Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump arrived separately from other world leaders to an event marking the end of World War I on Sunday, missing the exact moment of the armistice 100 years ago.
Trump traveled separately from other world leaders, who took a bus from the Elysee Palace to the Arc de Triomphe for a commemoration ceremony marking the centennial of the armistice. Multiple news outlets reported that Trump was not present when other leaders arrived and walked side-by-side and bells tolled to mark 100 years since the fighting ended.
World leaders miss the exact moment of the 11th hour. Trump and Putin were late.
— alex thomson (@alextomo) November 11, 2018
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump arrived separately “due to security protocols.”
A topless female protester managed to make it within a few meters of Trump’s motorcade as he drove down the Champs-Élysées. The protester had the words “Fake Peacemaker” written on her chest, and she was stopped by French police after running into the street.
World leaders are walking shoulder to shoulder along the Champs Elysses but Trump arrived separately and isn’t participating in this. pic.twitter.com/kRQlrVKihV
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) November 11, 2018
One leader Trump did cozy up to? Vladimir Putin.
Putin flashed Trump a thumbs up after the men shook hands at a ceremony marking the centennial of World War I’s end.
The interaction near the Arc de Triomphe ceremonies is believed to be the first between the men this weekend, ahead of a multinational lunch that both will attend.
Putin, arriving after Trump to the weekend’s primary commemoration ceremony around 11 a.m. Sunday, shook Trump’s hand while walking past him.
After getting a thumbs up from Putin, a staple of the American president’s own body language, Trump patted the Russian leader on the back.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) November 11, 2018
Some experts believe that Trump and Putin may still have talks on Sunday, despite public disavowals from Trump, who said they will instead have in-depth discussions at the G-20 summit in Argentina later this year.
Although original plans to meet in Paris were scrapped, Trump injected acrimony into their once-close relationship, tweeting Friday night that had Macron made “very insulting” remarks about needing a European military. Trump and Macron met in person Saturday and greeted each other warmly, despite the tweet.
Twitter is disgusted:
Pathetic display in Paris. Trump and Putin turned up late and the minute of silence at 11:11 was observed around 11:20. So disrespectful!#ArmisticeDay
— Michael Hecht (@Hecht_London) November 11, 2018
Going to go out on a limb here, those hours when #Trump was missing from ceremonies and late for dinner something tells me it was an opportune time to meet with his BFF #Putin, just a guess! pic.twitter.com/1dIkTM8I1H
— KNI, J.D. 🌊🌊🌊 (@KNIPTX) November 11, 2018
Two men refused to walk with world leaders & then arrived late to the Arc de Triomphe to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day: Trump & Putin
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) November 11, 2018
Trump literally skipped a ceremony yesterday because of rain, and then showed up late to today's ceremony before smiling at Putin like my 2-year old son smiles at a hershey bar pic.twitter.com/5LtUxbi6xd
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) November 11, 2018
Look at everyone else’s face, then Trumps, as Putin approached. Didn't go to the cemetery yesterday. Late to dinner last night. Did not walk with the other heads of state this morning. What on earth is really going on?! pic.twitter.com/2pbieDuv3C
— Wendi (@wendow) November 11, 2018