President Donald Trump’s initial reaction to news of the terror attack that killed at least seven people in London was a Twitter message promoting his travel ban which has been tied up in the courts. He followed up with tweets offering support, attacking political correctness, criticizing gun control supporters and assailing London’s Muslim mayor with a quote apparently taken out of context.
Class discussion: Is tweeting an appropriate way for the president to react to world events? Are tweets better than a formal statement of condolences to the victims or holding a press conference about the situation? Are tweets more honest? How have foreign leaders reacted to the tweets? Do Trump’s tweets appear to deal more with political goals than the terror attack?