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A White House correspondent who reports for London-based news outlet The Independent mocked President Donald Trump on social media minutes after his brother Robert’s funeral on Friday.
“Robert, I Love You. Rest In Peace!” President Trump wrote on Twitter Friday evening following the funeral.
About 10 minutes later, Andrew Feinberg of Breakfast Media responded in a now-deleted tweet, “Not sure twitter works in the hereafter.”
Needless to say, Feinberg’s tweet drew no small amount of outrage and condemnation.
“This is not acceptable,” Tim Murtaugh, the Trump reelection campaign’s communications director, wrote in a post that included a screengrab of Feinberg’s tweet.
This is not acceptable. pic.twitter.com/So5ERYV5gc
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) August 22, 2020
“Absolutely disgusting!” Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere added.
Absolutely disgusting! https://t.co/weXXdK3Lu9
— Judd Deere 45 Archived (@JuddPDeere45) August 22, 2020
Others were equally outraged.
you're an ass. thanks for letting us all know.
— Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) August 22, 2020
.@AndrewFeinberg, you are a ghoul.
That is all. pic.twitter.com/BQCXD7XqZP
— Andrew J. Sciascia (@AndrewJSciascia) August 22, 2020
— Heartless Guard on the Hill (@NewYearsDani) August 22, 2020
Rather than apologize, however, Feinberg portrayed himself as the victim and clapped back at Murtaugh and Deere.
“Hi, Tim. You know full well how to reach me if have a problem with something I’ve written, and had you chosen to do so, I’d have been happy to address this. What’s unacceptable is you firing up your campaign’s harassment machine instead of acting like an adult,” Feinstein wrote in another tweet that’s since been deleted.
“You *definitely* know how to reach me if you have a problem, Judd. Because you and your colleagues have approached me about such matters before — and you know I’ve been responsive — it’s clear that your intent here is to direct harassment, not express any legitimate concerns,” he wrote in response to Deere, a tweet that he deleted as well.
Robert Trump, who formally held a top position in the Trump Organization, died peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 15 following a prolonged illness.
The youngest of the Trump clan, he spent a week in the ICU at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City earlier this summer.
President Trump was especially close to Robert, but he is close to his other siblings as well.
On Friday, reporters were invited to witness as Robert Trump’s casket was carried out of the White House following his funeral.
“Reporters were called to witness the casket of the President’s late brother, Robert Trump, being carried out of the White House and transferred into a hearse following the memorial service. Per pool reporter @GabbyOrr_ bagpipers played the hymn ‘Abide With Me,’” CBS News White House producer Sara Cook wrote on Twitter.
Reporters were called to witness the casket of the President's late brother, Robert Trump, being carried out of the White House and transferred into a hearse following the memorial service. Per pool reporter @GabbyOrr_ bagpipers played the hymn “Abide With Me." pic.twitter.com/vnsM64mBJj
— Sara Cook (@saraecook) August 21, 2020
“President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump follow behind as the casket of his late brother, Robert Trump, is carried following a private memorial service at the White House,” noted New York-based Reuters editor Corrine Perkins, tweeting out a picture of the procession.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump follow behind as the casket of his late brother, Robert Trump, is carried following a private memorial service at the White House. Photo by @tombrennerphoto pic.twitter.com/HKRfEw8Ykc
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) August 21, 2020
ABC News posted a short video of the procession of pallbearers as they brought Robert Trump’s casket down the steps at the rear of the White House to a waiting hearse.
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) August 21, 2020
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