French army trolls Donald Trump with photo of them training in the rain
- Tweet appears to mock US president who cancelled visit to war graves due to weather
- Jibe came after social media users picked up Justin Trudeau’s rain-soaked appearance at the weekend
After Donald Trump failed to make it to the American war cemetery at Belleau in France at the weekend, the US president has been gently mocked by the official Twitter account of the French army.
Using the hashtag #MondayMotivation, they posted a picture of a soldier training, with the caption: “Il y a de la pluie, mais c’est pas grave”, meaning “It is raining, but it’s not serious”.
At the weekend, the French weather was given as the reason for Trump not visiting the cemetery.
— Armée de Terre (@armeedeterre) November 12, 2018
The president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said “near zero visibility” meant Trump could not visit via helicopter, and that he did not use a motorcade to travel for fear of disrupting traffic in Paris.
The jibe from the French military came after social media users picked up Justin Trudeau’s rain-soaked appearance at the weekend, seized on by many as a rebuke to Trump’s non-attendance.
Take two minutes out of your day to watch Trudeau both 1. Close an umbrella and 2. Deliver his speech in the rain. 2 things a certain someone (won’t say who but his name rhymes with ‘dump’) is apparently incapable of doing pic.twitter.com/sY7QUQKtF4
— Daksh (@dakshdatta) November 10, 2018
Dispensing with his umbrella mid-speech, the Canadian prime minister said: “As we sit here in the rain, thinking how uncomfortable we must be these minutes as our suits get wet, and our hair gets wet … it’s all the more fitting that we remember on that day in Dieppe the rain wasn’t rain, it was bullets.”
The US president was bombarded on social media with images of his predecessor Barack Obama paying respects on veterans on multiple occasions in the rain.
Hey @realDonaldTrump here’s a picture of President Obama in the rain supporting his American troops on Memorial Day. Sad to know you’re too much of a gerber baby to go outside to pay homage to our American hero’s. pic.twitter.com/309elqRiXw
— Zach Dendas (@Zdendas1) November 10, 2018
Trump, who has made paying respect to veterans a significant element in his complaints about black NFL athletes kneeling during the national anthem, has a history of recent difficulty with the rain.
A couple of weeks ago he was filmed dumping an umbrella outside Air Force One, after struggling to put it down so that he could get through the door of the plane.