On Saturday, as leaders from across the globe met in France to honor American soldiers who died during the first World War, Trump-upon hearing that there would be a light rain-cancelled his appearance.
The White House cited weather conditions that grounded the President's helicopter for the cancellation.
Saturday was the Marine Corps' 243rd birthday, and the men - both Marines - walked the cemetery on the edge of Belleau Wood, which quickly became central to Marine lore after the 1918 battle.
Instead, Mr Trump spent much of Saturday at the U.S. ambassador's residence following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Attending in Mr 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.
"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", The Atlantic's David Frum said, according to the Washington Post.
Trump was compared unfavourably by some to his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.
His visit to the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in suburban Paris ended a diplomatically hard visit to France, during which Trump endured barbed criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders.
"You look so comfortable up there, under shelter", he said. You make us very proud.
Winston Churchill's grandson last night blasted Donald Trump for cancelling the trip.
He will also join around 70 other world leaders for a solemn ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Twitter user @jimmyjazz1968 tweeted this image, comparing Trump to a character from Lewis Caroll's Through the Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There.
French President Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the journey to the site by auto.
And in April, Macron gave the White House an oak sapling from Belleau Wood, where, he said, "the blood [of Americans] was spilled to defend France".