US President Donald Trump's umbrella is turned inside out by a gust of wind while stepping off Air Force One during his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, April 28, 2018.
"(Their attendance) has been canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather", the White House said in a statement, adding that a delegation lead by Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired general, went instead.
Trump is now in France for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
It was the site of the deadly Battle of Belleau Wood, and the French were so inspired by America's sacrifice they changed its name to "The Woods of the Marine Brigade".
In the wake of criticism that Trump didn't travel by vehicle to the event, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement on Sunday that noted the weather and "near-zero visibility" as well as concerns that a motorcade on short notice would have required closing substantial portions of area roadways.
"We are gathered together at this hallowed resting place to pay tribute to the courageous Americans who gave their last breath in that mighty struggle", Trump said 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.
A woman charged President Donald Trump's motorcade as it carried him along Paris' Avenue des Champs-Élysées for a World War I Armistice ceremony.
He was to deliver remarks at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, located five miles west of Paris, before returning to Washington.
The cancellation of Saturday's visit drew criticism from those who say the president should have found a way to travel to Aisne-Marne regardless of the weather.
The White House cancelled the visit, which Trump would have made aboard the presidential helicopter Marine One, after it was determined that the conditions offered "near-zero visibility", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, amid criticism and speculation that Trump was not motivated to join other world leaders there by auto instead.
Clara Jeffery, who is the editor of an investigative news organisation reminded how Hillary Clinton attended the 9/11 memorial despite suffering from pneumonia.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended his own ceremony to pay tribute to Canadian troops killed at Vimy Ridge, on the battlefields of northeastern France. Another tweeted had an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin attending a ceremony in a downpour.
Trump was compared unfavourably by some to his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.