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April 17, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) seemed to know he could get inside President Trump's head by doing a town hall on Fox News, and Trump's Twitter feed shows that 24 hours after the town hall aired, Sanders was still in there, rent-free. Trump appeared to still be stewing over what Politico calls Sanders' "triumphant" hour of "positive publicity" and frequent domination of Fox News from "smack in the middle of Trump Country." Among other things, Trump accused Fox News of having "stuffed" the town hall with an unrepresentative sample of "Bernie supporters."

This wasn't Trump's only tweet about Sanders, either. He commented on Sanders' tax returns, suggesting that Sanders and his wife "made a fortune off of Trump" (which is "a good thing, not a bad thing"), and endearing himself to Sanders supporters by suggesting that "Crazy Bernie" has a 50-50 shot of losing to him in the 2020 general election.

"May God Rest Their Soul!" is a creepy thing to say about any political opponent, but especially about two fellow septuagenarians who are still very much alive. Peter Weber

March 19, 2019

President Trump, "mostly alone in the White House on Saturday and Sunday," averaged "just over a tweet per hour through the weekend as he decried various subjects, from unflattering television coverage to the late Republican Sen. John McCain," The Washington Post reports. Almost none of his 50-plus tweets dealt with Friday's terrorist attack that murdered at least 50 Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, evidently carried out by an avowed white nationalist.

"After a tweet Friday expressing his 'warmest sympathy and best wishes' for the people of New Zealand — and a brief statement decrying 'the monstrous terror attacks' that transformed 'sacred places of worship' into 'scenes of evil killing' — the president largely devoted his weekend to personal grievance," the Post notes. This matches what critics call a familiar pattern for Trump, who "has often seemed eager to highlight attacks and hate crimes perpetrated by Muslims but has frequently been slower and less forceful when Muslims are the victims," the Post says, adding:

One former senior administration official said Trump often associated Muslims with terrorism and rehashed grim Muslim terrorist attacks, even in private. "He thinks, and says sometimes, that Muslims are taking over Europe," this person said. This former official, as well as a second person, said they'd never heard Trump use a derogatory term for Muslims in private. But they said many of his political calculations are based on how his supporters, whom he often calls "my people" or "the base," will see an issue. [The Washington Post]

Along with tweet-complaining about Fox News and SNL, Trump called allies "all weekend to vent," one person who spoke with Trump told the Post. One of those allies, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said Trump briefly mentioned the New Zealand shooter in their hour-long talk Sunday, asking "how could someone be so cruel?" Overall, Trump "was actually in a good spot," Graham added. Read more at The Washington Post. Peter Weber

March 12, 2019

In the wake of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crash that killed 157 people in Ethiopia, President Trump took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with airplane safety. But rather than advocate for improved safety features or tighter regulations, the president voiced support for "old and simpler" technology.

Trump tweeted that airplanes "are becoming far too complex to fly," presumably more complex than his long-defunct airline, Trump Shuttle. Though plane crash deaths increased in 2018, the number of crashes is "about a third of what it was in the 1990s and a quarter of what it was in the 1970s when things were 'simpler,'" writes The New York Times' Peter Baker.

The president's argument is that pilots nowadays need to be as tech-savvy as computer scientists from MIT, which causes problems in split-second decisions. Trump wrote that he doesn't want Albert Einstein flying his plane, but rather "great flying professionals." Tim O'Donnell

January 23, 2019

President Trump tweeted late Wednesday night that he will give his State of the Union address once the government shutdown is over.

His announcement came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter informing him that she would not hold a vote on a resolution authorizing him to give his speech in the House chamber until the government re-opened. Trump tweeted that it was "her prerogative" to suggest that he deliver the State of the Union at a later date, and he will "do the Address when the Shutdown is over."

Trump also said he never looked for an alternative location to give the address, because "there is no venue that can complete with the history, tradition, and importance of the House Chamber. I look forward to giving a 'great' State of the Union Address in the near future!" Catherine Garcia

November 30, 2018

Early Friday, tweeting from Argentina, President Trump laid out a breezy new version of his interactions with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, following revelations from longtime lawyer Michael Cohen that Trump's company was negotiating the construction of a Trump Tower Moscow until mid-June 2016, that Cohen had updated him regularly on the progress of those talks, and reports that Cohen had proposed to Kremlin officials gifting Russian President Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse in the building.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, Trump had denied having any business dealings with Russia; on Thursday afternoon, he claimed Cohen is lying but said "there would have been nothing wrong if I did do it," because "when I'm running for president, that doesn't mean I'm not allowed to do business." Trump elaborated in his new tweets:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will probably eventually show how much of Trump's new story is true. But it certainly seems false that he talked about exploring deals with Russia on the campaign trail. This is from his second debate with Hillary Clinton:

Negotiating with Russia probably was "very legal." Keeping it secret? Not "very cool." Peter Weber

November 29, 2018

President Trump railed against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on Thursday night, hours after his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying to the Senate Intelligence Committee about Trump's business dealings in Russia.

Trump tweeted a quote he attributed to lawyer and academic Alan Dershowitz, who reportedly said Special Counsel Robert Mueller has "no authority to be a roving Commissioner. I don't see any evidence of crimes." He went on to call Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election "an illegal hoax that should be ended immediately. Mueller refuses to look at the real crimes on the other side."

In a separate tweet, Trump quoted Fox News host Gregg Jarrett, who defended Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting at Trump Tower in 2016 with Russians who promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton. "'This demonstrates the [sic] Robert Mueller and his partisans have no evidence, not a whiff of collusion, between Trump and the Russians. Russian project legal. Trump Tower meeting (son Don), perfectly legal. He wasn't involved with hacking.' Gregg Jarrett. A total Witch Hunt!" Trump did not elaborate on what "this" is and how it proves there's "not a whiff of collusion." The president is now in Argentina for the G20 summit. Catherine Garcia

November 27, 2018

President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he's "very disappointed" with General Motors, and is considering withholding subsidies from the company.

On Monday, GM announced it is closing five facilities in the U.S. and Canada, eliminating 14,000 jobs, because sedans aren't selling as well as SUVs and trucks. In response, Trump tweeted: "Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan, and Maryland. Nothing being closed in Mexico & China. The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get! We are now looking at cutting all @GM subsidies, including ... for electric cars. General Motors made a big China bet years ago when they built plants there (and in Mexico) — don't think that bet is going to pay off. I am here to protect America's Workers!"

A person familiar with the matter told CNN that GM is not sure what subsidies Trump is referring to, because the $7,500 plug-in tax credit it receives goes to the consumer, not GM. Catherine Garcia

October 26, 2018

Someone has sent at least 10 explosive devices to prominent Americans (and CNN), and the only apparent thing they have in common is their criticism of President Trump, with Trump typically making the criticism mutual. Early Friday morning, Trump took to Twitter to wonder why news organizations and "others" with similar First Amendment rights can criticize the president "at will," then turn around and say "it's just not Presidential!" when he criticizes the "fake news" media, calling news organizations stuff like "enemies of the people."

Many of us wake up with deep or imponderable questions in the middle of the night. Of course, Trump has a history of changing his criteria for what's fair and what isn't on Twitter, as seen, for example, in this tweet from exactly seven years ago slamming former President Barack Obama for hitting the campaign trail.

So if a Democrat becomes the 46th president, expect Future Trump to be upset that President Warren is mildly upset at Fox News. Peter Weber

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