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Trump Criticized For Plugging Book During Hurricane

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President Donald Trump is receiving criticism for bragging and making other political points while Texas floods.

During a series of tweets about Hurricane Harvey on the morning of Aug. 27, Trump also spoke about his 2016 presidential victory, about how he will make Mexico will pay for the border wall, and  about terminating NAFTA re-negotiations, reports Time.

Regarding the hurricane which is destroying parts of Texas, Trump tweeting that it was "going well!"

He said he would soon be visiting the Lone Star State to survey the damage in person. "I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption," he tweeted. "The focus must be life and safety."

Then he tweeted that Texas would not be the only state he would be visiting. "I will also be going to a wonderful state, Missouri, that I won by a lot in '16," he said.

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Later the same evening, he again tweeted about the hurricane, notes HuffPost. "HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas," he wrote. "Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible. Thanks!"

Trump's first tweet of the day was not about the disastrous hurricane, but rather about the book, "Cop Under Fire," by the controversial Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr.

“A great book by a great guy, highly recommended!” Trump said in his plug for the book, as quoted by The Inquisitr.

Clarke, an African-American who created a stir with his staunch opposition to Black Lives Matter and for saying that black Americans sell drugs “because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy, and they’re morally bankrupt," is known for his unfailing support of Trump.

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He was one of the few politicians who publicly agreed with Trump's response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In response to Trump's hardline stance on immigration, he promised to enlist part of his 800-man police force to round up illegal immigrants and deport them.

Whether or not Trump actually read Clarke's book is a matter of debate. The president isn't known as a book reader, notes The Inquisitr, citing the case of Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of Trump’s 1987 book, "The Art of the Deal," who once said that over a period of 18 months, he never saw a book in Trump's office or apartment.

In an March interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Trump admitted that he was trying to read a book, but was having a hard time doing it:

Well, you know, I love to read. Actually, I’m looking at a book, I’m reading a book, I’m trying to get started. Every time I do about a half a page, I get a phone call that there’s some emergency, this or that. But we’re going to see the home of Andrew Jackson today in Tennessee and I’m reading a book on Andrew Jackson. I love to read. I don’t get to read very much, Tucker, because I’m working very hard on lots of different things, including getting costs down. The costs of our country are out of control. But we have a lot of great things happening, we have a lot of tremendous things happening.

Sources: The Inquisitr, Time, HuffPost, Slate / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Pexels (2)

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