Following their visit with first responders and injured survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump and the First Lady stopped by a disco-themed party at Mar-A-Lago Friday night.
A photo posted on Instagram captured the first couple sitting down and chatting while people socialized around them in a luridly lit room of Trump’s resort.
“Please take note that the President did NOT dance,” Instagram user Sean Bianca wrote before the photo was removed later Saturday and her Instagram account was switched to private. “He and the First Lady were there for a short time but neither was dancing around as one should have expected. Their mood was somber and they were there for a very short time.”
The inappropriateness of attending a party after the solemn meeting with those still grappling with such a tragedy was not lost on social media users, nor was it the only aspect of Trump's trip that brought criticism:
The president’s attendance at the disco party occurred amid a Twitter storm over a group photo featuring a smiling Trump giving a thumbs up while posing with law enforcement officers who responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The photo is Trump’s new header photo on his Twitter page. Twitter comments slammed the president’s “tone-deaf” demeanor.
In light of the close proximity of Mar-A-Lago to Parkland, Trump chose to forego the usual gold outing this weekend, according to White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs:
The president will not be golfing on this sunny Saturday in Palm Beach.
White House wants to respect the dead and the mourners, I’m told. Mar-a-Lago is only about half an hour from the site of the Parkland school shooting, and memorial services continue.