An announcement from President Donald Trump that he was canceling a scheduled press conference at the G-20 out of respect for the passing of former President George H.W. Bush was greeted with more than a little skepticism on Saturday morning.
Early Saturday, Trump tweeted, “I was very much looking forward to having a press conference just prior to leaving Argentina because we have had such great success in our dealing with various countries and their leaders at the G20…. However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference.”
Faced with the bombshell guilty plea and confession by his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, just as he left for Argentina, many on Twitter speculated that the president didn’t want to face a foreign press that can be even more hostile than American reporters.
As one Trump critic noted: “You respect nobody. Another funeral you will not be welcomed at. You canceled your press conference because you are afraid.”
You can see Trump’s tweets and responses to him below:
….However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
Yeah. Ok. Sure. https://t.co/S57xROEbTV
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) December 1, 2018
Relief, huh, not to answer Cohen/Russia questions?
RIP HW Bush
— pat sommer (@veganpat) December 1, 2018
— Mrs. Broke Ass Public School Teacher (@BrokeAssTeacher) December 1, 2018
Wow! Trumps presidency is such a clusterfuck dumpster fire that he has to cancel a press conference out of respect to the passing of another president? MAGA, I guess.
— Christopher Jones (@yerliberal) December 1, 2018
You could have started the press conference by giving your condolences on his passing and some kind respectful words about his presidency – but having no empathy that would be impossible – so probably best to cancel. #TrumpTotalDisgrace #DonTheCon
— Ms Tattygrass (@MTattygrass) December 1, 2018
— Mike Lahr (@SnarkyPost) December 1, 2018
…translation… "I'm really not in the mood to be compared to a superior human being right now"…
— LLMagan (@LaurieMagan) December 1, 2018
Couldn't do it could you? Had to some how make former President Bush passing about you.
— Marcos Griego (@mgalco) December 1, 2018
I just won a bet that he would make this about him within less tha 24 hours.
— Just The Tepe (@Dat_Tepe) December 1, 2018
You respect nobody.Another funeral you will not be welcomed at. You cancelled your press conference because you are afraid. Because every day you get closer to being in prison. Ane every day you say something stupid that makes it easier for Mueller.
— Typoknig (@RealTypoknig) December 1, 2018
— Dawn Holubiak (@DHolubiak) December 1, 2018
yeah right. Every real president would use the press-conference to honor G H W Bush, find words of respect and praise. Only fake presidents run away to avoid being held accountable
— carsten hucho (@Carsten_Hucho) December 1, 2018