President Trump says he won't stop tweeting

WASHINGTON – So much for the idea of vetting President Trump's tweets.

Trump served notice Tuesday that he will keep tweeting away, whether it's about his "travel ban" from selected Muslim-majority countries, the London Mayor's approach to handling the weekend's terror attack, or Middle East politics in general.

Once again attacking what he calls the mainstream media early Tuesday, Trump said that "the FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out."

In a follow-up, Trump said: "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."

Trump may have been referring to news reports that White House aides discussed plans to have someone check and vet presidential tweets before they orbit into cyberspace, especially ones that deal with legal issues.

The tweets also come one day after lawyers across the ideological spectrum say Trump undercut his own legal case by tweeting about a pending Supreme Court case on the travel ban – in which he took aim at his own Justice Department for arguing for "watered-down, politically correct version."

George Conway, husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, criticized the tweets for potentially undermining the president's own agenda. "The pt (point) cannot be stressed enough that tweets on legal matters ... seriously undermine Admin agenda and POTUS – and those who support him, as I do, need to reinforce that pt and not be shy about it," Conway said in his own flurry of tweets.

After re-affirming his Twitter independence on Tuesday morning, Trump weighed in on the Middle East and appeared to take credit for decisions by many Arab countries to begin cutting ties to the nation of Qatar.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology," Trump tweeted. "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!"

Meanwhile, a growing number of Republican lawmakers are expressing frustration with Trump's Twitter habits.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Monday: "Probably it's best to refrain from communicating with 140 characters on topics that are so important."

Copyright: USA TODAY


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