Biden will visit the American cemetery that Trump missed in France

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. president Joe Biden and Jill Biden will end their trip to France with a visit to an American cemetery in France that Donald Trump refused to visit last year, resulting in widespread criticism.

The Bidens are visiting Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, located in Belleau (about 85 km or 50 miles east of Paris), to pay their respects to U.S. Marines and soldiers who died during World War One.

Biden, a Democrat is running for reelection against Trump, a Republican in November. This visit will allow him to contrast himself with his opponent.

The White House of Donald Trump said that in 2018, the then-president was on a trip through France and could not make it to the cemetery due to bad weather. John Kelly, his chief of staff, who was a retired military general at the time, attended in light rain instead.

Biden has just completed a five-day journey that included a commemoration in Normandy of the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, a state visit to Paris and a D-Day reunion with World War II veterans.

He made subtle references without naming Trump throughout the trip. This included a speech on the Normandy Coast site where U.S. Army Rangers climbed a 100-foot-high cliff during D-Day landings. Biden has worked to maintain strong U.S. allies, while Trump has criticised NATO and threatened to not defend its members if the latter don’t pay for their defense.

Karine Jean Pierre, White House spokesperson, responded to a question last week regarding Biden’s visit to the American Cemetery by saying: “He’s more than just the President.” Right? “He’s the commander in chief.”

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