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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand side-by-side during a French-German ceremony in the clearing of Rethondes (the Glade of the Armistice) in Compiegne, northern France, on November 10, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump didn’t have the stamina, the will, the dignity or the class to attend a World War I memorial ceremony in France with world leaders over the weekend. Citing “rain” as an excuse, Donald Trump opted not to attend numerous, high visibility events. Of course, other world leaders did attend the solemn memorial and as you can see, and there didn’t appear to be any rain in sight as they honored the fallen soldiers of World War I.

The criticism was worldwide and back in the United States, he must be feeling the heat because days after returning, he has finally offered a new excuse.

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Trump’s now deleted tweet—yet another embarrassment 

[Update: He had to delete that tweet and send a new one because he misspelled the word “cemetery.”]

(FromL) Morocco's Prince Moulay Hassan, Moroccan King Mohammed VI, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018 to attend a ceremony as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

By the way! By the way! By the way! Strange the rest of the world’s leaders were able to make the trip. And the media didn’t offer the rain excuse, the Trump administration said that was the reason for his absence.

Once they were back in Paris, world leaders gathered to march shoulder-to-shoulder in the rain to the Arc de Triomphe for another ceremony, but Trump couldn’t be bothered, hanging back in his guest room at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence.

In truth, French President Emmanuel Macron took aim at Donald Trump’s recent message of (white) nationalism in a speech to world leaders, with Donald Trump sitting right in front of him. Macron said, “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying our interests first, who cares about the others, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values.”

US President Donald Trump (L) speaks with French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump, weakest president in modern history

It’s not at all inconceivable that Donald Trump skipped the ceremony because his ego was so bruised by the public rebuke. Because Donald Trump is a weak, weak man and an even weaker president. He is quite simply outmatched and outclassed any time he interacts with actual world leaders. And they all know it.

Back in the United States, Donald Trump decided NOT to drive across the bridge from Washington, D.C., to Arlington National Cemetery to honor America’s fallen servicemen and women on Veteran’s Day. He didn’t lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier as every American president before him has done. Can you imagine? What sitting president doesn’t attend any events on Veterans Day? Arlington National Cemetery is a mere six miles from the White House.

But, the French were there. And they did some magnifique trolling on Twitter.

It has taken Donald Trump only two years to alienate our most favored allies. We can all laugh at his missteps. We can be angry at his phony patriotism. But, in truth, we should all be worried about the danger his ego and incompetence put us in every single day. We have to fire him in 2020 and restore America’s dignity and relationships around the world. It’s just that simple.

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  1. Sorry, we can’t wait until 2020. Imagine the damage he can do, even with a Dem house and 1000 lawsuits. No telling what this rat will do once trapped in the corner. He cares about nothing but his survival, and would have no compunction about getting us into a war as revenge. He is that sick. With Pence’s corrupt business . history, maybe we get down to Speaker as interim president until 2020. We need more revelations about the business corruption involving Pence and his brother. Then there’s this little issue of “conversion therapy”. What a perversion of human nature – Trump/Pence. Makes you throw up in your mouth.

    • Speaker Paul Ryan is not much better, he’ll be leaving not soon enough, after pulling down that atrocious Tax Bill (Corporate and top 1% Welfare), putting our country’s debt over the top. Their coup runneth over.

    • What’s the difference between a golden toilet, a golden shower, and a golden parachute?

      You don’t have to be Donald tRump to enjoy a golden shower!

  2. tRump has consistently managed to turn every opportunity for greatness down. Not just down, but face down! No other explanation but Loser with a capital “L”!


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