Trump Nixed American Military Cemetery Visit Because He Didn’t Want the Rain to Mess Up His Hair

Trump Nixed American Military Cemetery Visit Because He Didn’t Want the Rain to Mess Up His Hair

The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg published a piece late Thursday that sheds new light on a sequence of events in 2018 that drew plenty of questions at the time. It turns out that the Trump administration’s explanation of what happened wasn’t true.

Trump’s cancellation of a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France was initially attributed to the helicopter tasked with transporting him not being able to fly in the rain and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there.

But, according to four people involved in the discussions that day, the president nixed the plans “because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain” and “because he did not believe it was important to honor American war dead.”

“Why should I go to that cemetery?” Trump reportedly said. “It’s filled with losers.”

In a different conversation during the overseas trip, Trump called the deceased “suckers.”

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.