Nicholas Soames was once a member of the British Parliament, and he’s the grandson of Winston Churchill. He’s also very angry at President Trump, and he made those feelings known in a Twitter post this Saturday morning.
Early this Saturday, Trump canceled a scheduled visit to a WWI commemoration due to the rain. The move sparked backlash across social media, with people slamming Trump for not braving the rain to take part in the ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery outside of Paris.
Among Trump’s critics was former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes, who said that rain is a scheduling hiccup that’s easily dealt with.
“I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years,” Rhodes tweeted. “There is always a rain option. Always.”
Conservative commentator and author David Frum jumped into the fray, saying that Trump squandered he moment so he could stay in his hotel and watch Fox News.
“It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary – and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow,” Frum tweeted.
But in an especially viral tweet, Soames didn’t mince words when it came to what he thinks about Trump’s integrity.
“They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen,” he tweeted.
— Nicholas Soames (@NSoames) November 10, 2018
Trump was scheduled to attend the ceremony this Saturday morning, which commemorated U.S. marines who fought in WWI. According to the White House, Trump was unable to attend because the inclement weather made it impossible to arrange transport.
“[Trump’s attendance] has been canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” the White House said in a statement according to NBC News. A delegation lead by Chief of Staff John Kelly went instead.
From NBC News:
Despite the light rain, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a moving ceremony in Compiegne, northeast of Paris, to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the World War One armistice.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended his own ceremony to pay tribute to Canadian troops killed at Vimy Ridge, on the battlefields of northeastern France.
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