Presidential Twitter Rant Doesn’t Include Mention of Man Who Died in Trump Tower Fire

Presidential Twitter Rant Doesn’t Include Mention of Man Who Died in Trump Tower Fire

In the last 24 hours, the president must have absconded to the bathroom with his phone again, sharing his “thoughts” on everything from the impending trade war with China, Scott Pruitt and the EPA, Mexico, dissing the nation’s top law enforcement agencies, Syria—and a few Obama digs thrown in for good measure. But in this entire tweetstorm, there was only one comment about the raging fire that swept through the 50th floor of the president’s New York home and offices in the Trump Tower Building. There was certainly no mention of Todd Brassner, the 67-year-old man who lost his life there. Saturday evening, the president tweeted about the blaze, only referencing New York’s Bravest (six of whom were injured in the fire) and how “well-built” the structure is—because if he’s not insulting someone else, our president is usually stroking himself. To be fair, initial reports did not include Brassner’s death, and the New York Fire Department later confirmed that the art dealer was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died. CNN reports that Brassner was unconscious and unresponsive when firefighters pulled him out of the horrific blaze that saw pieces of flaming debris fall from the skyscraper. The president did find time to offer his condolences to a Canadian hockey team after news of their bus crash, but so far mum’s the word on Brassner. On Sunday, the New York Daily News released a report outlining Trump’s “complicated history” with sprinklers at the Trump Tower residential quarters, sprinklers that were not installed during the fire. The 1998 fires, which sparked sweeping building code changes, killed three firefighters at the NYCHA-run housing for seniors and four more died of smoke inhalation at an Upper West Side high-rise where child actor Macaulay Culkin’s family lived. The optics of a man dead in a fire built by the president doesn’t look good – especially if the building doesn’t have sprinklers.

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A firefighter looks out from the window of a damaged apartment in Trump Tower in New York on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The New York Fire Department says the blaze broke out on the 50th floor shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday.
Photo: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

In the last 24 hours, the president must have absconded to the bathroom with his phone again, sharing his “thoughts” on everything from the impending trade war with China, Scott Pruitt and the EPA, Mexico, dissing the nation’s top law enforcement agencies, Syria—and a few Obama digs thrown in for good measure.

But in this entire tweetstorm, there was only one comment about the raging fire that swept through the 50th floor of the president’s New York home and offices in the Trump Tower Building.

There was certainly no mention of Todd Brassner, the 67-year-old man who lost his life there.

Saturday evening, the president tweeted about the blaze, only referencing New York’s Bravest (six of whom were injured in the fire) and how “well-built” the structure is—because if he’s not insulting someone else, our president is usually stroking himself.

To be fair, initial reports did not include Brassner’s death, and the New York…

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