- France’s army on Monday appeared to make fun of President Donald Trump for missing a memorial service over the weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I because of rain.
- The French army’s Twitter made a rare entry into an English-language hashtag, #MondayMotivation, to say its soldiers weren’t bothered by a little rain.
- Trump drew widespread criticism for missing the memorial service on Saturday in Paris, and many people said they doubted the White House’s official reasoning.
France’s army on Monday appeared to make fun of President Donald Trump for missing a memorial service over the weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a picture of soldiers training in the rain and some commentary on motivation.
Using the English-language hashtag #MondayMotivation in what’s normally a straight-laced, French-language Twitter feed, the French army said rain doesn’t bother its soldiers.
“There is rain, but it does not matter. We remain motivated,” a translation of the tweet reads.
— Armée de Terre (@armeedeterre) November 12, 2018
Trump drew widespread criticism for missing a trip on Saturday to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, where French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders participated in remembrance events.
The White House said Trump’s trip to the memorial was “canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” which it said caused visibility issues that would preclude Trump taking his helicopter to the site.
The White House later said it didn’t want to send the presidential motorcade because it would have disrupted Paris’ traffic.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech at the memorial included a reference to the rain: “As we sit here in the rain, thinking how uncomfortable we must be these minutes as our suits get wet, and our hair gets wet, and our shoes get wet, I think it’s all the more fitting we remember on that day in Dieppe, the rain wasn’t rain – it was bullets.”
On Twitter, former presidential staffers expressed disbelief that Trump couldn’t attend the memorial, which was a key reason for his trip to Paris. Ben Rhodes, a top staffer for President Barack Obama, said there was “always” a backup bad-weather plan on presidential trips.
Aisne-Marne contains nearly 2,300 graves of troops who fought in the surrounding areas in the summer of 1918.
On Monday, Paris was mostly cloudy with scattered showers.