The president was visiting the state after it was hit on March 3 with its deadliest tornado outbreak in six years. In all, 23 people were killed–including a 6-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl.
Responding to Trump’s announcement of the trip, Lieu wrote “WE ARE IN THE THIRD WEEK OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY! Can you feel the emergency? Is this why [Trump] is going to Alabama, because we need to build a Wall along Alabama’s southern border? Oh wait, I just looked at the map…#FridayMorning Thoughts.”
After realizing that the President was visiting Alabama to meet with the tornado victims, Lieu deleted the tweet and wrote, “I have concluded based on Twitter comments I received that my last tweet was inappropriate. I understand the purpose now of the President’s visit to Alabama. I apologize and am going to delete my tweet.”
I have concluded based on Twitter comments I received that my last tweet was inappropriate. I understand the purpose now of the President's visit to Alabama. I apologize and am going to delete my tweet.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 8, 2019
The Daily Caller notes that Lieu has a history of attacking the Trump Administration:
“Lieu, whose Twitter bio claims he doesn’t ‘take orders from Putin,’ is a frequent and vociferous critic of the Trump administration. Among his attacks, he has accused Vice President Mike Pence of ‘cloaking [his] hate’ in Christianity, called for a criminal investigation of former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, said Justice Brett Kavanaugh is an angry drunk and accused White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of lying about tax reform.”