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.
As many as 1,800 American soldiers killed in the battle of Belleau Wood and are buried in the French cemetery.
Instead, Trump spent much of the day following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron at the United States ambassador's residence, where he was staying during events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
'We are gathered together at this hallowed resting place to pay tribute to the fearless Americans who gave their last breath in that mighty struggle, ' Trump said at the USA cemetery.
'You look so comfortable up there, under shelter, as we're getting drenched. "You're very smart people!"
Trump spent the majority of Saturday at the USA ambassador's residence following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.
President Trump was among dozens of leaders attending the centennial anniversary ceremony. But a light, steady rain and a low cloud ceiling prevented his helicopter from going to the site.
He attended an internationally broadcast gathering for world leaders at the Arc de Triomphe and lunched with his counterparts earlier on Sunday before driving a half-hour outside of the city to Suresnes for the invite-only ceremony commemorating the end of WWI.
The White House has defended US President Donald Trump's decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday after he faced a critical backlash. In another tweet, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was seen, holding an umbrella in his hand, addressing the 2017 Remembrance Day ceremony in heavy rain.
The President didn't attend an event organised at Aisne-Marne American cemetery and memorial at Belleau, about 100 kilometres north of Paris, where he was supposed to lay a wreath on Saturday, because White House Officials said heavy rain had grounded his helicopter.