Photos of President Trump and family enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at Mar-a-Lago spark criticism
Americans are dragging President Donald Trump and his family online after the First Family was pictured enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at their private estate in Florida.
The President of the United States, yesterday, hosted family and guests to a lavish Thanksgiving dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Present at the affair were the First Lady, Melania Trump, her son, Barron, the president’s older children Ivanka Trump and her kids, Eric Trump and his wife Lara, and Tiffany Trump.
“Shouldn’t he be serving it to troops he sent to the border and away from their families? Seems to me like that’s what a real man would do."
According to The Hill, the dinner menu was an elaborate one, featuring a full salad bar and a chilled seafood display with crab, oysters, jumbo shrimp and clams.
There was also a carving station with turkey, beef tenderloin, lamb and salmon, while the entrees for dinner were Chilean Seabass, Red Snapper, and Braised short ribs. Whipped potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables, and traditional stuffing were among the sides.
“Mar-a-Lago: where women in furs and men in diamond jewelry and monogrammed slippers mingle with Sylvester Stallone and Fabio at New Year’s celebrations and Don King rubs elbows with Cabinet members, could-be ambassadors and the “MyPillow” guy at dinner” https://t.co/PdcpInICV2— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) November 21, 2018
OUTRAGE ON TWITTER
The publication posted a photo from the event on their Twitter page, and social media users responded swiftly with mostly disapproving comments.
While some people berated the president for throwing such a party at the expense of taxpayers, others compared the celebration to that of the former president Barack Obama.
"When I see foreign leaders, they say, ‘We cannot believe the difference in strength between the United States now and the United States two years ago.'”
“Here's how President Obama spent his last Thanksgiving in the White House: Notice the difference?” tweeted one user, along with a photo of Obama serving food to others.
Trump at Thanksgiving dinner in Mar-a-Lago pic.twitter.com/W2BPmc3Iz6— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) November 23, 2018
Another person said:
“Soooo essentially, American taxpayers are paying for trump to throw a dinner party for his Uber rich buddies, in which he is profiting from their membership?”
“Shouldn’t he be serving it to troops he sent to the border and away from their families? Seems to me like that’s what a real man would do,” chimed in a third.
As at the time of writing, the tweet has 1000 comments from angry Americans, but that was not the only thing that sparked criticism.
THANKFUL FOR HIMSELF
During the Mar-a-Lago dinner, reporters asked President Trump what he’s most grateful for. He briefly mentioned his “great family” before launching into a glowing appraisal of his achievements as president.
"I've made a tremendous difference in the country. This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you wouldn't believe it. When I see foreign leaders, they say, ‘We cannot believe the difference in strength between the United States now and the United States two years ago.'”
“How selfish can one person be? What about your family. The things that God has given you? What about life.?” asked one user on Twitter.
“Did he really say this?” asked another person who was probably finding it hard to believe. “Come on now, not on Thanksgiving. Dude is such a narcissist.”
It’s been a season of backlash for the POTUS and his family this Thanksgiving. First, Melania was slammed for her choice of outfit at the Turkey pardoning ceremony. Then, netizens took offense with her Thanksgiving Day tweet that read:
"Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving! As we give thanks, let’s keep those who can’t be with their families in our thoughts today."
Folks were quick to remind her that her husband, the president, recently deployed over 5,000 American troops to the southern U.S. border in what has been considered to be a costly political stunt.
The man who claimed he would be the “most militaristic” president ever spent his Thanksgiving at his luxury Palm Beach country club, whose members pay six-figure initiation fees that profit Trump personally. https://t.co/Yfh2PoSntU— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 22, 2018
Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday, the president held a conference call with leaders from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard. He expressed profound gratitude from him and his wife and told them: “Your courage truly inspires us.”