On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said that the Secret Service should be blamed for him canceling a trip in France after they nixed a visit to the cemetery in the rain because the motorcade would have shut down Paris.
“When the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving”, Trump tweeted.
While also complaining that people did not report on his Sunday tweet about the rain, the president added that “Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown.”
The US president presumably lashed out after the White House announced that it had canceled a trip to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial near Paris “due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather”, including rain and fog. The statement, however, did not mention anything about a possible motorcade.
According to Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council for President Barack Obama, Donald Trump’s second guessing of the Secret Service is “a lie”.
Vietor also tweeted that the Secret Service “advises on security but the president makes the final call. He chose to skip the memorial.”
However, the president pointed out in a later tweet that he gave a speech in the rain at another cemetery, Suresnes American Cemetery and memorial in Paris on Sunday.
“Speech next day at American Cemetery in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake news!