When President Donald J. Trump was unable to attend a WWI memorial even in France in November due to weather, he was widely ridiculed by detractors, many of whom suggested he was lying. But new documents obtained by BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request proves that the detractors were wrong – again.
“Wx will not support today’s flight,” said one of the documents obtained from the U.S. Navy, which is responsible for coordinating Trump’s travel on Marine One, the presidential helicopter.
“Wx” stands for weather.
Trump noted at the time that weather wouldn’t permit his visit.
“By the way, when the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving. Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown. Speech next day at American Cemetery in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake News!” Trump said on Twitter at the time.
By the way, when the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving. Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown. Speech next day at American Cemetery in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
Still, many armchair critics didn’t believe Trump.
“I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor. “There was always a rain option. Always.”
“Two words: contingency plans. Previous White Houses made them,” said formerly-relevant GOP establishment commentator David Frum.
“Remember when Trump chose not to go to a Military ceremony because of rain in Paris,” said David Weissman, who was pumping up 2020 presidential candidate – polling at 0 percent – and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for giving her announcement speech in the snow.
Trump was also ridiculed in the leftist media. The Washington Post, for example, said the following:
It was not completely clear why the Trumps were unable to attend. The cemetery is 50 miles from Paris. Perhaps the president was planning to travel on Marine One, which is occasionally grounded by the military.
But the sight of dignitaries arriving at other sites outside Paris, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, led some foreign policy analysts to speculate the U.S. commander in chief just wasn’t up for it.
The Atlantic, Frum’s new employer, attacked Trump too.
Once again, media types and political figures attacked Trump for something petty, and once again, they were proven wrong.
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