There’s no denying Donald Trump loves to tweet, but when given the opportunity to craft 140-character messages to comfort those in need, he hasn’t been very reliable.
As the potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma slams islands in the Caribbean, likely heading towards the U.S. east coast, President Trump has sent out two tweets about the storm … and boy are they weird.
At first glance the tweets might seem alright. They’re surprisingly tame given Trump’s record, and he notes that his team is already stationed in Florida, which sounds positive.
But the tweets are brief, braggy, and make absolutely no mention of all the people in the hurricane’s path who are likely to be affected by the storm.
Quite frankly, they sound as though they came from a cable news weather nerd rather than the leader of a country.
While such a delayed and seemingly tone deaf reaction from the President of the United States may shock some, Trump’s Irma tweets aren’t much different from his early tweets on Hurricane Harvey.
In late August after a state of emergency from Hurricane Harvey had been declared in and around Houston, Trump also tweeted nonchalantly about the natural disaster.
After calling out the “great coordination” between government agencies he simply tweeted, “Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. Thousands rescued.”
Trump then went on to recommend a book to his followers as though the flooding and lives being lost in Texas were NBD. He continued tweeting for hours without once mentioning the city that was in turmoil.
11 tweets later, Trump finally used the word “Houston.”
With Hurricane Irma already being dubbed one of most intense storms on record in the Atlantic, you’d think the president would at least have the decency to offer a message of support to those facing Irma or even bother to say the hurricane’s name — but no.
In the days leading up to Irma’s landfall, however, here are some things Trump did feel the need to tweet about:
He kicked off the week by prepping America for the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) scheme, which protects children of illegal immigrants in the U.S. from being deported.
He addressed Japan and South Korea’s ability to purchase military equipment from the country.
Oh, wait — back to immigration.
Finally, on Wednesday morning when Hurricane Irma made landfall in Barbuda, Trump announced bright and early that he’s headed to North Dakota to discuss tax reforms.
Could you at least try to get in touch with humanity, Trump? Just try.