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Trump Signs Kid's Hat, Then Throws It Into Crowd (Video)

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After being asked to sign a young person's hat, President Donald Trump obliged -- but then threw it at the crowd below during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 17 (video below).

"Here you go, kids!" Trump said as he threw the hat, BuzzFeed reports.

While the hat's owner did manage to catch it, it's not clear whether or not Trump meant to give it back, which sparked controversy.

A BuzzFeed survey reveals 88 percent of readers believe "Trump just threw it and the kid managed to catch it."

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"Looks like he literally forgot it was that kid's hat," tweeted one user in response to Politico's tweet about the incident. "Like he's that dumb, that self-absorbed, or that memory-impaired. Or all three."

"Maybe it's just part of his nature to be a jerk and a bully, especially to little kids," chimed in another person.

Others, however, pointed to footage revealing Trump may have been intentionally trying to throw it back to the kid.

"Appears, in another angle, that he threw it back to the teen who handed it to him," wrote one Twitter user.

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"I can't stand Trump but he had to toss it so that the teen who handed it to him could get it back," added another. "Fair is fair he didn't make a kid cry."

"Perspective means everything these days," added a third person.

The incident reflects just how closely the public and media are watching Trump during each and every appearance.

Critics had already condemned Trump for planning the event later than usual before this new controversy emerged, reports The New York Times.

"It’s the single most high-profile event that takes place at the White House each year, and the White House and the first lady are judged on how well they put it on," explains Melinda Bates, who organized Easter Egg Rolls under former President Bill Clinton. "I’m really concerned for the Trump people, because they have failed to fill some really vital posts, and this thing is all hands on deck."

However, the Trump administration explained they spent less time planning the event based on past feedback that it "had become so large that many children were not able to enjoy the planned activities."

"Our team has been working very hard to make this year’s event a success," Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s communications director, said. "I am confident that the success of this year’s Easter Egg Roll will speak for itself."

Sources: BuzzFeed, Politico/Twitter, The New York Times, YouTube / Photo credit: Etsy via CNN

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