MSNBC anchor Keir Simmons hosted former four-star U.S. Admiral James Stavridis for expert analysis.
"Admiral, the last time I checked the history books, the allies did not choose to stop fighting on days when there was bad weather," Simmons noted.
"I think you've got to chalk this up as an unforced error," Stavridis answered.
"Let's face it, there is always a backup plan. I've planned dozens of these high-level trips when presidents and senior officials would come and visit Europe when I was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO," he explained. "There was certainly a way he could have gotten there. He should have done so."
"The other leaders made it, the optics are bad here," he added.
Stavridis also noted something of a pattern for this commander-in-chief.
"Frankly, he has yet to visit a war zone as president of the United States, he hasn't gone to Afghanistan to visit our troops," he noted. "I think optics -- bad on this one."
"I wish he'd made that trip," he added.