The Paralympic Games on Saturday responded to President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE’s comment that the games are “tough to watch,” tweeting that they hope he “continues to watch and be inspired.”

“Record numbers around the world are not finding @Paralympics tough to watch,” the tweet read. “Billions of viewers now take in the Paralympics in hundreds of countries around the world. We hope the US President continues to watch and be inspired by the Paralympics.”

Trump made the comment during a White House celebration of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.


“What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me,” he said during his remarks. “And I watched — it's a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could.”

Several athletes skipped the traditional White House visit, with some citing Trump's policies as a reason they did not attend.

Among them was figure skater Adam Rippon, the first openly gay man named to a U.S. Olympic team, who has been a critic of Trump's LGBT policies and made donations to Planned Parenthood, GLAAD and the Red Cross in lieu of attending the event.