January 14, 2018

President Trump on Sunday accused The Wall Street Journal of deliberately misquoting him in an interview published Thursday. "I probably have a very good relationship with him," the article quotes Trump saying of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I have relationships with people," Trump adds in the report. "I think you people are surprised."

On Sunday morning, Trump on Twitter claimed the newspaper got it wrong:

The president did not include a recording to back up his assertion. The Journal article includes a video with the quote, but it is not a direct recording of the president. Bonnie Kristian

Update 11:35 a.m.: The Wall Street Journal issued a statement saying it "stands by what it reported." Included in the statement is audio of President Trump's disputed comment.

Update 1:12 p.m.: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has tweeted an audio clip of President Trump's comments as well. Listen to that version below.

January 13, 2018

President Trump's reported reference to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as "shithole countries" during an immigration meeting with senators Thursday has derailed further immigration talks concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which addresses the situation of immigrants illegally brought to the United States as children. But Trump on Saturday placed blame for the delay on Democrats, casting doubt on their aims:

Trump's morning posts also included two very similar tweets touting the strength of the stock market and the move of Fiat Chrysler jobs from Mexico to Michigan. One of the tweets, presumably published in error, was soon deleted. In between his immigration comments, Trump simply tweeted, "AMERICA FIRST!" Bonnie Kristian

January 7, 2018

President Trump followed his Saturday declaration that he is "like, really smart" and "a very stable genius" with a pair of Sunday morning tweets boasting of his weekend accomplishments at Camp David and again bemoaning Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House:

Trump's announcement that he will handle questions of his mental capacity in the style of former President Ronald Reagan is an odd choice, explains a Washington Post analysis, given that Reagan revealed an Alzheimer's diagnosis soon after leaving office: "The news media did indeed question Reagan's mental health at times, but such questions were at least somewhat validated" by the diagnosis, the Post notes, as well as "his son's 2011 claim that Reagan displayed symptoms of the disease while in office."

By comparing himself to Reagan here, Trump thus unintentionally suggests he is, in fact, concealing mental decline. Bonnie Kristian

December 31, 2017

Presumably upset by New Year's-inspired reports suggesting probable Democratic gains in the 2018 midterm elections, President Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to argue voters are too intelligent to hand Congress to his opposition when everything is going so well:

Why, indeed? Well, to begin to answer Trump's question, read The Week's Jim Antle on why a good economy isn't enough to make Trump popular. Bonnie Kristian

December 26, 2017

President Trump kicked off the 340th day of his presidency by fuming about "Crooked Hillary" and the "bogus" Russia dossier:

Trump fired off the tweet from Mar-a-Lago, where he is vacationing for the holidays. "People do what they love on vacation and the president clearly loves watching Fox and criticizing the FBI," observed CNN's Dan Merica.

Although Trump insists he doesn't watch much TV, Tuesday's tweet directly cited Fox and Friends' morning interview with Jason Chaffetz:

Trump has been continually irritated by the ongoing Russia investigation, taking out his frustrations on the FBI. Earlier in December, the White House slammed the bureau as having an "extreme bias" against the president. Jeva Lange

December 24, 2017

President Trump went after FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in a series of tweets Saturday and Sunday, accusing him of corruption in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server:

In subsequent tweets he referenced reports of McCabe's forthcoming retirement and quoted Fox News as saying McCabe promoted the Clinton campaign with his government email account:

McCabe is expected to retire after he becomes eligible for his pension in 2018. This is not the first time Trump has targeted him for criticism, but, as a career civil servant, he cannot be fired by the president.

McCabe's wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, did receive $450,000 for a 2015 state legislature campaign from a PAC run by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who was co-chair of Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign and chair of Hillary Clinton's run in 2008. However, Andrew McCabe did not have oversight of the Clinton emails investigation until after his wife lost her race, and while she was running the FBI said he "implemented a system of recusal from all FBI investigative matters involving Virginia politics" to avoid conflicts of interest.

Read more about what money Jill McCabe took from whom here at The Week. Bonnie Kristian

December 16, 2017

President Trump on Saturday tweeted an endorsement of a new book purporting to offer the inside scoop on his presidential campaign:

Let Trump Be Trump is written by Corey Lewandowski, the fired Trump campaign manager who may be best known for allegedly manhandling a Breitbart News reporter, and David Bossie, Trump's former deputy campaign manager and current president of Citizens United. The book claims to tell "the greatest political tale in the history of our republic," a "once-in-a-millennial [sic] event."

A review of Let Trump Be Trump by David Frum for The Washington Post describes the work as "by turns gullible, dishonest, and weirdly careless," noting that it never mentions WikiLeaks but does spend 20 pages on the Access Hollywood scandal. An early excerpt of the book revealed the president's single-sitting fast food consumption on the campaign trail was typically "two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish" — minus the buns — "and a chocolate malted" milkshake. Bonnie Kristian

December 12, 2017

When President Trump posts a tweet, it is shared with and analyzed for Russian President Vladimir Putin as any official statement by the president of the United States would be, Moscow indicated Tuesday.

"In any case, everything which is published from [Trump's authorized] Twitter account is perceived by Moscow as his official statement," said Putin representative Dmitry Peskov, Reuters reported. "Naturally, it is reported to Putin along with other information about official statements by politicians."

Trump averages about seven tweets per day. Since becoming president, he has used his Twitter account for everything from major policy announcements to petty feuds and name-calling. The implications of Russia's assumption may be most troubling in regards to North Korea, as it transforms into official American policy Trump's tweets declaring it is a waste of time for the U.S. to negotiate with "short and fat" Little Rocket Man. Bonnie Kristian

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