March 11, 2018

President Trump had the media on his mind as he tweeted Sunday morning. He began with a Saturday New York Times story reporting Trump is in talks with a lawyer, Emmet T. Flood, who represented former President Bill Clinton when he was impeached:

Next, Trump boasted of Republican victories in congressional special elections, claiming the press "continuously fails to mention" GOP wins. After an aside about Democrats, the president closed his morning spree by urging his followers to turn off news shows that report his approval ratings are below 50 percent:

Rasmussen's most recent poll puts Trump at 44 percent approval to 54 percent disapproval, which is close to the Real Clear Politics average of 41 percent approval. I don't know about you, but I'd call that "somewhat low." Bonnie Kristian

March 10, 2018

President Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping on Twitter Saturday morning, reporting that Xi supports his plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for nuclear negotiations in the near future. In an initial tweet, Trump spelled Xi's name "Xi Xinping." About 40 minutes later, he deleted the first tweet and posted a new one with the standard spelling after publishing another, unrelated post:

(Screenshot/Donald J. Trump)

Trump spoke with Xi Friday, and the White House reports they agreed to "maintain pressure and sanctions until North Korea takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization." In a previous tweet Friday night, Trump said the "deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the World."

This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian

March 3, 2018

President Trump responded on Twitter Saturday to reports that foreign governments are weighing their options in response to his spontaneous declaration of a trade war earlier this week. He claimed the United States is mocked and impoverished by our trade partners, promising to escalate the trade war with additional tariffs if other countries retaliate economically:

Though his trade war announcement came as a surprise this week, the president has long been enthusiastic about tariffs. "For the last six months," he reportedly said of his economic advisers last year, "this same group of geniuses comes in here all the time and I tell them, 'Tariffs. I want tariffs.'" Bonnie Kristian

February 28, 2018

President Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a tweet Wednesday morning, calling Sessions' handling of alleged surveillance abuses "disgraceful." Trump specifically referred to Sessions' decision Tuesday to tap the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate claims by some lawmakers that officials at the Justice Department and FBI have abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in order to improperly surveil members of Trump's campaign staff.

Trump's ire stems from allegations by Republicans on Capitol Hill that the FBI unlawfully surveilled Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. The White House had initially signaled contentment with Sessions' decision, The Washington Post noted, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling reporters Tuesday, "I would imagine [Trump] certainly supports the decision to look into what we feel to be some wrongdoing."

But Trump apparently soured on the decision overnight, leading to Wednesday's tweet. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) defended Sessions on Wednesday, calling Trump's attacks "off-base" and "undeserved." Kimberly Alters

February 18, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Sunday denied questioning whether Russia attempted to meddle in the 2016 election:

The president was referring to comments he made in the first general election debate saying interference efforts "could be Russia. But it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay?"

However, Trump also said in November of 2017 he is convinced by Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of election interference. "Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that,'" Trump said of Putin, "and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it."

In other tweets Saturday and Sunday, Trump complained about press coverage of Friday's indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. He also argued it was Moscow's goal "to create discord, disruption, and chaos within the U.S.," and he pushed back on National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's Saturday remark that evidence of Russian meddling "is now incontrovertible."

One Sunday tweet on the subject ended on a plaintive note: "But," Trump asked, "wasn't I a great candidate?" Bonnie Kristian

February 18, 2018

In a pair of tweets posted Saturday night and Sunday morning, President Trump aired three separate grievances with the FBI. First, he targeted the agency's failure to investigate a January tip about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who confessed to the school shooting in Florida this past week. In the same tweet, the president went on to blame this grim error on the FBI's involvement in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe:

In a follow-up tweet, Trump turned to the Iran deal, criticizing the FBI for not investigating the Obama administration for one of the terms of the nuclear agreement:

Trump is correct that the Obama White House paid Iran $1.7 billion, though only $400 million is confirmed to have been paid in cash using non-U.S. bills; the rest may have been a bank transfer. The payment settled a decades-old legal dispute about a weapons deal and help secure the release of American prisoners. Bonnie Kristian

February 16, 2018

President Trump vilified Democrats on Friday, skewering the party for "how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated." Trump claimed DREAMers — young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children — have been "totally abandoned" by the party but that "Republicans are still working hard."

On Thursday, two bipartisan immigration bills as well as the GOP bill favored by Trump failed to reach the 60 votes required to be considered. Narrow DREAMer-focused legislation from Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) earned 52 votes, but Trump threatened to veto the measure, as well as the bipartisan Common Sense Coalition's legislation, which would have offered a 10-year path to citizenship for DREAMers.

Trump has insisted he won't support a bill that does not also end so-called "chain migration," the diversity visa lottery, and fund the border wall. Read more about whether this means DACA is dead at The Week. Jeva Lange

February 12, 2018

The White House will release the Trump administration's infrastructure proposal Monday, so naturally President Trump spent his morning "executive time" promoting the plan on Twitter. His chosen strategy: to highlight the merits of this spending in contrast with the trillions spent on the United States' 17 years of war in the Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in the greater Mideast.

The president's point would have had greater persuasive heft had it not been made shortly after he insisted the Pentagon's budget must be increased to $700 billion for this year. That 15.5 percent budget increase is the Defense Department's "biggest year-over-year windfall since the budget soared by 26.6 percent" in 2002, the Chicago Tribune reports, a year in which spending rose to accommodate the very wars Trump's tweet decries. In 2018, Trump intends to spend at least $45 billion on the war in Afghanistan alone. Bonnie Kristian

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