Former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell apologized for tweeting that she was “rooting” for Hurricane Dorian to hit U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
Campbell, who spent four months in 1993 as Canada’s Progressive Conservative prime minister, came under fire for the controversial tweet with one Twitter user criticizing the former politician for showing “extremely poor taste.”
“I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!” Campbell initially tweeted.
However, on Friday she pulled a mea culpa: “I have deleted my tweet about the hurricane and Mar-a-Lago and sincerely apologize to all it offended. It was intended as sarcasm — not a serious wish of harm. Throwaway lines get a life of their own on Twitter. I shd (should) know better.”
Campbell is a critic of Trump on Twitter. Florida has declared a state of emergency with Hurricane Dorian expected to reach Category 4 status before making landfall on the state’s shoreline on Monday.
By Friday morning, the hurricane’s maximum sustained wind speed was nearly 175 km/h.