July 11, 2019

Twitter isn't President Trump's No. 1 anymore.

About a year after his election, Trump gave Fox Business Network an interview all about his social media habits, notably saying "I doubt I would be [president] if it weren't for social media, to be honest with you." Yet as of his Thursday morning tweet thread, Trump isn't so sure about that.

Ahead of the White House's social media summit on Thursday, Trump sent out a slew of tweets decrying the "fake news media" for apparently being "not as important, or as powerful, as social media." Trump then asked himself if he would have "become president without social media," and answered "yes (probably)" right after.

Trump's social media summit notably did not invite some of the biggest social networks out there, namely Facebook and Twitter. Instead, the guest list is largely full of far-right activists and conspiracy theorists who spread disinformation online. Kathryn Krawczyk

March 2, 2019

President Trump started his Saturday on Twitter with an announcement that his golf course in Scotland is super nice and also totally great for America's ties with the United Kingdom:

The immediate context of Trump's tweet is his loss of a 2015 court battle with Scotland over plans for a new offshore wind farm. Trump unsuccessfully sought to block construction of the turbines, arguing they would spoil the view from his golf course.

On Thursday, a court ruled Trump's company must pay for the Scottish government's legal fees incurred in the suit, so yeah, the U.K. probably is pretty happy about the golf course right now.

More broadly, the tweet is a reminder Trump chose not to divest ownership of his businesses when he took office, and he has continued to promote his properties as president. As Trump has noted, divestment is not legally mandatory, though it was customary for modern presidents.

Trump's decision has been subject to considerable scrutiny, including a lawsuit alleging he has violated the Constitution's emoluments clause — which bans the president from accepting gifts from foreign heads of state absent congressional consent — by doing business with foreign governments. Bonnie Kristian

February 24, 2019

President Trump on Twitter early Sunday announced his plans for a big Independence Day party in Washington this year, pledging a personal appearance and preemptively declaring the event one of the city's largest gatherings ever:

The one truly new element of Trump's plans appears to be his own speech. Washington already has annual fireworks displays for the Fourth of July, as well as entertainment including the National Independence Day Parade and "A Capitol Fourth," an outdoor concert with performances from military bands, celebrities, the National Symphony Orchestra.

Trump previously teased the possibility of an Independence Day event earlier this month, apparently as a substitute for the military parade idea which has fascinated him since a 2017 trip to Paris — and which comes with a $92 million price tag. Bonnie Kristian

February 17, 2019

President Trump on Twitter late Saturday asked the United States' European allies to collect and contain hundreds of Islamic State fighters the United States has captured in Syria:

The fighters in question are Europeans who traveled to the Mideast to back the Islamic State. In some cases, "fighter" may not be a fair characterization; for example, a London teenager named Shamima Begum, now 19, recently gave birth after traveling to Syria in 2015 to marry an ISIS militant. She may never have personally acted as a combatant and now seeks to return to the United Kingdom.

While France will repatriate and, in some cases, prosecute French nationals among these captured hundreds of ISIS affiliates, other nations, most notably the United Kingdom, have been less willing to do so with ISIS recruits from their countries. The situation is coming to a head as the fight against ISIS in Syria winds down; U.S.-backed Syrian forces said Saturday the terrorist group today controls just 700 square meters of Syrian territory. Bonnie Kristian

February 10, 2019

President Trump responded to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) officially launching her 2020 presidential campaign Saturday with a tweet which appeared to mock the Trail of Tears as part of a swipe at Warren's past claims about Native American heritage.

The Trail of Tears was the forcible and often deadly relocation of tens of thousands of Native Americans from the Southeast to areas west of the Mississippi between 1830 and 1850. Warren has repeatedly apologized for "not having been more sensitive about tribal citizenship." Bonnie Kristian

January 19, 2019

For once, President Trump is really happy with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

He responded with a flurry of tweets Friday and Saturday to Friday evening's news that Mueller denied a BuzzFeed News report alleging his investigation had compiled evidence Trump directed Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney, to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project.

Many of Trump's posts were retweets from friendly voices like his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and commentator Geraldo Rivera:

In his own tweets, Trump called the BuzzFeed report "disgraceful" and blamed it for a "very sad day for journalism."

Trump also tweeted on familiar topics including the Steele Dossier, the stock market, immigration, and his perceived persecution at the hands of the press. Bonnie Kristian

January 19, 2019

President Trump on Twitter Friday evening announced plans for a Saturday afternoon statement on his proposed border wall construction and the partial government shutdown:

Trump did not offer any further details on the nature of his announcement, nor did the White House press team respond to inquiries on the subject. "I'm not going to get ahead of the president, but I can assure he's going to continue fighting for border security. He's going to continue looking for the solution to end the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border," said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

CNN reported Friday night an unnamed senior administration official said the president plans to offer a deal to congressional Democrats and will not at this point make an emergency declaration so he can use military funding for wall construction. Bonnie Kristian

January 12, 2019

President Trump insisted on Twitter Saturday he has a plan for the partial government shutdown, though he failed to offer any insight as to what it may be. Instead, Trump intimated his agenda is only comprehensible to those who properly understand his electoral victory in 2016:

In an earlier post, Trump denied reported chaos within his administration by noting there are not enough people in the White House to be chaotic:

He also went after congressional Democrats, suggesting the shutdown is only continuing because they are lazy:

House Democrats have passed several bills to fund individual federal departments, but the legislation is not expected to pass the GOP-held Senate or gain Trump's signature.

The shutdown reached its 22nd day Saturday, becoming the longest federal shutdown in U.S. history. Some 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay, most of them marking their first payday without a check on Friday. Bonnie Kristian

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