Re: Trump’s tweet about “138 million people” being killed in Sri Lanka, which stayed up for 20 minutes today: When someone can’t get the little stuff right, it makes you worry about the big stuff. pic.twitter.com/YwC4bDFq30— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 21, 2019
I wonder how many of Trump’s supporters now truly believe that 138 million Sri Lankans died today, despite there only being 21 million Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka.— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) April 21, 2019
This was a Terrible tragedy, and in times like these the leader of the free world must be more responsible.
Trump just irresponsibly claimed 138 MILLION people were killed in the Sri Lanka bombings. The entire population of Sri Lanka is about 21 million.— Anonymous White House Official (@littledeekay) April 21, 2019
Death toll from Sri Lanka terror attacks rises to 262 with more than 450 injured, sources say – NewsFirst TV— BNO News (@BNONews) April 22, 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.