Rain trumps war heroics

Paris: US President Donald Trump had wanted to tell the commemorative service for the centenary of the original Armistice Day that brought an end to World War 1 that he knew deep in his heart of hearts that had he been a US soldier on the Western Front in the Great War, he would not have hesitated before charging a nest of spitting Maschinengewehr 08 machineguns, even if he had lost his rifle and had to do it barehanded.

“I just know extreme heroism would have come naturally to me; it really would have,” Mr Trump had wanted to say to other world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to his planned speech notes. “I wouldn’t have hesitated for a second.”

But he couldn’t because it was raining.