President Donald Trump said he suggested driving to a French cemetery for a World War I commemoration that he skipped over the weekend but he blamed the Secret Service for blocking that idea after his helicopter was unable to fly due to weather conditions.
Trump was due to attend a remembrance service at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, located about 60 miles northeast of Paris - but he didn't go due to "logistical difficulties caused by the weather".
Having just returned from Paris to mark the end of World War I with other world leaders, President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at USA allies, insisting they pay the United States more for military protection and complaining anew about trade deficits.
The French army posted a photo of a soldier training in the mud and rain appearing to mock US President Donald Trump for cancelling his trip to a World War One ceremony.
On Sunday, November 11, as many as 70 world leaders - including Trump - gathered at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in the center of Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in World War I, officially brought to an end by the Treaty of Versailles on November 11, 1919.
The Battle of Belleau Wood was a critical conflict in the war and a pivotal encounter in Marine Corps history.
The White House claimed Trump canceled the visit because the Marine One helicopter can not fly in rain, but at another ceremony on Sunday, the president made a comment about how a World War II veteran was being kept dry under shelter as he stood in the rain giving a speech.
Vice President Mike Pence did not attend Sunday's Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, where Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie represented the administration.
Nicholas Soames, a Conservative MP and grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, called Trump "pathetic" and "inadequate", saying he "couldn't even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen".
Trump made a number of blunders in Paris, including canceling a visit to an American military cemetery near Paris because it was raining.
In his speech, Macron differentiated "patriotism" and "nationalism", calling the latter "a betrayal of" the former.
Later, he made the case that Europe needs to build up its own military because it can no longer depend on the USA for defence.
Trump returned to the USA on Sunday.
The president had plenty of controversial moments in the headlines this weekend, and Colbert got to nearly all of them in the course of his show.