People of the Internet are baffled by a series of upbeat Tweets that show US President Donald Trump smiling and giving the ‘thumbs up’ with the officers from the scene of the Florida school shooting, where 17 people were murdered.
And if that wasn't enough to ruffle feathers, he's also being slammed for making one of the photographs the banner on his Twitter page.
Critics suggested the use of the images, all of which show the President grinning from ear-to-ear or giving the ‘thumbs up’, undermined the gravity of the situation, especially in light of the US government’s ongoing refusal to address or change gun control laws.
Posting on Reddit, one commenter said: “The further those people are standing away from him, the less they are smiling. Also, his wife in this white dress, like it's a red carpet. Those people are so far removed from reality it's just sad."
Twitter also had a lot to say:
Just an odd photo to have posed for and have taken and an even odder decision to make it THE background photo of a social media platform. https://t.co/TTQNEfjpAb— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) February 17, 2018
How can you stand there smiling and give a thumbs up when 17 Americans were killed in one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings? Where is your courage to stand up to the @NRA, @realDonaldTrump? https://t.co/8aLJeEG7zW— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) February 17, 2018
Donald Trump Twitter banner is now him smiling with a thumbs up next to the cops who arrived to the scene of 17 murdered teachers and students. AND they're in front of a aerial pictures of the school. pic.twitter.com/4UTNv4tepq— Lane Register (@LaneRegister420) February 17, 2018
Here’s Trump’s new header pic. He’s meeting with Florida police about the Parkland shooting and giving a thumbs up like he’s at the grand opening of a car lot. pic.twitter.com/IQhnsTPIfv— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 17, 2018
Trump’s meeting with the first responders was a somber occasion to reflect on a national tragedy. It is now his twitter handle photo, in which he’s smiling with his thumbs up.— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 17, 2018
What a sick sociopath— haunted by tweets (@angelcolberg) February 17, 2018
Trump, who was accompanied by his wife First Lady Melania Trump at the visit to South Florida Hospital, praised medics who worked endlessly in the horrific aftermath of last Wednesday's massacre.
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“Thank you all very much. Fantastic job. Thank you,” he told them. “Incredible job and everybody is talking about it."
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have since called upon the President to address gun laws and have suggested they will stage a school walk out on April 20 to draw congress attention to the issue.
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