After he got back home Saturday night, one of President Donald Trump’s first orders of business was to go on a Twitter rant. There had recently been word that Trump’s allies (and his lawyers) urged him to lay off Twitter as his scandals mount. But so far, it doesn’t seem like he’s listening.
His first tweet of the day was an innocuous celebration of Greg Gianforte’s victory in Montana’s special congressional election.
Big win in Montana for Republicans!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
And then he celebrated the “great success” of his Europe trip. “Hard work but big results!”
Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
Twenty-three minutes later, the president’s rant really began as he took on one of his favorite topics: fake news. The leaks from the White House “are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media,” he wrote.
It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
The commander in chief told followers that whenever they read “sources say” in articles “it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”
....it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
Nevermind that he didn’t always feel this way considering White House staffers have often only talked on the condition of anonymity. Plus he relied a lot on unnamed sources to make ridiculous allegations against then-President Barack Obama in 2012.
4) His White House constantly asks to go on background with reporters + complains about leaks. Now leaks are false? https://t.co/RatisLNnu3— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 28, 2017
A Twitter play in 4 acts. Surprise ending! pic.twitter.com/nhrkYhoU8k— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 28, 2017
Trump then went back to Montana to complain about how little Gianforte’s victory was covered in the media.
Does anyone notice how the Montana Congressional race was such a big deal to Dems & Fake News until the Republican won? V was poorly covered— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
And then the subject of leaks was clearly still gnawing at him as he took to Twitter almost two hours later to note how angry British leaders were that U.S. officials leaked details of the Manchester attack to the American press.
British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the U.K. gave to U.S. about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017