Donald Trump Under Fire Again. This Time, For Golfing And Tweeting From Virginia During McCain's Funeral
September 3, 2018 14:20 By Fabiosa
After about a week of activities celebrating one of America’s finest lawmakers, the late Senator John McCain was laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday, September 2. A horse-drawn caisson carried the senator’s casket, followed by a procession of family and close friends.
Leading the procession was Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Senator, and his three children. Also, in attendance were the members of McCain’s Class of 1958. In a traditional millitary fashion, the former POW was celebrated by an aircraft flyover in the 'missing man' formation.
President Trump was not invited
Before his passing, McCain requested that his funeral be kept private. The list of pallbearers included two men, who were POWs with McCain in Vietnam, John Fer and Everett Alvarez Jr.
President Trump reportedly spent the hours during McCain’s funeral golfing in Virginia, since he was not on the guest list, as requested by McCain.
While mourners attended McCain's memorial service, the president was playing golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Loudoun County, Va.— Lee DaBord (@GWforumLakers) September 3, 2018
During the time, the President sent out a number of tweets about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the Canadian government.
There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal. If we don’t make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out. Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2018
He's still feeling the heat
Many observers on Twitter were quite upset with the President, calling him out for his insensitivity, and suggested that he was disrespectful to McCain by tweeting and golfing during the funeral. And they were not alone. Even pro-Trump supporters and prominent Republicans find the President’s actions distasteful.
How about you stop tweeting for just two hours while we respect John McCain.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) September 1, 2018
However, some commentators feel the President was well in his rights to spend his weekend the way he wanted, seeing as he was not invited to the funeral.
Well my personal opinion is what’s wrong with President Trump playing golf when he was disrespected by McCain or the McCain family by not sending an invitation to attend the funeral since he is our President of the USA and should have been invited . Play golf President Trump ! https://t.co/ADaTLw9Qlw— Teresa Clark 🇺🇸 (@TClark_nurse99) September 3, 2018
I have a problem that Trump was out playing golf (at the taxpayers' expense) during McCain's funeral.— Rick (@response_w) September 3, 2018
Last week, President Trump drew sharp criticism from politicians on both sides of the divide when he reluctantly acknowledged the death of McCain with a two-line tweet. Relations between the President and McCain in the past were tense, and the President openly expressed his dislike of the late Senator.
While the President may be in his rights to spend his personal time as he wishes, it is quite sad that he would intentionally refuse to pay McCain the respect he deserves, even more so, as the late McCain was a staunch Republican.