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David Frum
Some perspective on President Trump canceling his projected visit to the (spectacular, not-to-be-missed) Aisne-Marne memorial and cemetery:
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David Frum Nov 10
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It's not even 60 miles from central Paris to the monument. If the weather is too wet & windy for helicopters, a presidential motorcade could drive the distance in an hour.
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David Frum Nov 10
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On site, presidential advance could easily erect a tent to protect the dignitaries (and the the presidential hair-do) from inclement weather
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David Frum Nov 10
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Visiting the close-to-Paris monument is anyway already a climb-down from what any normally patriotic president would wish to do on the centenary of the 1918 Armistice: pay respects at the Meuse-Argonne cemetery, the large US military burying place in Europe.
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David Frum Nov 10
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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
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David Frum Nov 10
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Remember, there was no need for this trip at all. The president could have laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, then spoken a few appropriate words.
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David Frum Nov 10
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A truly appropriate ceremony would have united former combatants to speak of peace on the European continent - trickier project, since a considerable number of the ex-combatant states are now led by PMs it's probably best a US president not be photographed with
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David Frum Nov 10
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But bottom line: Trump willfully insisted on an unnecessary trip to France to mark the WW1 centenary -then once he got there shirked on grounds of weather the job of honoring those who fought and died in rain and mud 100 years ago
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David Frum Nov 10
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None of this is surprising. Doesn't make it any less dismaying. 53,000 US combat deaths. 63,000 dead of disease. 320,000 wounded. These troops fought victoriously alongside allies with whom the US still stands today. It's worth a few miles in a limo, a few words from under a tarp
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Donald Mackay Nov 10
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Doesn't look like the weather is too bad - at least not for a Canadian.
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m hatmaker Nov 10
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Mike Palmer Nov 10
Sigh. When our president was a real man.
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MapleLeif69 Nov 10
Memorial Day 2010 💙
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🌟BLUE DOGGIN 45 Nov 10
And I'll bet he didn't just drop that umbrella because he didn't know how to close it.
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Sick Bubblegum Nov 10
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Elle McBee Nov 10
Only thing that would make that gif better is if the umbrella had googley eyes.
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Persistent Peach 🆘🍑 Nov 10
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He wouldn’t cancel his rally after 11 people were murdered in Pittsburgh. But he cancels a ceremony honoring our veterans & the armistice because “bad weather”. If it’s not about him, if he’s not the focus, if it doesn’t feed his ego he doesn’t care. He has no honor.
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Diane Lees🆘🆘🆘 Nov 10
He Went There To Meet Putin Will The MSM Ever Get It Right We are owned by Putin. We are a corporate oligarchy.
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Retro Suzy Nov 10
Meeting with Putin is the only reason why trump is in Paris
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Carissa in NV 🌊 Nov 10
Indeed. Trump is there for his performance review.
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M Chandler Nov 10
And to find out what to do now that the blue wave took the House.
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