Instead, Trump spent much of Saturday at the US ambassador's residence following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump said he was honored to be a part of the "very beautiful" ceremony in Paris that commemorated the end of World War I.
The visit was planned for the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France - where USA war dead were being honored - because of rain.
His comments followed a scathing rebuke from Sir Nicholas Soames, a grandson of the wartime British leader Sir Winston Churchill.
Attending in Trump's place were the White House chief of staff, retired Marine General John Kelly; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joe Dunford; and several members of the White House staff.
"I was standing under the wing of Air Force One doing a news conference earlier this morning, a very unfortunate news conference, and the wind was blowing and the rain and I was soaking wet and that's what I ended up with today", he told the group, adding that he should have canceled the appearance because of a "bad hair day". 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 gives it grace. Another tweeted had an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin attending a ceremony in a downpour.
Trump drew a wave of criticism yesterday for canceling his visit to the Belleau Wood cemetery and battlefield, as rainy weather across France prevented the planned helicopter trip to mark one of the deadliest battle sites of the war.
She was one of many protesters who criticized Trump's attendance of an event about peace.
Critics observed how Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had travelled 118 miles outside Paris to attend a ceremony - in the rain - at a cemetery in Vimy. They rallied under a banner that said "Trump War" and slammed policies such as U.S. help for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
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