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President Trump Is Getting Dragged for This Tweet About the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Massacre

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U.S. President Donald Trump, waits to greet Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnam's prime minister, not pictured, at the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Trump hasn't yet decided whether to keep the U.S. in the landmark Paris agreement on climate change but is leaning toward exiting the accord, according to two people familiar with the matter. Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, vowing in a tweet that America will “NEVER FORGET” the 49 victims who lost their lives in the tragedy.

But for many of his critics, his sentiments came a year too late.

On the day of the shooting on June 12, 2016, before most of the victims were even identified, Trump, then a candidate, sent out a tweet congratulating himself on “being right on radical Islamic terrorism.”

“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” he wrote at the time. “I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

Now some of Trump’s critics are taking to Twitter to remind the world of his initial tweet — and to accuse the president himself of “pretending to care.”

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The backlash also came amid criticism from the LGBTQ community that Trump has failed to officially recognize June 2017 as Pride Month.

Tweeted on Twitter user: “#Orlando #LGBTQ doesn’t appreciate his snub on #Pride I personally feel he used Grief over #Pulse 2push DT’s agenda.”