People are outraged by a tardy Donald Trump tweet about the USS Fitzgerald tragedy. The tweet certainly did not sound as if the president had written it. Maybe his handlers were waiting for him to tweet. The peoples’ tweets that followed burned a hole in his response!
‘Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families. Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance’
Thoughts and prayers with the sailors of USS Fitzgerald and their families. Thank you to our Japanese allies for their assistance. https://t.co/d1l5ctjNyB
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2017
In an all-out search for seven missing US sailors, American and Japanese planes and ships took to the air and water. A Navy destroyer and a container ship four times larger than it hit before dawn. The Navy vessel limped back to its home port at the Yokosuka Naval Base, which is south of Tokyo.
The Japanese coast guard got an emergency call from a Japanese container ship saying that it had collided with the USS Fitzgerald about 2:20 a.m. local time. The coast guard treated the accident as possible professional negligence. Officials began interviewing crew members about how the crash happened.
At least three other Navy sailors were injured in the collision. Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin said:
‘This has been a difficult day. I am humbled by the bravery and tenacity of the
Fitzgerald crew. Now that the ship is in Yokosuka, I ask that you help the
families by maintaining their privacy as we continue the search for our
The tweets came down hard on Trump.
As a Navy veteran, I am appalled at your lack of leadership in taking this long to acknowledge this tragedy. Shame!
— Maggie Inahara (@MaggieInahara) June 17, 2017
You are not Commander-In-Chief, you are Commander-In-Shit. Deep Shit.
— PutinAintYourFriend (@lars_j_lindahl) June 17, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump 3 Years, 7 Months, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 51 Minutes, and 11 Seconds
— When Is Trump Gone? (@DaysLeft4Trump) June 17, 2017
sad that it took you this long to acknowledge this. Perhaps if you filled the gov positions this could have been avoided
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) June 17, 2017
Our Navy men and women deserve better.
— Vets Against Trump (@Vets_Vs_Trump) June 17, 2017
It’s a shame your incompetence has led to the absence of a secretary of the Navy and an ambassador to Japan.
— Charlie Proctor (@MonarchyUK) June 17, 2017
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) June 17, 2017
Remember that time you got in a fight with a gold star family?
— Emilia (@PoliticalEmilia) June 17, 2017
Only took 12 hours…
— Ade (@Ade__Star) June 17, 2017
Well it’s about time! The REAL President Obama would have made a Statement live. You are a wanna be about to be impeached!
— Lesa (@Sunshine061514) June 17, 2017
Screw you, Draft Dodger!
— Heidi Hoffman (@HeidiHo979) June 17, 2017
You are happy for the distraction! You don’t give a shit!
— Denise Kovac (@denise_kovac) June 17, 2017
Did you have to wait for Hillary Clintons lead…that’s a real President!
— Elias DeLaGarza, Jr. (@EliasDelagarza) June 17, 2017
This definitely doesnt sound like a tweet from the clown himself. Im sure it was written by an aide. Too professional.
— MontanaMan74 (@Dirtybird1974) June 17, 2017
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