June 24, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Sunday proposed that immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally be immediately deported without due process:

The tweet's proposal is similar to comments Trump made Tuesday. "I don't want judges," he said. "I want border security. I don't want to try people. I don't want people coming in. Do you know, if a person comes in and puts one foot on our ground, it's essentially, 'Welcome to America, welcome to our country.' You never get them out, because they take their name, they bring the name down, they file it, then they let the person go. They say, 'Show back up to court in one year from now.'"

Sometimes, the president is very fond of due process. In February, he plaintively asked on Twitter whether there is "no such thing any longer as Due Process," apparently objecting to public critique of men accused of domestic abuse. Bonnie Kristian

June 23, 2018

President Trump referenced a Drudge Report headline on Twitter Saturday morning to claim his administration has handled migrant detention better than their predecessors:

While Trump is correct that some recently circulated photos of immigrant children kept in cages with mylar blankets show unaccompanied minors detained by the Obama administration several years ago, more recent footage reveals Trump's own administration housed some children separated from their families the same way. Moreover, illegal immigration to the U.S. has been declining for two decades.

Others of the president's Saturday morning tweets and retweets touched on favored topics including the economy, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the media, and manufacturing. Bonnie Kristian

June 19, 2018

Amid the growing outcry surrounding the separation of immigrant families, President Trump threw out several different defensive tweets Tuesday morning in the hopes that something would stick.

The first thing on Trump's mind was the "rigged witch hunt" Russia investigation, but he quickly moved on to instead criticize an American ally. "Crime in Germany is up 10 percent plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted," said Trump, citing no evidence. Official data from Germany shows that crime actually dropped 10 percent last year. "Be smart America!" Trump nevertheless warned.

Trump also defended his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has led to the separation of children and parents at the border. But his defense was contradictory: First, the president declared that strong borders are essential, but then he once again falsely blamed Democrats for harsh border policies and for allowing immigrants to "infest" the U.S.

But then Trump appeared to return to the argument that family separations are actually necessary. "We must always arrest people coming into our country illegally," he wrote. He then claimed without evidence that the vast majority of children who are being detained in cages didn't actually arrive with their parents, so there were no parents from whom they could be separated.

Trump wrapped it all up by putting the blame for the supposedly very necessary separations on Congress, calling to "change the laws." Summer Meza

June 17, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Sunday attacked critics of his recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accusing them of dishonesty and petty partisanship. He specifically targeted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for censure and touted his agreement with Kim to end U.S.-South Korean "war games."

A Washington Post/ABC News poll published Sunday found most Americans are hopeful but skeptical about the summit's results and believe it is too soon to judge whether it is a success for the United States.

In other Sunday morning posts, Trump returned to such familiar themes as his distaste for The Washington Post, the health of the economy, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, which he again dubbed a "phony" "hoax" and a "witch hunt." Bonnie Kristian

June 15, 2018

President Trump called the Justice Department inspector general's report a "total disaster" for former FBI Director James Comey, his "minions," and "the FBI." The report, which looks into the bureau's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016, said Comey's decisions were sometimes "extraordinary and insubordinate" but not ultimately the result of political bias.

"I did a great service to the people in firing him," Trump went on. "Good Instincts." Trump's FBI director, Christopher Wray, also reacted to the report, ABC News reports, emphasizing the importance of noting "what the inspector general did not find." Jeva Lange

June 10, 2018

President Trump tweeted an angry critique of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Saturday evening, pairing the attack with an announcement that the United States would no longer be a signatory to the communique signed by the six other world leaders at the weekend's G7 summit in Canada:

A response from Trudeau's office said his post-summit comments were no different from his statements in meetings with Trump: "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before — both in public, and in private conversations with the president."

The communique pledged participants to oppose protectionism and strive "to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers, and subsidies." Earlier Saturday, Trump said he'd raised the idea of eliminating all tariffs and trade barriers among G7 nations, but that he also would consider cutting off all trade between the U.S. and these close allies if trade policy does not change to his liking. Bonnie Kristian

June 3, 2018

President Trump watched Fox & Friends Saturday morning and tweeted out part of the show's report that, per Justice Department data released earlier this week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling efforts has cost taxpayers about $16.7 million so far.

That's certainly not chump change — but it's also less than Trump himself has spent on his frequent weekend visits to the 'Winter White House," his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

As The Hill notes, analyses from The Washington Post and Politico put the cost of each trip between $1 million and $3 million. At the low end, an estimate of $1 million includes the price of Secret Service protection and travel costs for Air Force One, but excludes additional costs like Coast Guard patrols and transport of presidential limousines.

Trump traveled to Mar-a-Lago 17 times between his inauguration and April of this year, so even using the $1 million figure, his weekend resort trips have been more expensive for taxpayers than the entire investigation. Bonnie Kristian

June 1, 2018

President Trump's seemingly inconsequential tweet about the Labor Department's new jobs report broke with presidential protocol, and some experts say it may have actually violated insider trading laws.

Trump foreshadowed a positive jobs report, tweeting that he was "looking forward" to seeing the numbers a full hour before they were made public. Officials are briefed on the Labor Department's reports before they are released, but they are not supposed to comment publicly on them ahead of time, The New York Times reports.

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said that he told Trump about the report on Thursday night, but denied that Trump's tweet was problematic. "I don't think he gave anything away, incidentally. I think this is all according to routine, law and custom,” Kudlow said on CNBC.

Austan Goolsbee, who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under former President Obama, disagreed. "If the president just tipped that the numbers are good, he broke the law," Goolsbee tweeted in response to Trump's post. After the jobs report revealed numbers that Trump was surely celebrating, Goolsbee said that Trump had likely broken a rule that "forbids executive branch employees from revealing the info," a rule that is also reflected in Office of Management and Budget documents.

Other economists who have worked for the U.S. agreed with Goolsbee, telling The Washington Post that Trump's tweet was "a no-no" that undermined the data's "independence and credibility." Summer Meza

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