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President Trump visits France for World War I Centennial

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President Donald Trump paid tribute Sunday to U.S. and allied soldiers killed in World War I as he and dozens of other world leaders commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of “a horrible, horrible war” that marked America’s emergence as a world power.

The Veterans Day speech came a day after Trump was criticized for failing to visit a different American cemetery about 60 miles outside of Paris Saturday because rain grounded the helicopter he had planned to take. A handful of senior administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, went in the president’s place.

The speech was the final stop of the president’s brief trip to Paris to commemorate the anniversary. Earlier in the day, he joined more than five dozen leaders gathered on a rainy day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base of the Arc de Triomphe a century after guns fell silent in a global war that killed millions. Bells tolled across Europe’s Western Front and fighter jets passed overhead to mark the exact moment the devastating war came to a close. (AP)

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President Donald Trump delivers a speech during a visit at the Suresnes American Cemetery as part of the Paris commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, France, Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Pool/Reuters)


President Donald Trump (L) and Major General and ABMC (American Battle Monuments Commission) Secretary William M. Matz take part in a U.S. ceremony at the American Cemetery of Suresnes, outside Paris, on Nov. 11, 2018 as part of Veterans Day and commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump takes part in the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War One, at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in Paris, France, Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)


President Donald Trump stands in front of headstones during an American Commemoration Ceremony, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018, at Suresnes American Cemetery near Paris. Trump is attending centennial commemorations in Paris this weekend to mark the Armistice that ended World War I. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)


President Donald Trump takes part in the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War One, at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in Paris, France, Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)


President Donald Trump arrives at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War One, in Paris, France, Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)


President of The United States of America Donald Trump arrives for the lunch after the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI at Elysee Palace on Nov. 11, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)


Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brigitte Macron, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Benoit Tessier/Pool/Reuters)


First lady Melania Trump (L) and President Donald Trump (R) look on as they attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Nov. 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo: Francois Mori/ POOL/AFP/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump, second left, watches French President Emmanuel Macron putting his hand on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s knee during ceremonies at the Arc de Triomphe Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 in Paris. (Photo: Francois Mori, Pool/AP)


President Donald Trump, second left, and first lady Melania Trump, left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, third left, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attend ceremonies at the Arc de Triomphe Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 in Paris. (Photo: Francois Mori, Pool/AP)


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Benoit Tessier/Pool Photo via AP)


Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump as they attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of th Nov. 11, 1918 armistice, ending World War I, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)


Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with US President Donald Trump as he arrives to attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo: Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)


Russian President Vladimir Putin, back to camera, arrives to take his seat with French President Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War One at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Benoit Tessier/Pool Photo via AP)


People hold up placards in Republique square in Paris, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 ahead of an anti-Trump gathering. President Donald Trump joined other international leaders in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP)


President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to attend the international ceremony of the Armistice Centenary of 1918 at the Arc de Triomphe on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)


A man fixes a banner that translates as ‘Trump=War’ to a statue in the Republique square in Paris, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 ahead of an anti-Trump gathering. President Donald Trump joined other international leaders in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP)


President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (3rd L) chats with President Donald Trump (4th L) during a dinner hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron for visiting heads of states at Musee d’Orsay (Orsay Museum) in Paris, France on November 10, 2018. President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wife Emine Erdogan (2nd L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (5th R) also attended the dinner. (Photo: Turkish Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes President Trump at the Elysee Palace on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo: Vincent Kessler/Reuters)


French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes President Trump at the Elysee Palace on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo: Vincent Kessler/Reuters)


President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron gesture during their meeting inside the Elysee Palace in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)


President Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron as they meet at Elysee presidential palace, as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)


President Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron as they meet at Elysee presidential palace, as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)


President Trump meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee presidential palace, as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)


French President Emmanuel Macron, right, with President Trump before their talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo: Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP)


The U.S. flag flutters at half mast prior to a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American cemetery and memorial in Belleau, eastern France, Nov. 10, 2018. President Trump canceled his visit due to bad weather. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)


French first lady Brigitte Macron welcomes American first lady Melania Trump prior to their lunch with President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Presidential Palace, Nov. 10, 2018, in Paris. (Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images)


French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, accompany President Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, after their lunch at the Elysee Presidential Palace, Nov. 10, 2018, in Paris. (Photo: Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


The U.S. official state car also known as “The Beast,” is parked in front of the entrance of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018, during commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice, ending World War I. (Photo: Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


French President Emmanuel Macron awaits the arrival of U.S. President Trump at Elysee presidential palace, as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)


President Trump arrives at the Elysee Palace on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo: Vincent Kessler/Reuters)


President Trump is seen in the presidential limousine known as “The Beast” as he arrives at Orly Airport near Paris to attend commemoration ceremonies for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, Nov. 9, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)


President Trump and first lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One as they arrive at Orly Airport near Paris to attend commemoration ceremonies for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, Nov. 9, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)