Between phone calls with the Crown Prince of the UAE and the acting South Korean president, the President took four hours to sit with his family and other White House staffers to watch Disney’s ‘Finding Dory’.
The film, sequel to the world-record-selling ‘Finding Nemo’, is an uplifting animated film about a fish’s journey to reunite with her parents.
And as the repercussions of the President’s executive order to restrict immigrants and refugees travelling from some Muslim-majority countries unfolded, the irony of his selection did not go unnoticed.
Chris Lu, the US Deputy Secretary of Labour, took to Twitter to mock the President’s choice of film.
He wrote: “Trump is screening ‘Finding Dory today: the story of a foreigner entering the US to reunite with her parents #irony.”
The President screened the film Sunday afternoon according to a schedule released to the media.
Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory, condemned Trump’s executive order after it was revealed the White House would screen the film.
She tweeted: “For me, America is great because of all the people who came here. Not in spite of them. #NoBan.”
She added: “P.S. My grandparents were immigrants. The woman making us pizza right now is Muslim. And I’m grateful for all of them. #NoBan.”
The President has been widely condemned for his executive order.
Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory, tweeted her disapproval of the order.
The billionaire Republican’s executive order sparked outrage globally after it was announced on Saturday.
A petition in Britain to block Trump’s planned state visit to the UK garnered 800,000 signatures after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested he should be banned.
He said: “Is it really right to endorse somebody who has used this awful misogynistic language throughout the election campaign, awful attacks on Muslims, and then of course this absurd idea of building a wall between themselves and their nearest neighbour?
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Trump speaks briefly to reporters as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews
“I think we should make it very clear we are extremely upset about it, and I think it would be totally wrong for him to be coming here while that situation is going on.”
Corbin added: “In think he has to be challenged on this.”