Donald Trump has blasted “bad apples” who are canceling his planned Europe tour, saying the decision to cancel was “unacceptable” and “very disappointing”.
The US president tweeted on Tuesday that he is “not going to be a part of it” and he would be “sending my condolences to the families of those killed”.
But Mr Trump’s announcement came after a flurry of media reports that the tour was set to take place in Austria and Belgium, despite the fact that those countries were hit by the EU’s travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“The cancellation of the tour is unacceptable,” Mr Trump wrote.
“We are sending my condolences and our deepest sympathies to the people of Belgium, Austria and Germany.
We are very saddened by the news.”
The president did not name the countries or the tour’s organizers.
But the president did blame “bad people” for the cancellation.
“Bad people have taken advantage of the bad times we are in.
This is not good for America,” he said.”
But we are going to continue with this, and I know I have the great support of the American people.”
Mr Trump said the tour will take place on the first leg of the US presidential trip, which begins on Friday in Texas, with stops in Arizona, Florida and New York.
The US President tweeted that he would send his condolences to victims of the Brussels terror attack.
“Just heard from the family of Sgt La David Johnson who was killed today in #Belgium,” he wrote.
The president is currently in the Philippines for the APEC summit and has not spoken to the press since his first trip to Europe.
On Wednesday, he tweeted that it was “really nice” that he was staying at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, and he did not need to visit the White House.
“Thanks to @WhiteHouse for staying at Mar-A-Lago for the past couple of days, and for all the great things going on in our country!” he wrote in a tweet that was later deleted.