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Trump Claims The Media's Trying To Stop His "Honest And Unfiltered" Tweets

President Trump, firing back at those in the news media who criticize his use of Twitter, claimed early Tuesday morning that it is the best way for him to communicate with the people.

“The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media,” Trump tweeted. “They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out.” The president followed up with another message stating: “Sorry folks, but if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning WH.”

The Hill noted that Trump has frequently taken advantage of Twitter to lash out at his critics in the media, especially in regard to coverage of the Russian scandal. He continues to insist that reports of collusion between his campaign and Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 election are “fake news.” The FBI and several congressional committees, as well as Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, are investigating the allegations.

“I think social media for the president is extremely important,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary. “It gives him the ability to speak directly to the people without the bias of the media filtering those types of communications.” According to the spokeswoman, who appears to have replaced press secretary Sean Spicer at White House media briefings, no administration staffer screens Trump’s tweets before he posts them.

The lack of vetting was apparent last weekend, when the president slammed the London mayor’s response to Saturday night’s terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom capital. Trump cited the violence as evidence that immigration restrictions are necessary. He proclaimed that his executive order to temporarily turn away visitors from certain Muslim-majority countries is a “travel ban,” even though White House officials have been resisting the use of that term for months.

According to some legal authorities, the president damaged his case with the Supreme Court, which will soon rule on an appeal of a lower court’s determination that the executive order is unconstitutional because it involves religious discrimination. Experts told The New York Times that calling the order a “travel ban” supports the argument that it targets Muslims, which the administration’s lawyers deny. Trump wrote that his order would prevent people from “certain DANGEROUS countries” from entering the United States.

Among those who were quick to criticize the president’s comments was George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. “These tweets may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won’t help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters. Sad,” he wrote.

According to The Hill, Republican Sen. John Cornyn said Trump’s “Twitter habit (has) created problems for himself.” The lawmaker also told WFAA-TV that the president’s legislative proposals have failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill “because he hasn’t been able to assemble a team around him at the departments like the State Department, the Defense Department, because of slow heel-dragging by the Democrats.” Cornyn, the Senate majority whip, gave Trump a B+ grade on foreign policy.

Source: The Hill
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