But it was what he did during the national anthem that earned him flak on social media. The president, looking surprisingly cheerful, swayed back and forth and tapped his chest while singing the Star Spangled Banner during the opening ceremony, something which Twitter deemed highly inappropriate for the somber occasion.
Donald Trump was severely criticised for his singing and swaying.
This is Arlington. Not a rally. Just now. pic.twitter.com/Mz8CGJYUi0— drstef (@drstef) May 29, 2017
It is like whenever the national anthem is playing, Trump hears “happy birthday to me.”— drstef (@drstef) May 29, 2017
Trump is acting more like he's at his own Birthday party rather than a somber Memorial Day service at Arlington. What a nit wit!— Kathryn Straub (@KathrynStraub1) May 29, 2017
@MorabitoCM He looks absolutely insane, swaying from side to side, smiling his little smile, forgetting the words. Lord help us all.— Rokey (@rokeypdx) May 29, 2017
As trump bops his way during a solemn ceremony, singing and making an idiot out of himself, I am embarrassed for this country. Beyond sad.— Howard resist Trump (@Happyspal) May 29, 2017
Though some said there was nothing wrong with the singing.
@lookner I love President Trump's patriotism. I see nothing wrong with singing along with the anthem. I pity these hate filled people. Sad!— AndreaO (@AndreaOfee3) May 29, 2017
@drstef The melodramatic attacks on everything trump does is transparent and disgusting. Nothing wrong with singing the national anthem at Arlington— Dan Raunig (@Danjoe55) May 29, 2017
Meanwhile, his daughter and top White House adviser Ivanka Trump too managed to anger Twitter. The Twitter handle of her lifestyle company sent out a tweet with a holiday tip for Memorial Day.
Although the tweet was not sent out from her personal account, she was criticised by many including kin of war veterans for using the day as a "branding opportunity".