In his first tweetstorm since returning to the US yesterday after his tour of Europe and the Middle East, President Trump unleashed a fusillade against the media. In a series of tweets, the president lashed out against leaks that have plagued his administration and charged that the media was making up the leaked stories.
“It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media,” Trump tweeted at 6:33 a.m.
“Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names….” a second tweet and third tweet continued, “….it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”
The charge that the leaks are fictitious is a new tack for Trump. In a May 16 tweet, the president said that he had charged former FBI Director Comey with finding the leakers in the intelligence community.
Some leaks, such as the charge that President Trump told a visiting Russian delegation that Comey was a “nut job” whose firing removed “great pressure” from the administration, have not been denied by the White House. Likewise, the Trump Administration has so far not denied reports that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, tried to set up a secret back channel to the Putin government.
Following the Trump tweets, Ben Shapiro of National Review, quipped, “So that whole disciplined Trump abroad basically relied on him not buying Gogo in-flight internet.”