Last November when President Trump traveled to France to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, located adjacent to Belleau Wood and about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Paris, was canceled. Trump was scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence while there.

Rain and poor visibility were blamed for the cancellation. Trump said at the time that his helicopter flight had to be scrubbed due to poor weather conditions. In consultation with the French government, the White House determined that a previously unplanned two-hour presidential motorcade would have been too disruptive to Paris and other French communities along the way.

Trump was skewered in the press and by his critics. The Associated Press reported at the time, "Ben Rhodes, who was deputy national security adviser for President Barack Obama, accused Trump of 'blowing off honoring American servicemen who died for us' and said the White House should have had a fallback option."


Breitbart says the criticism didn't end there. “It was an embarrassment, and he let down our veterans, he let down our country,” former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel grumbled to CNN after news outlets made the canceled trip the highlight of their coverage. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also criticized the president on CNN, stating “His failure to go because of the rain was an insult, not only to World War I veterans but to all veterans." Turns out Trump was telling the truth. Reporter Jason Leopold has obtained documents through the Freedom Of Information Act that show the Navy did, in fact, pull the plug on Trump's helicopter flight due to concerns about the weather.

Trump did deliver a keynote address at The American Cemetery the following day in the pouring rain.

Don't expect apologies to appear in the media or in op-eds by those who questioned Trump's priorities and patriotism last fall, because you won't see any. It really is too bad, isn't it?

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.