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Trump slammed by critics after using Amtrak derailment to tweet about his infrastructure plan

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President Donald Trump on Sunday.

After an Amtrak train derailed in Washington state on Monday, killing at least six people, President Trump used the event in a tweet as an example of why lawmakers should approve his infrastructure plan.

Trump was swiftly criticized, as many people pointed out he did not address the six dead in the tweet.

However, 10 minutes later, Trump followed up with another post — although it did not seem to appease some.

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A US official had also told reporters shortly before Trump’s tweet that preliminary signs indicate the train may have struck something on the track before derailing, leading some to question Trump’s highlighting infrastructure issues.

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Others slammed Trump for politicizing the event.