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Melania Trump's Korean War Memorial visit without a mask labeled reckless: 'No shame around elderly veterans?'

FLOTUS was trolled after sharing a number of photos from her visit to commemorate 70 years since the start of the Korean War
UPDATED JUN 28, 2020
(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Melania Trump faced mojor backlash after sharing a number of photos from the first couple's visit to the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. on her Twitter on Friday, June 26, as social media users accused her of not caring about the well-being of the war veterans, many of whom are senior citizens, by not wearing a face mask. “Yesterday, the President of the United States and I visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial to commemorate 70 years since the start of the Korean War and to pay our respects to the brave Americans who lost their lives fighting for our freedoms," the first lady tweeted, along with a number of snaps fro the event. Instead of being touted for her visitation with her husband, the FLOTUS was criticized for not wearing a face mask while meeting with the vets and flouting the CDC guidelines. 

You can see the images here. 

“It would have been more respectful if you’d worn masks," one of them said, while another wrote, “Given the advanced ages of these veterans and your penchant for travel to infected parts of the country, I consider your actions reckless.” A third user commented, "Why were you both not protecting their wellbeing by wearing masks." A fourth opined, "Without a mask. How selfish and disrespectful.”

The trolling continued with another user commenting: "NO SHAME OR MASKS around elderly veterans ..WHY? You posed with a mask about a month ago. You really don't care, do you?"

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (Source: Getty Images)

The mother-of-one is frequently seen not wearing a mask while in the company of the POTUS as experts contemplated that the reason behind the same could be because President Donald Trump detests covering his face with a mask while out in public or addressing the press because he considers it a sign of weakness. This was despite the fact that Melania had released PSA videos on her social media where she advised her followers to follow the CDC guidelines and wear face masks while going out in public places.

At the end of April, after weeks of people criticizing Melania for staying silent on the issue of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, she released the first PSA on her Twitter page, where she offered tips on ways people can stay connected and reminded them that we are all in this together. “Today I want to speak with you about coronavirus and what means for you and your family. While changes need to be made now, this is not how we will live forever. Our children will return to school, people will return to work, and we will gather at the places of worship, concerts and sporting events again. I urge you to stay connected to family and loved ones through video chats, phone calls, social media, and other safe technologies. Stay safe. And remember while many of us are apart, we are all in this together,” the FLOTUS said.

Earlier that month Melania shared her first social media post addressing the deadly virus. In her tweet, the 49-year-old also encouraged people to visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website for more information. “Our great country is fighting hard against the #Coronavirus. This nation is strong & ready & we will overcome. Please take action to prevent further spread. Visit for updated health info & updates,” she tweeted.