Trump returns home, goes on Twitter rant against “fake news.”

Trump Returns Home, Goes On Twitter Rant Against “Fake News”

Trump Returns Home, Goes On Twitter Rant Against “Fake News”

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May 28 2017 3:34 PM

Trump Returns Home, Goes On Twitter Rant Against “Fake News”

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President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. military personnel at Naval Air Station Sigonella following the G-7 Summit, in Sigonella, Italy, on Saturday.

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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.

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And then he celebrated the “great success” of his Europe trip. “Hard work but big results!”

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.

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!”

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.

Trump then went back to Montana to complain about how little Gianforte’s victory was covered in the media.

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.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.