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Trump Returns, Unleashes Tweetstorm

from ZeroHedge:

On Friday evening, in previewing Trump’s upcoming “war room” effort in response to the escalating media reports about Russia, the WSJ reported that one of the contemplated changes was a drastic cut to Trump’s Twitter privileges, with lawyers allegedly tasked to comb through and preapprove the president’s social media outbursts, to wit:

One major change under consideration would vet the president’s social media posts through a team of lawyers, who would decide if any needed to be adjusted or curtailed. The idea, said one of Mr. Trump’s advisers, is to create a system so that tweets “don’t go from the president’s mind out to the universe.” Some of Mr. Trump’s tweets—from hinting that he may have taped conversations with Mr. Comey to suggesting without any evidence that former President Barack Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower—have opened him to criticism and at times confounded his communications team.

As of Sunday morning, that has clearly not been implemented, because just a few hours after his return from his first international trip, Trump unleashed a 6-tweet (for now) tweetstorm, touching on everything from the “great success” of his first foreign trip, to the controversial special election in Montana, and finally going back to his favorite topic fake news in general, and “anonymous sources” in particular.

In a series of tweets, the president focused news reports that include the words “sources say”:

“It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media,” the president 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 exsist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”

Trump’s attack on “fake news” may have been spurred by a tweet from Matt Drudge, who late on Saturday took offense with a statement in a Washington Post article:

“‘Mainstream media organizations generally try to maintain editorial independence from their owners’ — funniest line ever in WASH POST!”

Separately, Trump touted his first foreign trip, saying it brought “big results.” “Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!”

There were four main highlights in Trump’s first trip: the $350 billion arms contract he signed with the world’s biggest importer of weapons, Saudi Arabia; the infamous handshake with new French president Emanuel Macron and the snubbing of NATO, calling for more funding by alliance member states, and finally Trump’s refusal to endorse the G-7 position on the Paris climate treaty, resulting in an infuriated German chancellor and even more diplomatic fallout.

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