- Trump slammed Obama's decision not to attend Scalia's funeral in a bizarre tweet
- Obama instead paid his respects to Scalia on Friday at the Supreme Court
- But many called out the President's controversial decision as a 'snub'
- White House rep said the extra security that would be required if Obama had attended the mass could have been 'disruptive'
By Alexandra Genova For Dailymail.com
Published: 21:25 EST, 20 February 2016 | Updated: 00:15 EST, 21 February 2016
Donald Trump took a shot at Obama earlier today for not attending Scalia's funeral mass Saturday.
The presidential hopeful tweeted: 'I wonder if President Obama would have attended the funeral of Justice Scalia if it were held in a Mosque? Very sad that he did not go!'
The bizarre comments come despite the sitting President having frequently referenced his Christian faith.
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Barack and Michelle Obama paid their respects on Friday, but the president drew criticism for not attending the service on Saturday. The White House Press Secretary said Obama will be reviewing potential nominees this weekend
Trump called out the President for his controversial decision not to attend Scalia's funeral mass Saturday
The president and first lady nstead paid their respects on Friday while Scalia lays in repose at the Supreme Court (pictured)
But Obama has been facing a raft of criticism for the decision not to attend, with many calling it a 'deliberate snub'.
Obama and first lady Michelle were among more than 6,000 people who paid tribute to Scalia at the Supreme Court on Friday in the first day of official mourning - but did not attend the service today.
The White House has defended the decision, and implied that one reason for his absence could be down to the 'potential for the extensive presidential security detail to be disruptive', reported the New York Times.
Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary said: 'Obviously, when the vice president travels to some place, his security footprint is at least a little bit lighter.
'But given his personal relationship with the family and given the president's desire to find a respectful way to pay tribute to Justice Scalia's service to the country, we believe we have settled on an appropriate and respectful arrangement.'
Washington mourned the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday morning during a funeral mass attended by thousands
Widow Maureen McCarthy Scalia (center) walks behind the casket as it is is brought out of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC
Earnest also added it was 'disrespectful' for Obama's critics to use the funeral 'as some sort of political cudgel.'
He said: 'The president doesn't think that that's appropriate, and in fact, what the president thinks is appropriate is respectfully paying tribute to high-profile patriotic American citizens even when you don't agree on all the issues.
'And that's what he's going to do.'
But many saw Obama's lack of attendance as nothing short of a partisan snub.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes said: 'Some amazing advice my mom gave me once: 'If you're wondering whether you should go to the funeral, you should go to the funeral.'
And in response to this, the communications director for Jeb Bush, Tim Miller, simply tweeted: 'Same.'
Republicans criticized President Obama, and saw his lack of attendance as a 'snub'. Presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted: 'I wonder if President Obama would have attended the funeral of Justice Scalia if it were held in a Mosque? Very sad that he did not go!'
But Ed Whelan, a former Scalia clerk who now heads the Ethics and Public Policy Center commented: 'I wouldn't have expected President Obama to attend the funeral Mass, and I see no reason to fault him for not attending.'
The funeral mass for late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia was attended by thousands, including Vice President Joe Biden, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, and the remaining eight justices.
One of Scalia's nine children, the Reverend Paul Scalia, led the procession on Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with a highly personal tribute to his dad.
Antonin Scalia, who was the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court, died last weekend at the age of 79 at a remote Texas ranch from natural causes.
His casket was delivered this morning at 11am, draped by an American flag which was removed as it entered the church.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (upper right) take their seats at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday
In addition to the eight justices sitting on the Supreme Court, retired justice John Paul Stevens attended the service with David H. Souter expected to appear as well.
Sandra Day O'Connor, 85, is currently in frail health and did not make it to Saturday's mass.
Early arrivals included former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz and Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah.
Several federal judges who are considered possible replacements for Scalia were also present, including Judges Sri Srinivasan and Patricia Millett and Chief Judge Merrick Garland, all of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
President Barack Obama first lady Michelle Obama were among the more than 6,000 people who paid tribute to Scalia at the Supreme Court on Friday.
Josh Earnest, Obama's White House Press Secretary, said the president will spend a significant portion of his weekend reviewing individuals who 'may be worthy of consideration'.
He added: 'I would expect the president will spend a significant portion of his weekend digging into those materials'.
Scalia's flag-draped casket rested on a funeral bier that first held President Abraham Lincoln's casket after his assassination.
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