President Donald Trump returned to Twitter in full force on Sunday morning, covering a string of contentious topics in a seven-tweet flurry.
“Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!”
“Big win in Montana for Republicans!” Trump began, referencing Republican Greg Gianforte’s special election House victory. He added later, “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.”
Gianforte won the race for Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's open seat, even after accusations that he body-slammed a reporter for the Guardian and broke his glasses. Gianforte later apologized in his acceptance speech, while his victory crushed the Democratic Party's hopes of notching a win that would validate and boost "the resistance" to Trump's administration.
Trump also touted his foreign successes, tweeting, "Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!"
The president was lauded for his address to representatives of more than 50 majority-Muslim nations in Riyadh, in which he urged them to unite with other nations and religions and take the lead in defeating violent extremism. While speaking with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the president pushed for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict. And when in Italy and Belgium and in attending the NATO and G-7 summits, Trump sought to strengthen the United States' other relationships while championing U.S. interests.
But upon his return to his own country, the president was greeted with the ongoing Russia narrative and the flood of leaks that have been pouring forth from the White House and government agencies ever since he took office.
"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. "Whenever you see the words 'sources say' in the fake news media, and they don't mention names ... it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers.
#FakeNews is the enemy!"
Just prior to the conclusion of Trump's trip, his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, was the subject of reports that he was under investigation by the FBI. In addition, an anonymously sourced Washington Post story alleged that Kushner had plotted with the Russian ambassador to set up a "secret channel" between the Russians and the Trump transition team.
As if administration-focused leaks weren't enough, the U.K. blasted the U.S. for leaking sensitive information regarding the May 22 Manchester suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, which left 22 people killed and injured more than 116 others.
"British Prime Minister [Theresa] May was very angry that the info the U.K. gave to U.S. about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!" Trump tweeted as he made his displeasure known.
Trump was widely praised for largely spurning social media during his first overseas tour as president and refraining from his usual commentary on hot-button issues and ongoing controversies. But now that he has returned to the U.S. and to the problems facing his own country and its integrity, the president appears to have returned to Twitter in full force.
However, several White House sources revealed Friday to The Wall Street Journal that they are considering whether a team of lawyers should vet the president's tweets prior to posting. This consideration comes after the fallout from several of the president's tweets concerning the ongoing Russia probe and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Although the president's tweets have complicated his communication team's job, former Trump campaign aide Barry Bennett told The Journal he "would be shocked" if Trump agreed to the vetting.
Indeed, Trump has credited Twitter with aiding him immensely in his pursuit of the presidency.
"I think that maybe I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Twitter because I get such a fake press, such a dishonest press," Trump had told Fox News host Tucker Carlson in March. "There's been nobody in history that got more dishonest media than I've gotten … Twitter is a wonderful thing for me because I can get the word out."
Twitter's co-founder, Evan Williams, even apologized for Twitter's role in propelling Trump to the presidency during an interview with The New York Times, published earlier in May.
Last Modified: May 28, 2017, 7:11 pm