The Latest: Trump pays tribute to Americans who died in WWI


PARIS — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Paris. (all times local):
11:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump paid tribute to U.S. and allied soldiers killed in World War I during what he called “a horrible, horrible war” that marked America’s emergence as a world power.
Trump made his comments Sunday at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in the suburbs of Paris, where more than 1,500 Americans who died in the war are buried. He said that world leaders “are gathered together at this hallowed resting place to pay tribute to the brave Americans” who gave their lives in that war.
Trump said: “It is our duty to preserve the civilization they defended and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago.” He made the comments after spending a moment standing alone amid the cemetery’s white crosses.
6:16 p.m.
A top Kremlin foreign affairs aide says the French government requested that President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump back away from plans to meet during their Paris visit.
Whether the U.S. and Russian presidents would meet on the sidelines of the ceremonies commemorating the end of World War I had been a subject of speculation in the lead-up to Sunday’s events.
Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s foreign affairs adviser, said on Russian state television that a preliminary agreement on a Trump-Putin meeting had been reached but was dropped after taking into account what he called French considerations. He said this decision was made in consultation with American officials.
4:15 p.m.
President Donald Trump says victory came at a “terrible cost” to allied forces that fought and died in World War I.
Trump said that 26,000 Americans were killed in just the last battle of the war alone.
Trump spoke during a WWI centennial at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial where more than 1,500 U.S. military servicemen are buried.
He says it’s the duty of today’s generation to defend the peace they nobly gave with their lives.
Trump introduced six American veterans of the Second World War and an U.S. eighth-grader who saved money for two years so he could attend the ceremony to honor the heroes of WWI.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. extends a hand to greet U.S. President Donald Trump as German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on.
4:10 p.m.
The “Baby Trump” balloon is back, hovering over a demonstration of several hundred people in eastern Paris.
The main message of the anti-Trump protest was to speak out against the president and what he stands for to those who oppose his “America first” message and policies.
Trump is in Paris to mark Sunday’s centennial of the end of World War I.
The protest, held in steady rain, drew a range of groups and causes from Trotskyists to Communists and some seeking to free a convicted Lebanese terrorist from jail.
3:30 p.m.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he didn’t have a separate meeting with President Donald Trump at events in Paris marking the end of World War I, but says they will meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina later this month.
Putin said he and Trump decided “not to interrupt the schedule” of the World War I events with a separate meeting. Putin spoke to RT’s France network.
Putin also praised the idea of a European army because he said it could “strengthen the multipolar nature of the world.” Macron has pushed the idea of a European army.
1:30 p.m.
President Donald Trump is attending a lunch with world leaders who have gathered in Paris to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.
French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting the gathering at the Elysee Palace, where he and Trump met and had lunch Saturday.
Trump arrived without his wife, Melania, who is visiting Versailles Sunday with Macron’s wife, Brigitte Macron.
The menu: lobster from Brittany, France’s iconic Bresse chicken, and potatoes from the Somme, in a nod to one of the war’s deadliest battles.
They have just come from a ceremony to commemorate the Armistice that ended World War I at the base of the Arc de Triomphe.
World leaders attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day.
___ 11:47 a.m.
The feminist activist group Femen has claimed responsibility for topless protesters who disrupted President Donald Trump’s motorcade on its way to a ceremony commemorating the end of World War I.
One woman easily breached tight security along the Champs-Elysees avenue, walking in the midst of the motorcade and shouting “fake peacemaker” as the cars passed.
Officers seized her afterwards.
At least one other topless protester also made it into the avenue, but was unable to reach the cars.
Femen’s topless protesters have repeatedly breached security around world leaders and major events.
11:40 a.m.
President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have greeted one another at a ceremony in Paris marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Cameras at the event captured Trump and Putin briefly shaking hands after Putin arrived. Putin also flashed Trump a thumbs-up sign and patted Trump’s arm.
He also greeted several other leaders sitting in the front row, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Trump is sitting between his wife, first lady Melania Trump, and Merkel at the event.
11:25 a.m.
At least one topless woman ran out toward President Donald Trump’s motorcade on Sunday as he traveled to the Arc de Triomphe for a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
She had slogans written on her chest that included the words “Fake” and “Peace.”
Police tackled the women and the motorcade continued uninterrupted.
Trump is among dozens of leaders attending the centennial anniversary ceremony.
Most of the other leaders traveled together, from the Élysée Palace. Trump arrived on his own.
10:30 a.m.
President Donald Trump joined French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders Sunday to the mark 100 years since the end of World War I.
More than 66 leaders gathered in Paris — a century after guns fell silent in a global war that killed millions.
Trump was accompanied by first lady Melania Trump at the Tome of the Unknown Soldier at the base of the Arc de Triomphe.
The president also was attending a leaders’ lunch hosted by Macron.
Afterward, Trump plans to visit and deliver Veterans Day remarks at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial outside Paris where more than 1,500 Americans who died during the war are buried.
Rain on Saturday forced the cancellation of Trump’s helicopter trip to a different American cemetery in France.
This story has been corrected to show that Trump introduced six American veterans of the Second World War, not World War I.

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