throughout the world and buried at sea. It is probably best to realize our far reaching efforts at freedom for ourselves and others. Then get pissed off when anyone foreign or domestic try to stop us. We take an oath when we join. We leave the direct service to the USA. We never unswear the oath. IMO


31 posted on 11/10/2018 9:07:09 PM PST by Equine1952 (Get yourself a ticket on a common mans train of thought.)
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To: Pinkbell

Terrorists with Libyan-made MANPADS don’t give a hoot about those three dorks. If the US Secret Service says it ain’t secure, it ain’t secure.


32 posted on 11/10/2018 9:13:41 PM PST by rfp1234 (I have already previewed this composition.)
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To: Salvavida

As long as the graves are treated with respect,and maintained well it shouldn’t matter.

They are buried with the men with whom they fought,all together.

We still have Brits buried here since the Revolution.

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33 posted on 11/10/2018 9:13:47 PM PST by Mears
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To: Simon Green

Look, it would be great if he could make the visit on the 100th anniversary. But France is not the USA. A 60 minute drive would draw millions of dollars and hundreds if not a thousand or more people assigned to security alone. There are only so many routes, meaning, anyone with hate in their heart could figure out which roads the motorcade will travel - both directions.

And it would be a last minute change, calling up all the security and police forces at the last minute to secure the route is another logistical problem.

Bottom line is, you don’t want POTUS to spend 2 hours in a car, in a foreign country, on roads that everyone can set up on. Not just terrorists, but protesters and onlookers too. France is famous for its strikes - they shut down highways all the time.

Sorry Frum, you are bloviating and not thinking through the logistics and security concerns of a last minute change to drive POTUS for 2 hours through a foreign country.


34 posted on 11/10/2018 9:14:41 PM PST by monkeyshine
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To: SpaceBar

What hasn’t Trump taken heat over?
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Yep.


35 posted on 11/10/2018 9:14:46 PM PST by frnewsjunkie
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To: Simon Green

Oh who cares. WWI was the stupid Eurotrash’s dumpster fire. Thank God we didn’t get dragged in until the end, and we STILL lost 116k men for that pointless war.


36 posted on 11/10/2018 9:15:41 PM PST by montag813
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
(((Trump)))
Let that be clear.....
37 posted on 11/10/2018 9:15:47 PM PST by IWontSubmit (2)
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To: IWontSubmit

(((Frum)))


38 posted on 11/10/2018 9:17:11 PM PST by IWontSubmit (2)
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To: Simon Green

Does Frum have any credibility that makes him worth any attention at all? No, he doesn’t.

I’m glad he didn’t go. Lately, Trump has looked very tired to me. I don’t think any fatigue he may have affected his decision, but if he gets some well-earned rest as a result, that’s a good thing.


39 posted on 11/10/2018 9:20:59 PM PST by be-baw (still seeking...)
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To: Simon Green

A speechwriter is an ‘official?’ Who knew?


40 posted on 11/10/2018 9:22:43 PM PST by gogeo (The Repubs may not always deserve to win, but the RATs always deserve to lose.)
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