August 11, 2018

President Trump reiterated his complaints about fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and the FBI more generally in a pair of posts on Twitter Saturday:

Trump has long claimed McCabe abused his position in exchange for donations to his wife's Democratic congressional campaign. The donations came from from a PAC run by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who was chair of Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign, but McCabe did not have oversight of Clinton's emails investigation until after his wife lost her race. 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.

The president's vendetta against McCabe is, at this point, well-established, so his tweets mostly garnered attention for an unfortunate typo in their initial incarnation. In his first post, Trump accidentally wrote of the FBI giving "text massages":

The tweet was eventually deleted and replaced. Bonnie Kristian

August 6, 2018

Not that collusion is a crime, but if anyone is guilty of it, President Trump faults Hillary Clinton.

"Hillary Clinton and her team 100 percent colluded with the Russians," Trump tweeted Monday, quoting former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino on Fox & Friends.

Trump additionally boosted allegations against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), whom Bongino accused of trying to gather compromising information on the president. Trump on Sunday tweeted that his own campaign's attempt to get intel on Clinton was "totally legal and done all the time in politics."

"Collusion is very real with Russia," Trump's tweets continued, "but only with Hillary and the Democrats." The president has repeatedly claimed that his opponents were the ones guilty of collusion with Russia, using the claim as a defense against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign team was involved with Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Summer Meza

August 5, 2018

Apparently responding to Saturday stories from CNN and The Washington Post, President Trump tweeted Sunday morning to deny he is concerned about the 2016 meeting between his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Kremlin-linked attorney:

The Trump campaign initially claimed in a statement dictated by the president that the meeting — which also included campaign chair Paul Manafort and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner — was about adoption policy. It was actually about obtaining damaging information on Hillary Clinton and has become central to questions about whether Trump tried to collude with Russia to affect election outcomes. The president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has claimed Trump did know of the meeting in advance.

In a pair of follow-up tweets, Trump complained about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and again slammed the news media for not covering the story as he would prefer. Bonnie Kristian

August 4, 2018

Several hours after CNN aired an interview between Don Lemon and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, President Trump slammed both men on Twitter Friday night:

The "Mike" in question is thought to be NBA legend Michael Jordan, with Trump referencing debate over whether Jordan or James is the greatest basketball player of all time.

James' CNN interview mostly focused on his recent opening of an innovative new public school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. But he also touched on politics, accusing Trump of "using sports to kinda divide us" by fixating on pro athletes' silent protests of police brutality and institutional racism during the national anthem. "Sports has never been something that divides people," James added. "It's always been something that brings someone together."

James has repeatedly leveled the same criticism of Trump as a source of division. He has yet to respond to Trump's tweet. Bonnie Kristian

July 29, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Sunday did a stunningly good impression of a toddler throwing a tantrum as he threatened to shut down the federal government to force Congress to appropriate funds for his promised border wall construction:

In earlier tweets on the subject, Trump accused migrant parents of using their children for "sinister purposes" and quoted praise for himself from the former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Trump has reportedly said in the past he believes shutdowns can advantage him politically. His tweets come as 711 migrant children remain in federal custody after being separated from their parents at the border by the Trump administration. A court-ordered deadline to reunite the families has already passed.

Read The Week's Paul Waldman on how Trump has chosen "the dumbest political fight ever" by threatening a shutdown — and Matthew Walther on why it's an obvious choice for Trump to make. Bonnie Kristian

July 29, 2018

Saturday marked 100 days left until the 2018 midterm elections, and on Sunday, President Trump tweeted claims of enormous popularity:

The president's hunch is correct: There is something wrong. Almost everything, in fact.

Though his phrasing isn't clear, Trump is likely referring to his own popularity among Republican voters — he has tweeted about this before — and he probably has in mind a June poll showing a 90 percent approval rating within the GOP. That is indeed high, but it is not a record: Former President George W. Bush polled higher shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

Moreover, it is impossible to say whether Trump is more popular among Republicans than Lincoln, as presidential polling did not exist in Lincoln's lifetime. It began in 1936.

Of course, Trump is not up for election this year. The main prize to be won in national politics is control of the House of Representatives, which Republicans have held since the Tea Party election of 2010.

Democrats need to gain 23 seats to flip the House, and current polling gives them a slight edge to win. President Trump's national approval rating has stabilized in the low-40s; for comparison, President Obama's rating was around 45 percent when his party lost 63 seats in the first midterm race of his administration. Still, a word of caution: Most polling models predicted a Trump loss two years ago. Bonnie Kristian

July 24, 2018

President Trump on Tuesday patted himself on the back for imposing tariffs on other nations that have "treated the United States unfairly on trade," saying on Twitter that they should have been put in place many years ago.

"Tariffs are the greatest!" he wrote in a tweet. "Remember, we are the 'piggy bank' that's being robbed. All will be great!" Despite criticism from GOP lawmakers, Trump has threatened China with hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs, and has also added some European imports to the list.

He is also threatening this week to impose tariffs on cars imported from the European Union, but those within his administration are reportedly against the move. Additionally, some critics have pointed out that some of the tariffs have hurt American farmers, whose profits have been slashed by retaliatory tariffs on soybeans and pork. "There is not a lot of support for the auto tariffs internally," one senior official told Politico. "There are many people who don't want to see it go through." Summer Meza

July 22, 2018

President Trump raged on Twitter in response to the Justice Department's publication of the FBI's applications for warrants to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in connection to Russian election interference. Saturday evening, Trump claimed the entire Russia probe is a Democratic attempt to undermine the GOP in the 2018 midterms, repeating all his usual refrains:

On Sunday, Trump pivoted to accusing the DOJ and FBI of illegal actions and partisan aims:

The four "judges who signed off on this stuff" were all appointed by Republican presidents. Bonnie Kristian

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