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Donald Trump Under Fire For Tweeting About His Approval Rating Instead Of 7 Dead U.S. Sailors


Donald Trump Under Fire For Tweeting About His Approval Rating Instead Of 7 Dead U.S. Sailors

President Donald Trump is being criticized for his failure to comment on the confirmation that seven missing American sailors were declared dead following a destroyer’s collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan this weekend.

The President’s last reference to the unfolding tragedy was to send his “thoughts and prayers” to the families of the missing sailors as the search for them continued to unfold in a 7am ET tweet on Saturday morning.

As the Daily Dot notes: “since the sailors were reported to have died about 12 hours later, there have been no further words, whether memorials or condolences, from the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.”

This could change as time goes by, but he’s already drawn sharp criticism for failing to comment on the tragedy with appropriate speed. Especially since he evidently had the time to do so―he’s already tweeted multiple times on Sunday morning, focusing instead on bragging about his approval rating and calling the widely reported obstruction of justice investigation he’s facing a “witch hunt.”

Many on Twitter condemned the president for putting his poll numbers ahead of the grieving families of the deceased soldiers:

The Daily Dot adds:

Trump’s sentiment is actually similar to when he congratulated himself after the Pulse nightclub shooting and for pointing to himself when Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot in Chicago.

It remains to be seen if and when Trump will acknowledge the deaths of the sailors―it’d frankly be startling for him not to. He also made no mention of Father’s Day in his trio of early morning tweets—which, while still not honoring the dead, would have nonetheless been a more positive message.


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