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President Barack Obama is coming under criticism for dancing the tango and attending a baseball game during his tour of Latin America this week, even while Belgium continues to reel from a deadly terror attack.

Obama was on the final day of a groundbreaking trip aimed at normalizing relations with Cuba when Islamic State suicide bombers attacked the Brussels metro and airport, killing at least 31 people.

Rather than cut short his trip, Obama pressed on. He delivered a speech to the Cuban people and later sat through three innings of a baseball game in Havana, where he laughed and even did "the wave" with President Raul Castro.

The next evening during a state dinner with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, the president and first lady Michelle Obama were reluctantly led onto the dance floor by a pair of professional tango dancers who had been hired for entertainment.

'Tremendous' error

Critics immediately slammed Obama, saying it was insensitive for him to be seen in such a festive mood while a U.S. ally was under attack.

"That was a tremendous mistake," Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "It?s fine to go to Argentina, you want to do the work, but you?ve got to be careful of these little photo ops and optics."

"Baseball games and tangos, that?s inconsistent with the seriousness of the day," Haass said.

Republican presidential candidates also joined in. Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich called on Obama to cut his trip short and immediately return home to deal with the Belgian crisis.

It is not the first time Obama has come under fire for his response to a national security incident.


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