British Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's grandson, ripped U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday for canceling a planned visit to a World War I commemoration event in France due to bad weather.
"The American and French patriots of World War I embody the timeless virtues of our two republics", Trump said during a ceremony at Suresnes American Cemetery near Paris.
The visit was planned for the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France - where US war dead were being honored - because of rain.
Looking toward his chief of staff, Trump said John Kelly, who served as a general in the Marine Corps, is familiar with the term Devil Dogs.
The decision prompted a rash of criticism on Twitter, with Sir Nicholas Soames, a British MP who is a grandson of former prime minister Winston Churchill, saying Mr Trump was dishonouring U.S. servicemen.
He said: 'They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate Donald Trump couldn't even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen'.
Last year, foggy weather caused similar security concerns which prevented Mr Trump from visiting the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea.
"I helped plan all of President Obama's trips for eight years,"he wrote on Twitter".
He and his wife Melania had been scheduled to fly to the site of a 1918 battle that US Marines led against German forces after talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
The president spent much of Saturday at the USA ambassador's residence following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump was scheduled to join dozens of world leaders on Sunday at a ceremony in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe marking Armistice Day.
Many also took to Twitter to point out that other prior presidents, including Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush all braved the rain to make appearances at Veterans events.
It was not clear what Trump chose to do instead of attending the cemetery.