Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Trump Erroneously Tweets Insane Casualty Numbers in Condolences to Sri Lanka

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President Trump’s Deleted Tweet from April,21,2019.



This was a horrific terrorist attack and I don’t want to make light of that. And that is the point really. The president shouldn’t be taking these things lightly either. To just tweet out, off the cuff, some random crap that’s rolling around in his head, that he might have misheard as “Breaking News” on Fox, is totally irresponsible.

As President of the United States he has the resources available to find out the real information, and the real numbers, in real time. He also has a responsibility to conduct himself in a professional manor on the world stage.

A responsible president would have made some calls and properly informed himself before sitting down to write a thoughtfully crafted statement of condolence. He would have had a staffer proofread it. If, at that point, it was appropriate to post it to Twitter, one would think the same care would be used to make sure he got it right.

This isn’t a game and I don’t think the president understands that yet. His general lack of respect of the office he holds and the carelessness in which he abuses this power is unprecedented and reckless. Wars have been started over far less things.