Politics

Trump’s Two Personas on Full Display After Shooting

President hints he will visit with families of victims this weekend

Students are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a shooting there left 17 dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The two public personas of Donald Trump were on full display Friday morning, illustrated by a pair of tweets posted just a dozen minutes apart.

In the first social media post, the president flashed the somber side he has shown in the midst of some national tragedies and disasters since he took office. Trump suggested he will be meeting with family members and others affected by the high school massacre in Parkland, Florida, over the long Presidents Day weekend.

“I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on earth — but people whose lives have been totally shattered,” Trump wrote with no additional context.

Trump is slated to leave the White House this afternoon en route to his South Florida resort, which is about 40 miles from Parkland. The public schedule the White House released Thursday evening, however, did not list a Parkland visit; White House officials around 10 a.m. indicated an update on the president’s travel plans would be announced soon.

Exactly 12 minutes later, Trump’s “street fighter” persona was back.

The around 690,000 undocumented individuals protected by the DACA program have been “totally abandoned” by congressional Democrats, he tweeted, adding he “Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats.”

Republicans, on the other hand, “are still working hard” to legalize that program and keep them safe from possible deportation, the GOP president added.

A Senate immigration proposal backed by the White House that would have addressed the DACA program got the fewest number of votes (39) out of four plans that received procedural floor votes on Thursday.

Watch: Trump Sends Condolences to Florida Shooting Victims and Families

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