By Chris York
The President and First Lady were due to fly by helicopter to visit to the Ainse-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in France on Saturday as part of events marking 100 years since Armistice Day.
Also known as the Belleau Wood cemetery, the site is home to the graves of 2,289 American war dead and 1,060 names of the missing.
Most died in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in 1918. It was the largest US military offensive in history involving 1.2 million men. Over 26,000 were killed.
In a statement, the White House said: “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.
“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.”
Sky News’ Mark Stone called the decision “odd” as the weather appeared to be clearing up in Paris where Trump is currently staying.
On the face of it, it does seem odd that @realDonaldTrump has cancelled a trip to US war cemetery east of Paris ‘due to bad weather’. I’m no expert on flying presidential choppers 🚁 but the weather’s clearing up in Paris. To the east 70% chance of rain at cemetery this afternoon pic.twitter.com/J5DNYWFfNr
— Mark Stone (@Stone_SkyNews) November 10, 2018
Conditions are perfectly normal for this time of year.
Despite portraying himself as a solid supporter of US troops, Trump has yet to visit any serving on the frontline in stark contrast to his predecessors.
Presidents Obama and Bush both made trips to combat zones swiftly within their first terms but Trump has yet to do so despite being in office for nearly two years.
On Sunday, after a solemn commemoration at the Arc de Triomphe to honour the armistice centenary, Trump is scheduled to visit an American cemetery at Suresnes, on the western outskirts of the capital, where he will make formal remarks, Reuters reports.
His trip comes just days after congressional elections delivered results that will complicate his next two years.
While Republicans slightly expanded their majority in the US Senate, they lost control of the US House of Representatives to Democrats who may use their newfound power to launch investigations into Trump and stymie his agenda.