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Слідчі ГПУ не полишають спроб отримати доступ до телефону журналістки Бердинських, але попросили у суду перерву

Печерський районний суд Києва оголосив перерву у розгляді клопотання слідчого Генпрокуратури про доступ до широкого масиву даних з телефону журналістки видання «Новое время» Крістіни Бердинських.

На початку засідання слідчий Генеральної прокуратури Руслан Іжук просив суд відкласти розгляд клопотання про доступ до смс, дзвінків та місцезнаходження телефону Крістіни Бердинських протягом 17 місяців, до остаточного рішення Європейського суду з прав людини у аналогічній справі щодо журналістки Радіо Свобода, головного редактора програми «Схеми: корупція в деталях» Наталки Седлецької.

Захист Бердинських з проханням слідчого відкладати судовий розгляд не погодився і наполягав, аби Генпрокуратура повністю відмовилась від спроб отримувати дані з мобільного журналістки. Утім, суддя оголосив перерву – наступне засідання відбудеться 20 грудня 2018 року.

«Враховуючи клопотання слідчого, а також позицію Європейського суду з прав людини, у судовому засіданні оголошується перерва», – повідомив суддя Володимир Карабань.

18 жовтня 2018 року Європейський суд з прав людини відповідно до «Правила 39» свого Регламенту продовжив дію невідкладних тимчасових забезпечувальних заходів у справі Наталки Седлецької та присудив уряду України «забезпечити утримання органів влади від доступу до будь-яких даних, наведених у рішенні Апеляційного суду Києва від 18 вересня 2018 року» на невизначений термін.

«Ваша честь, я вважаю, що це може бути відкладено і на п’ять років, тому що Європейський суд подекуди розглядає справи і п’ять і шість років. Я вважаю, що було б доцільно взагалі відмовитися від такого клопотання з огляду на розгляд справи Європейським судом, але, звісно, це позиція слідчого», – заявила адвокатка Бердинських Людмила Опришко.

​«Ми очікували на те, що клопотання слідчого не буде задоволено в будь-якій формі щодо доступу. І що український суд нарешті припинить ганьбитися в цій історії, а винесе чітке і зрозуміле рішення. Мені здається, що українські суди бояться брати на себе відповідальність і відмовляти українській прокуратурі, чітко вказувати, що вони порушили права журналістів», – коментує рішення суду Крістіна Бердинських.

26 вересня Апеляційний суд Києва направив на повторний розгляд у суд першої інстанції клопотання Генеральної прокуратури про доступ до даних із телефона журналістки видання «Новое время» Крістіни Бердинських.

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Бердинських оскаржувала слідчу ухвалу Печерського суду, якою Генпрокуратурі надано дозвіл на отримання інформації про дзвінки, смс-повідомлення з липня 2016-го по листопад 2017 року і місце розташування телефону журналістки протягом цих 17 місяців.

25 вересня у Генпрокуратурі повідомили, що на вимогу Європейського суду зупинили процедуру отримання інформації з мобільного Наталки Седлецької, але на запитання, чи оператор уже передав запитувані дані, відповіді не надали.

Доступ до даних до журналістів викликав широку критику українських і міжнародних антикорупційних, правозахисних і журналістських спільнот, дипломатів і урядових організацій – як таке, яке суперечить принципам свободи слова і може бути розцінене як тиск на журналістів-розслідувачів.

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EU, UK Inch Closer to Deal as Brexit Hangs in Balance

Britain and the European Union appeared to be inching toward agreement on Brexit on Monday, but British Prime Minister Theresa May faced intensifying pressure from her divided Conservative government that could yet scuttle a deal.

Britain leaves the EU on March 29 — the first country ever to do so — but a deal must be sealed in the coming weeks to leave enough time for the U.K. and European Parliaments to sign off. May faces increasing domestic pressure over her proposals for an agreement following the resignation of another government minister last week.

The British leader had been hoping to present a draft deal to her Cabinet this week. But no Brexit breakthrough was announced Monday after talks between European affairs ministers. The two sides are locked in technical negotiations to try to bridge the final gaps in a move laden with heavy political and economic consequences. 

May said talks were in their “endgame” but that negotiating a divorce agreement after more than four decades of British EU membership was “immensely difficult.”

May told an audience at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London that “we are working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress on the remaining issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, which are significant.

“Both sides want to reach an agreement,” May said, though she added she wouldn’t sign up to “agreement at any cost.”

The main obstacle to a deal is how to keep goods flowing smoothly across the border between EU country Ireland and Northern Ireland in the U.K.

Both sides have committed to avoid a hard border with costly and time-consuming checks that would hamper business. Any new customs posts on the border could also re-ignite lingering sectarian tensions. But Britain and the EU haven’t agreed on how to achieve that goal.

“Clearly this is a very important week for Brexit negotiations,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told reporters after the meeting in Brussels. “The two negotiating teams have really intensified their engagement … There is still clearly work to do.”

And Martin Callanan, a minister in Britain’s Brexit department, said all involved were “straining every sinew to make sure that we get a deal but we have to get a deal that is right for the U.K., right for the EU and one that would be acceptable to the U.K. Parliament.”

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier didn’t speak to reporters Monday and a planned news conference with him was canceled.

Instead, EU headquarters issued a short statement saying that Barnier explained to the ministers that “intense negotiating efforts continue, but an agreement has not been reached yet.”

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the two sides “are getting closer to each other.”

“But in negotiations there is only a deal if there is full agreement,” Blok said. “There is only a 100-percent deal. There is not a 90-percent deal or a 95-percent deal.”

Earlier, France’s EU affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, stepped up pressure on May. “The ball is in the British court. It is a question of a British political decision,” she said.

The EU is awaiting Barnier’s signal as to whether sufficient progress has been made to call an EU summit to seal a deal. 

Rumors have swirled of a possible top-level meeting at the end of November. But Austrian EU affairs minister Gernot Bluemel, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said “so far progress is not sufficient to call in and set up another (summit).”

In recent days there have been signs of progress behind the scenes, but all parties have remained tight-lipped about the developments, given the politically charged atmosphere.

In Britain, pro-Brexit and pro-EU politicians alike warned May that the deal she seeks is likely to be shot down by Parliament.

Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexit supporter, wrote in a column for Monday’s Daily Telegraph that May’s plan to adhere closely to EU regulations in return for a trade deal and an open Irish border amounts to “total surrender” to the bloc. 

The proposed terms are scarcely more popular with advocates of continued EU membership.

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening on Monday called May’s proposals the “worst of all worlds,” and said the public should be allowed to vote on Britain’s departure again.

“We should be planning as to how we can put this final say on Brexit in the hands of the British people,” Greening told the BBC.

Johnson’s younger brother, Jo Johnson, resigned last week backing calls for a second referendum on whether the country should leave the EU. May has consistently rejected the idea of another nationwide vote on Brexit.

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Bolsonaro: Brazil Pension Reform Legislation Unlikely in 2018

Brazil’s Congress is unlikely to pass pension reform legislation this year, far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday, a blow to investor hopes that caused the country’s currency to weaken in futures markets.

Investors snapped up Brazilian assets in the wake of Bolsonaro’s election victory last month, cheered by his party’s stronger-than-expected showing in congressional races, which raised hopes he could make quick advances on fiscal reforms.

Many economists say cuts to Brazil’s social security system are essential to controlling a huge federal deficit and regaining Brazil’s investment-grade rating.

Last week, Bolsonaro said he would like to see some form of pension reform passed this year to make it easier to deal with the deficit after he takes office on Jan. 1.

On Monday, however, he told reporters in Rio de Janeiro that after speaking with his chief economic advisor Paulo Guedes, passing a 2018 pension reform bill looked increasingly unlikely.

He added that the reform would not just be based on crunching the numbers, but would also have to take into account the social impact of the overhaul.

Brazil’s currency, the real, weakened against the U.S. dollar in futures markets after his comments.

Bolsonaro also said that no decision had yet been taken on the next head of state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, with more names for the chief executive position set to come out on Tuesday.

Separately, Guedes said on Monday that World Bank chief financial officer and former Brazilian finance minister Joaquim Levy had accepted Bolsonaro’s offer to lead state development bank BNDES.

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Separatist Areas Elect Leaders as Ukraine, Russia Trade Barbs

Two separatist-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine announced the winners of leadership elections on Monday that were dismissed by Kyiv and its international allies as a sham exercise engineered by Russia to install puppet regimes.

The polls took place Sunday in the shadow of a conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels that has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014 and poisoned relations between the two neighbors.

The Donetsk region’s acting head Denis Pushilin, whose predecessor was killed in an explosion in August, was confirmed as leader with 61 percent of the vote while the acting chief of Luhansk region, Leonid Pasechnik, also won with 68 percent.

Kremlin aide Vladislav Surkov congratulated the winners, according to the separatist press service DAN, though a Kremlin spokesman later said he was not aware any congratulations had been extended.

The United States, European Union member states and Canada condemned the vote as illegal and in violation of a cease-fire agreed in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, in 2015.

“This reaction clearly states that, on the one hand, these elections will not be recognized by anyone. This is a brutal violation of the Minsk agreements,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

“On the other hand, there is a call for the responsibility of the Russian Federation as the organizer of these elections.”

Russia disputed that the elections violated the Minsk accord and instead blamed the Kyiv authorities for failing to honor its commitments in the peace process.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he was not aware any congratulations had been sent to the rebels, but added that it was understandable they wanted to hold elections.

“We are talking about two regions that are completely rejected by the rest of the country and are under an absolute embargo. The Minsk accords are not being implemented by Kyiv,” Peskov told reporters on a conference call in Moscow.

Pushilin said it was a turning point in the region’s history. “We have proved to the whole world that we can not only fight, not only win on the battlefield, but also build a state based on real democratic principles,” he said Sunday.

Moscow-backed rebels seized territory in eastern Ukraine after street protests toppled pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich in February 2014 and Russia annexed Crimea a month later.

Ukraine and the West say Russia de facto controls the eastern Donbass region by propping up puppet leaders with troops and heavy weaponry, which Moscow denies.

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Abu Dhabi Summit: Oil Production Cuts May Be Necessary

OPEC and allied oil-producing countries will likely need to cut crude supplies, perhaps by as much as 1 million barrels of oil a day, to rebalance the market after U.S. sanctions on Iran failed to cut Tehran’s output, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said Monday.

The comments from the minister, Khalid al-Falih, show the balancing act the U.S. allies face in dealing with President Donald Trump’s actions related to the oil industry.

Trump in recent weeks demanded the oil cartel increase production to drive down U.S. gasoline prices. “Hopefully, Saudi Arabia and OPEC will not be cutting oil production. Oil prices should be much lower based on supply!” he tweeted Monday.

The U.S. has meanwhile allowed some of its allies — Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey — as well as rival China to continue to purchase Iranian oil despite reimposed sanctions, as long as they work to reduce their imports to zero.

Al-Falih, who on Sunday said the kingdom would cut production by over 500,000 barrels per day in December, said Monday that Saudi Arabia had been giving customers “100 percent of what they asked for.” That appeared to be a veiled reference to Trump.

Before the United States reimposed sanctions on Iran, “fear and anxiety gripped the market,” al-Falih said at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference. Now “we’re seeing the pendulum swing violently to the other side,” he added.

The energy minister of the United Arab Emirates, Suhail al-Mazrouei, currently the president of OPEC, said “changes” likely would be necessary as the oil cartel meets in December in Vienna. However, he added: “We need not to overreact when these things happen.”

Al-Falih said OPEC officials have seen analysis papers suggesting a production cut of upward of 1 million barrels of crude a day may be necessary to rebalance the market. However, he stressed that more study needed to be done.

“There are a lot of assumptions in their projections that may change,” al-Falih said. “We don’t want to throttle the global economy.”

A gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. on average now sells for $2.69, down from $2.90 a month ago, according to AAA. Those lower prices likely quieted Trump, but production cuts could again boost prices at the pump.

Trump and volatility

Neither al-Falih nor al-Mazrouei directly criticized Trump, but Mohammed Hamad al-Rumhy, Oman’s oil and gas minister, blamed the U.S. president for some of the volatility striking the oil market. Oman, a sultanate on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, maintains close diplomatic ties to Iran and often serves as an interlocutor between Western powers and Tehran.

“Supply and demand is perhaps the easy part because you can measure it,” al-Rumhy said. It’s “extremely difficult to quantify what is happening in [the] White House — almost impossible.”

Iran, which has tense relations with Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, did not have a high-level official at the summit.

Crude oil dropped to a low of $30 a barrel in January 2016. That forced OPEC to partner with non-OPEC countries, including Russia, to cut production to help prices rebound.

Benchmark Brent crude, which had been trading above $80 a barrel recently, now hovers just over $70 after the U.S. sanction waivers on Iran.

Fracking

Meanwhile, Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, the head of the state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., said the UAE planned to increase oil production to 4 million barrels a day by 2020 and 5 million barrels a day by 2030. The UAE now produces some 3 million barrels of oil a day.

Al-Jaber also said the UAE would begin fracking — injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals — to gain access to otherwise unreachable natural gas reserves.

“Make no mistake: Hydrocarbons will continue to play an absolutely essential part of a diversified energy mix,” al-Jaber said.

But the highs and lows of the market need to end for both oil consumers and producers to profit, said al-Rumhy, the Omani official.

“If it was my heart beat going that way, I think I would be in the hospital right now,” he said.

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Romanian Leader Says Country Not Ready for EU Presidency

Romania’s president said Monday his country isn’t ready to take over the European Union’s rotating presidency on Jan. 1 and called for the government to step down.

President Klaus Iohannis said “things have gone off the rails,” and that there was “a political necessity to replace the government,” which he called “an accident of Romanian democracy.”

Viorica Dancila, a little-known politician became premier in January, but has little executive power as Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party, basically runs the government. Dragnea can’t be prime minister because of a conviction for vote-rigging.

“It’s the 12th hour [and] we are totally unprepared,” Iohannis said. “There’s no chance of a good government … or proper involvement in European affairs.”

European Affairs Minister Victor Negrescu, tasked with preparing Romania to take over the EU presidency, unexpectedly resigned last week. Romania government officials were apparently dissatisfied with Negrescu’s performance in building good relations within the EU’s executive branch.

“It’s unclear at the government who the responsible people are, “Iohannis said. “People who should be dealing with the EU presidency resign or they’re dismissed.” Dragnea called the president’s comments “a major disservice to Romania.”

Romania is already facing censure from the EU over a contentious judicial overhaul last year that the bloc says undermines the fight against corruption.

Last month, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova voiced concern about Romania potentially struggling to manage the presidency while it was weighed down by domestic concerns, in particular corruption.

The EU on Tuesday will present its latest report on the judicial systems of Romania and Bulgaria. The bloc monitors the countries, amid concerns about corruption, their justice systems and organized crime.

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Кривий Ріг: Чотири котельні «Теплоцентралі» запущені

Чотири з шести котелень підприємства «Криворізька теплоцентраль» запущені в роботу, одна розігрівається, ще одна готується до запуску. Про це за підсумками чотиригодинних переговорів з представниками ПАТ «Криворіжгаз» повідомив народний депутат Костянтин Павлов. 

«Запущено в роботу чотири котельні «Теплоцентралі», шоста розігрівається і виходить на параметри, щоб подавати тепло споживачам, відновлюється робота п’ятої», – повідомив він.

За словами депутата, у вівторок питання щодо стабільного постачання газу криворізьким тепловикам продовжать вирішувати в столиці, на переговорах в НАК «Нафтогаз України».

Він також повідомив, що однією з домовленостей з публічного акціонерного товариства «Криворіжгаз» також є негайне відновлення роботи аварійної служби підприємства, яка була призупинена в понеділок. Цю інформацію підтвердили і в ПАТ «Криворіжгаз».

Присутній на переговорах депутат Криворізької міськради Микола Колесник підтвердив, що зараз тривають технічні заходи для постачання газу до двох непідключених котелень. За його словами, аварійні бригади комунальників будуть допомагати працівникам «Криворізької теплоцентралі» запускати тепло та ліквідовувати аварії.

У понеділок жителі Кривого Рогу пікетували ПАТ «Криворіжгаз» через відсутність опалення. Вони запалили шини й спробували прорватись в будівлю. Одній людині стало зле. У «Криворіжгазі» навіть заявляли про «захоплення будівлі невідомими людьми». Однак ця інформація не підтвердилась.

У понеділок через борги тепловиків без тепла залишалось близько половина населення 650-тисячного Кривого Рогу. З понеділка в частині шкіл і садків міста, які опалюються «Криворізькою теплоцентраллю», запровадили вимушені канікули. Оприлюднена сума боргу теплоцентралі за спожитий газ складає близько 1 мільярда гривень.

10 листопада в підприємстві «Криворізька теплоцентраль» заявили, що готові розпочати опалювальний сезон, однак «Криворіжгаз» «блокує постачання газу».

Водночас у «Криворіжгазі» заявили, що НАК« Нафтогаз України» не виділив ліміти газу для «Криворізькій теплоцентралі» через борги минулих років, відтак «Криворіжгаз» «не має ні підстав, ні можливостей розподіляти газ». 

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В Білорусі вшанували пам’ять українців-жертв Голодомору

В білоруському містечку Довськ місцеві українці влаштували акцію пам’яті жертв Голодомору 1932-1933 років. На події був присутній зокрема посол України в Білорусі Ігор Кизим.

«Ми знову і знову згадуємо Голодомор, щоб це ніколи більше не повторилося. Ми пам’ятаємо – світ визнає», – заявив він.

Очільник дипломатичної місії підкреслив, що причиною голоду був не неврожай, а свідома політика радянської влади. За мінімальними оцінками, голодною смертю в 1932-1933 роках померли чотири мільйони українців.

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«Це як два Мінська, як Київ нині», – порівняв він.

В ході акії також освятили Хрест пам’яті. Його в Довську поставили у 2003 році з ініціативи української діаспори і посольства України в Білорусі. Хрест символізує вдячність білорусам за допомогу українцям під час штучного голоду.

До 85-ї річниці Голодомору дерев’яного хреста замінили на металічний.

Під час Голодомору 30-х років чимало українців змогли врятуватись від смерті, знайшовши притулок на території сучасної Білорусі, нагадала керівниця центру української культури «Січ» Валентина Логвін.

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«Свідчення того, як білоруси допомагали українцям, знаходили в експедиціях у Мозирському, Бобруйському районах білоруського Полісся. Хрест у Довську – символ подяки всім білорусам», – сказала вона.

Скільки конкретно українців змогли втекти від Голодомору до Білорусі, наразі невідомо – через закриті архіви КДБ Білорусі дослідники не можуть повністю відновити картину тих подій.

Україна з посиланням на дані науково-демографічної експертизи стверджує, що загальна кількість людських втрат від Голодомору 1932–33 років становить майже 4 мільйони осіб, а втрати українців у частині ненароджених становлять понад 6 мільйонів.

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Japan’s Abe Calls for Public Works Spending to Help Economy 

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Monday for a new public works spending program to stimulate the economy amid growing concerns about global risks. 

The spending, which is expected in the first half of next fiscal year starting in April, will focus on strengthening infrastructure to withstand earthquakes and frequent flooding, according to a presentation made at the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (CEFP). 

Some of Japan’s top government advisers also called for stimulus to offset a decline in consumption expected after an increase in the nationwide sales tax in October next year. 

The rush to approve public works spending and other measures to support consumption highlights growing concern among policymakers about the economy. 

“The prime minister asked me to take firm measures to ensure that our economic recovery continues,” Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at the end of the CEFP meeting. “He also said the public works spending program expected at the end of this year should be compiled with this point in mind.” 

Japan’s economy is forecast to contract in July-September, and a recent slump in machinery orders suggests any rebound in the following quarters is likely to be weak if exports and business investment lose momentum. 

Government ministers will compile a preliminary public works plan by the end of this month and then submit a final version of the plan by year’s end, according to documents used at the CEFP meeting. 

Urgent matter

Members of the CEFP did not say how large the spending program should be or how the government should fund the package. At the meeting, Abe said compiling the package has become an urgent matter, according to a government official. 

Japan’s government is considering a 10 trillion-yen ($87.77 billion) stimulus package to offset the impact of a sales tax hike next year, sources told Reuters last week, as concerns about consumer spending and the global economy grow. 

Increasing spending on public works started to gain support after a strong earthquake in September caused a blackout in the northern island of Hokkaido and a series of typhoons damaged transport infrastructure in western Japan. 

The advisers on the CEFP are academics and business leaders who are considered close to Abe, so their recommendations often influence policy decisions. 

The CEFP met earlier Monday to debate consumer prices and fiscal policy, which is where the advisers made their recommendations. 

The advisers did not lay out the specific steps the government should take to stimulate consumption, but government officials have previously said they are considering shopping vouchers for low-income earners and more spending on public works. 

The nationwide sales tax is scheduled to rise to 10 percent in October 2019 from 8 percent currently. The government already plans to exempt food and some daily goods from the tax hike to soften the blow, but there is still a lot of concern that the tax hike will wreck consumer spending and sentiment. The economy was tipped into a recession the last time the tax was raised in 2014. 

Advisers at the CEFP meeting also threw their support behind the government’s plan to encourage mobile phone carriers to lower smartphone fees, saying they hoped the move would increase households’ disposable incomes. 

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White House: Cemetery Motorcade Would Have Disrupted Roads

Stung by criticism for not attending an event honoring U.S. military dead, the White House says President Donald Trump didn’t want to disrupt Paris roadways for a last-minute motorcade to a cemetery in northern France.

Trump had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence Saturday at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, located adjacent to Belleau Wood and about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Paris. The White House cited weather conditions that grounded the president’s helicopter for the cancellation.

In the wake of criticism that Trump didn’t travel by car to the event, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement 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.

“President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people,” Sanders said. She also said the trip to Aisne-Marne was 2 hours each way by car.

Instead, Trump spent much of Saturday at the U.S. ambassador’s residence following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump was in Paris for events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Attending the cemetery event in Trump’s place were the White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joe Dunford; and several members of the White House staff. The Battle of Belleau Wood was a critical conflict in the war and a pivotal encounter in Marine Corps history.

The determination to ground Marine One, the president’s helicopter, due to bad weather is made by the Marine Corps and the White House Military Office, which then presents the recommendation to the White House in collaboration with the Secret Service, according to a Secret Service official.

Paris was covered in clouds with drizzling rain through most of Saturday.

On Sunday, Trump attended a scheduled event honoring American war dead at a U.S. cemetery just outside of Paris.