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… https://t.co/Z7aRSdNxgY— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1543677718.0
Yeah. Ok. Sure. https://t.co/S57xROEbTV— Jonathan Capehart (@Jonathan Capehart) 1543678907.0
@realDonaldTrump Relief, huh, not to answer Cohen/Russia questions? RIP HW Bush— pat sommer (@pat sommer) 1543681185.0
Trump didn't cancel press conferences out of respect to Bush Sr. He doesn't want to have to discuss Cohen and his o… https://t.co/PaeRFajUNC— Mrs. Broke Ass Public School Teacher (@Mrs. Broke Ass Public School Teacher) 1543683396.0
@NBCNews Wow! Trumps presidency is such a clusterfuck dumpster fire that he has to cancel a press conference out of… https://t.co/C6y73Qvdnt— Sleeping Class Hero (@Sleeping Class Hero) 1543678019.0
@realDonaldTrump You could have started the press conference by giving your condolences on his passing and some kin… https://t.co/ZLkGgStx0k— Ms Tattygrass (@Ms Tattygrass) 1543679298.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/7nVhRxVxEU— Mike Lahr (@Mike Lahr) 1543681911.0
@realDonaldTrump ...translation... "I'm really not in the mood to be compared to a superior human being right now"...— LLMagan 🧙🏼♀️ (@LLMagan 🧙🏼♀️) 1543681788.0
@realDonaldTrump Couldn't do it could you? Had to some how make former President Bush passing about you.— Marcos Griego (@Marcos Griego) 1543682761.0
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS I just won a bet that he would make this about him within less tha 24 hours.— Just The Tepe (@Just The Tepe) 1543681495.0
@realDonaldTrump You respect nobody.Another funeral you will not be welcomed at. You cancelled your press conferenc… https://t.co/j39oKsTcE1— Typoknig (@Typoknig) 1543679948.0
@realDonaldTrump Coward— Dawn Holubiak (@Dawn Holubiak) 1543682003.0
@realDonaldTrump yeah right. Every real president would use the press-conference to honor G H W Bush, find words of… https://t.co/fbmcnQW80i— carsten hucho (@carsten hucho) 1543682011.0