The French almost certainly trolled President Donald Trump just days after he canceled a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to commemorate U.S. soldiers who perished in World War I. Trump’s team claimed that inclement weather scuttled the president’s plans.
“There is rain, but it does not matter,” the French army wrote on Twitter. “We remain motivated.” Accompanying the post: A photo of a rain-soaked recruit crawling through an obstacle course.
The French army’s slight dig at the U.S. president quickly took social media by storm.
French army making fun of Trump. Making America laughable again. https://t.co/NwRmHd6J5d
— Thomas E. Ricks (@tomricks1) November 12, 2018
The French Army trolls Trump’s aversion to rain… 👇👇👇 https://t.co/v3hOSEDbRt
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) November 12, 2018
OMG. This is an epic level of trolling from the French Army. My rough (very basic level of French) translation: "There is rain, but no matter. We stay motivated" 👏🏽👏🏽
— Trustee Arti Walker-Peddakotla 🌺 (@ajpeddakotla) November 12, 2018
— Catherine Reed (@CaReedArtist) November 12, 2018
— George Shiber (@GeorgeShiber) November 12, 2018
The White House canceled Trump’s visit after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders determined that weather conditions provided “near-zero visibility,” complicating matters for the president, who would have arrived aboard the presidential helicopter Marine One.
“President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people,” Sanders said.
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) November 12, 2018
Trump was further criticized for not joining other world leaders who arrived by car.
On the Marine Corps’ birthday, Trump chose to cancel a scheduled visit to a US cemetery in France around 100th anniversary of end of World War I to honor the brave & fallen who gave their lives for this country, because it was raining. Trump is not a patriot & dishonors us all. pic.twitter.com/Ho4IljlyL8
— Ron Waxman 🏳️🌈 (@RonWaxman) November 10, 2018
As disgraceful as it was yesterday for Trump to cancel his visit to a cemetery to commemorate the loss of U.S. soldiers in World War I, it's also disgraceful that he's surrounded himself with such piss-poor people that no one had the balls to tell him, "Sir, you must go." #AMJoy
— LaurenBaratzLogsted (@LaurenBaratzL) November 11, 2018
“The cemetery is 50 miles northeast of Paris, and it was not clear why alternative routes — commonly planned for high-profile events — were not used in this case,” The Washington Post‘s Alex Horton noted.
As Ben Rhodes, who served as former President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, observed: “There is always a rain option. Always.”
I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years. There is always a rain option. Always. https://t.co/exZNlONQOp
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 10, 2018