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Trump attacks media, says N.Y. Times should 'beg for forgiveness'

John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call on

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Without defining a specific period, the president contended in yet another tweet that in the "'old days' if you were President and you had a good economy, you were basically immune from criticism."

That is simply a false statement. All U.S. president have faced stiff criticism and scrutiny over most decisions they have considered and eventually made.

Trump then again, without providing supporting data, proclaim "I have, as President, perhaps the greatest economy in history." That prompted Sven Henrich, founder and lead market strategist for NorthmanTrader, to post a chart showing U.S. GDP levels since the 1950s -- they show GDP has been higher many times just since the mid-1990s. And it has been higher many years before that.

Henrich also posted another chart showing a decline in corporate tax receipts, something that occurred before the last few U.S. economic recessions.

But Trump was far from done there, next turning his focus to cable television morning show ratings. He touted "Fox & Friends" high ratings, then lashed out at MSNBC's "Morning Joe," writing: "Morning Psycho (Joe), who helped get me elected in 2016 by having me on (free) all the time, has nosedived, too Angry ... ... .Dumb and Sick. A really bad show with low ratings -- and will only get worse."

Next up was CNN and former morning show host Chris Cuomo, whom he said was "rewarded ... with a now unsuccessful prime time slot, despite his massive failure in the morning. Only on CNN!"

Notably, Scarborough and Cuomo often criticize the president's behavior and decisions -- the former with commentary on his show and the latter with tough questions to Trump surrogates on his.

The president kept going, venting after days of relative silence other than a collection of tweets attacking Mueller and his investigation. Next up was Twitter, his preferred outlet to communicate with his base other than Fox News. He hit on a conservative contention, saying the social media site is targeting him and other conservative figures in an attempt to stifle their free speech rights.

But not before he gave himself a pat on the back by apparently quoting Fox Business Network morning host Maria Bartiromo as saying "the best thing ever to happen to Twitter is Donald Trump." The commander in chief's assessment of that: "So true, but they don't treat me well as a Republican." He went on to call Twitter "Very discriminatory" and calling on Congress to crack down on the company.


The president's morning Twitter screed started at 5:59 a.m. He signaled a possible end nearly two hours later, at 7:47 a.m. with three words he has flirted with making his reelection slogan: "KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"

The president has erupted before after a few days of relative silence. On Tuesday, he at least started that on his favorite social media site. He has three events on his public schedule. None, as of Tuesday morning, are slated to include reporters, who routinely pepper him with questions.

But, as always, that could change.

"It'll be up to him," aides often say when asked if reporters might get some facetime with Trump on any given day.

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