Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, has been criticised for saying that the Paralympics is “a little tough to watch.”
While talking at a White House ceremony that was honouring the Olympic and Paralympic athletes of the United States, the President said: “It’s a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could.”
Some top American athletes that competed during the Winter Olympics were not in attendance during the said event, including skier Lindsey Vonn and Gus Kenworthy, and skater Adam Rippon.
The trio did not attend the ceremony because of political reasons.
On Twitter, Rippon wrote:
“Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going. I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favourite causes. https://twitter.com/usatodaysports/status/989532104542359552 …”
The White House ceremony was attended by approximately 150 Olympic and Paralympic athletes who had competed during the recently concluded Winter Games that were held at Pyeongchang.
It follows news that President Trump will come to the United Kingdom on an official visit in July this year.