As hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the country, President Donald Trump headed out onto the links at his Florida golf course in a weekend ritual that saw him blatantly ignoring the calls from young Americans for tighter gun control.
The President’s motorcade was seen travelling through the streets of Palm Beach, Florida heading towards his palatial home at Mar-a-Lago without so much as a tweet acknowledging the thousands of concerned protestors.
Previous Saturday mornings have often been a key time in the president’s schedule when he would make statements or make outlandish remarks on issues that might be on his mind.
This was the scene on Pennsylvania Avenue at around 9am on Saturday morning as more and more protesters arrived with signs but Trump made no mention of it on Twitter or elsewhere
The President was unusually quiet on Twitter mentioning Friday’s attack in France and staying silent on massive protests against gun control taking place in American cities
Instead, the only tweet put out by the President on Saturday morning concerned Friday’s ISIS attack on a supermarket in the south of France which left three people dead.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the horrible attack in France yesterday, and we grieve the nation’s loss. We also condemn the violent actions of the attacker and anyone who would provide him support. We are with you!’
Yet, had the President been at home in Washington he would have doubtless heard the sounds of thousands of young people protesting.
Just feet away from Trump’s weekday residence at The White House, half a million people packed Pennsylvania Avenue for the March For Our Lives events against gun violence.
President Trump headed to the links at his golf course in Florida (file photo)
The main event was held in Washington DC where survivors from Stoneman Douglas High School gave passionate speeches calling for gun reform.
They were joined by a raft of stars including George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the event, Jimmy Fallon, Steven Spielberg, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus.
Another 800 events were held around the world including New York for the same cause, yet the President stayed silent on the cause behind the marches.
Instead, The White House acknowledged the protests in a statement.
‘We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today.
‘Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts, and signed them into law,’ it read.
The motorcade carrying U.S. President Donald Trump is pictured making its way to the Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Florida
The President found a couple of supporters in Florida standing by ready to greet him
Hundreds of thousands of people filled Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC on Saturday for the March For Our Lives against gun violence. The President stayed silent on the topic
Trump boasted about the rule on Friday night online.
The activists protesting on Saturday want to see lawmakers take more action and are asking for assault rifles to be outlawed, something which has not been promised.
Trump’s silence is all the more surprising given the fact he met with survivors of the Valentine’s Day Parkland shooting at the White House.
The President met dozens of guests who had been directly impacted by the shooting that left 17 dead, including 14 children, and told them that he was listening to their concerns.
At the same event, the President put forward a proposal to arm up to a fifth of teachers.
Survivors of the Parkland shooting and their parents begged President Donald Trump when they met him last month at the White House to act on gun violence
The President was spotted holding a cue card with suggested questions to ask suriviors including ‘What would you most want me to know about your experience?’ and ‘What can we do to help you feel safe?’
‘To me there can be nothing worse than what you’ve gone through,’ he told the victims, before bringing up reforms to the system that his administration had backed publicly.
He told the survivors of the shooting and their parents that he grieved for them during the listening session at the White House, in which many of the guests implored the president to take immediate action on gun violence.
Shortly after the meeting, the president came under fierce criticism last month after a photo emerged of him holding a note, written on White House letterhead, reminding him to listen to the concerns of the students who had survived the shooting.
Point number five was a reminder to himself to tell his guests: ‘I hear you.’ Other questions that were also visible on the card included: ‘What would you most want me to know about your experience?’ and ‘What can we do to help you feel safe?’