President Trump jetted off to Palm Beach, Florida this weekend for President’s Day, but made a note to skip a day of golf on Saturday in light of the shooting that took 17 lives at a high school just miles away from his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Speaking to Bloomberg, White House aides said Trump’s decision to forgo the links was out of respect for the victims killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.
During his trip to Florida, Trump visited recovering shooting victims in a local hospital on Friday.
“It’s sad something like that could happen,” he said, adding that the doctors are “incredible,” according to The Hill.
While visiting with police officers and first responders who were at the scene the shooting, Trump joked with officers who arrested 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz, telling an officer, “That was so modest, I would have told it much differently.”
“I would have said without me, they never would have found him,” Trump reportedly said.
When news of Trump self-imposed golfing restriction made the rounds on Twitter, some were skeptical of his intent.
We KNOW @POTUS cares for no one but himself so some advisers must have him tied up, in reality, to make it appear like he’s some sort of human.
— Kat Godspell News & Comment 🌹 (@KatGodspell) February 17, 2018
There’s always tomorrow and Monday. Trust me Trump will golf this weekend. One day off? So generous.
— April (@speakout_april) February 17, 2018
So we’ve gotten to the point where the President NOT playing golf is news.
— Charlie Wood (@cwood) February 17, 2018
That probably pulled a muscle in his hand doing all those preposterous thumps-up at the hospital yesterday.
— Haverford (@haverford5) February 17, 2018
Translation: Trump was advised the optics of his golfing today would be bad. Trump is now sulking in his room watching #foxnews
— Senorita Gitana (@Gitana_East) February 17, 2018
This Saturday marks the 127th time Trump has visited one of his properties while in office.
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