Another day, another round of tweets from President Donald Trump. Today's morning tweet storm focuses on a threat to stop holding press briefings and a threat for former FBI Director James Comey. Oh, and then something about China and beef. All within the span of two hours.
Trump's tweets started with yet another assertion that any collusion that may have occurred between his campaign team and Russia to swing the election is purely fictional.
Then there was the obligatory mention of the Fake Media, which really needs no explanation.
Next was a lame excuse about why his story about Comey's firing didn't match the story being pushed by the White House (hey, he's a busy president! He's got things going on, tremendous things! Unlike any president before him!).
This refers to how his surrogates insisted that Trump decided to fire Comey after receiving a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to do so. Whereas Trump told Lester Holt that he'd already decided to fire Comey ("Oh, I was gonna fire regardless of recommendation") before that recommendation.
The part about the surrogates not being able to stand at the podium with perfect accuracy is true, though—for example, Sean Spicer missed the podium altogether, and landed in the bushes instead.
And then we get to the tweet where Trump threatens to stop holding press briefings altogether.
Speaking of threats, next Trump brings up Comey, saying he better hope there are no "tapes" (why is the word "tapes" in quotes?) of their conversations.
By the way, does talk about "leaking" and "tapes" makes Trump nervous about that long-rumored pee-pee tape? Anyway, this "tape" talk was not a particularly smart move, given that, as the Daily Beast reports, Comey was generally beloved by the FBI and now Trump has given them even more motivation to go after him.
Another interesting thing about the firing of Comey is the dinner Trump mentioned in the interview with Holt. The (not really failing) New York Times reported that at a dinner with Comey, self-proclaimed "loyalty-freak" Trump asked Comey to "pledge his loyalty to him." Apparently, Comey wouldn't make the pledge. According to the Times, he instead told Trump he'd be honest, but not "'reliable' in the conventional political sense." Hmmm.
Well, the (now former) head of the FBI had knowledge of the investigation and he thought there might have been collusion. So maybe Trump thought "it" would end when he fired Comey? If so, he was incorrect.
And now this—CHINA! BEEF!
And this concludes President Donald Trump's morning tweet storm.