Donald Trump has defended missing memorial ceremony because of the rain

The US flag flutters at half mast prior to a ceremony at the Aisne Marne American cemetery and memorial in Belleau

Trump spent the majority of Saturday at the USA ambassador's residence following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.

"They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate Donald Trump couldn't even defy the weather to pay his respects", Churchill's descendant Sir Nicholas Soames said.

The US President was scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, located about 85 kilometers (50 miles) east of Paris, with his wife Melania, Washington Post reported. However, bad weather grounded the president's helicopter and the official told Fox News there was no backup plan to travel by vehicle.

Trump made a number of blunders in Paris, including canceling a visit to an American military cemetery near Paris because it was raining.

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.

Attending the cemetery event in Trump's place were the White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joe Dunford; and several members of the White House staff.

His fractious relationship with Europe has driven a wedge between the United States and some of its oldest allies on issues including trade, defence spending and his seeming deference to their looming neighbour to the east, Russia's Vladimir Putin.

But Trump did give a speech in the rain at the American Commemoration Ceremony at Suresnes Cemetery, where he commented on the rain and pointed to people off stage under shelter and said they were "smart" for avoiding the weather. Trump wanted a 100 per cent secure plan that could ensure the termination of nuclear projects in Iran, CNN reported.

Trump said he suggested driving to circumvent low visibility conditions that stopped him from taking his presidential helicopter to the ceremony.

Similar concerns prevented Mr Trump from reaching the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea a year ago when foggy weather prevented his helicopter from landing. "He's only got one umbrella, and he couldn't figure out how to bring it on the plane", Colbert said as the now-infamous clip of President Trump leaving an open umbrella outside of Air Force One played.

Did the President really not visit the American military cemetery today in France?

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