It took little time Tuesday morning for conservatives to turn the tragic attack in Brussels into an attack of their own on President Barack Obama for happening to be on a visit to Cuba.
Conservatives have been up in arms over President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba this week, marking the first time a U.S. president has visited the island nation in 88 years.
Earlier in the week, National Review knocked the president after he had his picture taken in front of a mural of Che Guevara, with editor Rich Lowry calling it, “President Obama’s Che moment.”
The Brussels attack opened another door to go after the president because he happened to be out of the country when it occurred.
Obama was also rapped he didn’t issue an official statement immediately in the aftermath — waiting to be briefed first — while GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump made the circuit of mornings shows spouting opinions and speculating.
Former Bush speechwriter and current Washington Post contributor Marc Thiessen got the ball rolling by tweeting,”Brussels under attack. Obama on a tourist trio in Havana with his family. Says it all.”
Richard Grenell, a former Mitt Romney advisor, expressed concern about the “optics,” writing, “Terrible optics: ISIS attacks Brussels and Obama is with the Castro Brothers in Cuba.”
A sampling below:
Brussels under attack. Obama on a tourist trio in Havana with his family. Says it all.
— Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) March 22, 2016
Terrible optics: ISIS attacks Brussels and Obama is with the Castro Brothers in Cuba.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) March 22, 2016
Obama’s G20 trip continued as planned after San Bernardino attack. Why would we expect the Cuba trip to change after the Brussels attack? — jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) March 22, 2016
Terrorist attack in Brussels and Obama is apologizing to the communists in Cuba. And everyone is befuddled about Trump’s popularity.
— Alexander Furman (@AlexanderFurman) March 22, 2016
#Brussels please let this be the day Obama grows a pair.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) March 22, 2016
Has anyone seen Obama denounce the murders in Brussels this morning? Must still be reveling in the police state ambiance of Cuba
— Steve Ferguson (@lsferguson) March 22, 2016
Horror in Brussels & Trump spoke on it in the past. Now it happened – where is Obama? In Cuba, Brussels attack is very low on hid list list — Sanjay- NY 4 TRUMP (@Sanjay25_) March 22, 2016
My thoughts with the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. And yesterday Obama posing smiling with sponsors of terrorism in Cuba.
— Alejandro Chafuen (@Chafuen) March 22, 2016