Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

It’s heavy weather in Paris for Trump

It’s heavy weather in Paris for Trump

Over 60 heads of state and government gathered - silent, sombre and reflective - for a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the mute and powerful symbol of sacrifice to the millions who died from 1914-18.

Although the White House chalked up the differences in schedules to "security concerns", as CNN reported, the effect seemed to set Trump apart from his colleagues, but he's not alone in being alienated by Macron, who also took jab at the UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, and Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Trump later Sunday was to visit the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in the suburbs of Paris, where he will deliver Veterans Day remarks before returning to Washington.

In his address on Sunday, Macron said that "old demons are reawakening" and warned against ignoring the past.

He said that world leaders "are gathered together at this hallowed resting place to pay tribute to the fearless Americans" who gave their lives in that war.

Bruno Le Maire came out in support for French President Emmanuel Macron's call for a "real European army" but suggested Brussels should go one further and establish itself as an "empire".

They remained inside the auto until after visiting leaders and France's Emmanuel Macron lined up on stage.

Arriving last for the event, Putin made for his U.S. counterpart to shake his hand before giving him a thumbs-up sign, while smiling.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin at World War One commemorations on Sunday, their first meeting since the downing of a Russian plane during an Israeli air raid in Syria in September.

"We need a much better burden-sharing within Nato", Mr Macron said while patting Mr Trump's knee.

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To the sound of a military brass band, Macron inspected French troops standing at attention and a choir sang the national anthem. Putin, who was last to arrive at the ceremony, gave Trump a brief thumb's up as he greeted them.

Trudeau has had to navigate the mercurial American president, and talked pointedly about him on Sunday afternoon, but never mentioned Trump by name, as he is prone to do.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other White House personnel attended Saturday's ceremony. She had slogans, including the words "Fake" and "Peace", written on her chest.

En route to the event, French police tackled two topless protesters who were sprinting toward the president's vehicle, "The Beast", but it was unclear whether the president and first lady were able to see them.

Trump called off a a trip to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial on Saturday after a bad weather call grounded Marine One.

Trump spoke during a WWI centennial at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial where more than 1,500 US military servicemen are buried.

The Forum takes place in the midst of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which marked the end of World War I.

"Through rain, hail, snow, mud, poisonous gas, bullets and more, they held the line and pushed onward to victory", Trump said.

In Asia, Mr Trump's decision not to attend a pair of annual Asia summits this month - the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea, and East Asia meeting in Singapore - is set to heighten concerns over USA reliability among allies there.

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