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Trump blames Secret Service for canceled cemetery trip in France

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 11/13/2018 By Terrence Dopp
a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: President Donald Trump joined other world leaders at a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris last weekend. © Francois Mori/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump joined other world leaders at a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris last weekend.

President Donald Trump said he suggested driving to a French cemetery for a World War I commemoration that he skipped over the weekend but he blamed the Secret Service for blocking that idea after his helicopter was unable to fly due to weather conditions.

Trump drew sharp criticism for canceling the trip on Saturday to a cemetery and battlefield near Belleau Wood, as rainy weather across France prevented the planned helicopter trip to mark one of the deadliest battle sites of the war. He spoke at a separate ceremony near Paris the following day.

U.S. Secret Service typically requires a good level of visibility to transport the president by helicopter, yet the president’s detractors and some in his own party seized on the cancellation to accuse Trump of lacking respect for fallen soldiers and the military.

The Secret Service could not immediately be reached for comment.

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