President Donald Trump finally ended up in a military cemetery in the rain and has a large umbrella to protect himself from the elements.
Trump made the surprise visit to the Arlington National Cemetery around 2:15 PM on Saturday, to observe the activities taking place there for Wreaths Across America, who decorate the graves of fallen troops for Christmas.
It came a month after Trump received severe criticism for skipping a performance in honor of fallen soldiers from the First World War at a military American cemetery in France because of the weather.
Trump said at the time that poor visibility and steady rain had established Marine One and that the secret service was unable to take security measures for the 55-mile drive to the cemetery.
Trump visits Section 60 at Arlington Cemetery on Saturday during a surprise visit at Wreaths Across America
Trump shakes hands with an American soldier during an unplanned visit to the Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday
Trump talks to Karen Durham-Aguilera, executive director of military military cemeteries, during a visit to Saturday
Trump wears his familiar umbrella and walks cautiously through the muddy grass in a light rain in the Arlington cemetery
The surprise visit of Trump to Arlington (above) comes a month after he was criticized for skipping a cemetery visit in France
He was also criticized for failure, on his return from France, to visit Arlington to mark Veterans Day.
Trump later explained that he was "extremely busy with calls for the country that day," but added in an interview with Fox News: "I should have done that."
On Saturday, Trump arrived unannounced in Arlington and was escorted by an official through part of the cemetery.
Trump carefully walked through the rain-soaked grass and spoke to the female officer, while two soldiers in uniform and a secret service agent followed.
The president was the only one of the small group that had an umbrella.
France: Low clouds and a light rain have ruled out the use of Marine One in France last month. Instead of driving, of which he said the secret service would not allow it, Trump sent the chief of staff John Kelly, left, and the chairman of the joint chief of staff, Navy General Joseph Dunford, to the ceremony (above) 55 miles outside Paris
President Donald Trump pauses in the rain between the Christmas wreaths at the graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington
Trump pays a surprise visit to Arlington Cemetery in Arlington on Saturday, one month after his funeral blunder in France
Trump walks past tombstones on Saturday during an unplanned visit to Arlington National Cemetery
Trump visits department 60 at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington on Saturday as a secret service agent runs after him
Trump drew widespread criticism because he was not present at a memorial in France last month. He is seen above defying the rain on Saturday during a surprise visit to Arlington National Cemetery
Every year in December, wreaths throughout the United States place wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers in Arlington and other cemeteries.
More than 75,000 volunteers placed wreaths at 245,000 Arlington graves last year.
The Pentagon says the group has shipped 1,75 million wrecks to 1,640 locations in the United States this year.
& # 39; They do a great job, really great work. Thanks, & # 39; said Trump during the visit to Arlington.
In brief, comments to reporters, he said the government worked on the expansion of Arlington, where more than 400,000 men and women are buried, by the purchase of nearby land. & # 39; We work very hard on it. We will do it. & # 39;
Trump speaks during his visit to Section 60 at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on Saturday
After a walk through the cemetery and talking to the official for a few minutes, Trump took a question from a reporter about the federal court's recent ruling that Obama's plan for health care was unconstitutional.
"Assuming that the Supreme Court maintains, we get great, great health care for our people", President Donald Trump told reporters. We will have to sit with the Democrats to do it, but I'm sure they want to do it too. & # 39;
Arlington, on the land once owned by a descendant of George Washington, is directly across the Potomac River from the capital, just a few minutes' drive away.