Trump lashes out at media after ducking questions during trip
US President Donald Trump, who was uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter during his nine-day trip overseas, resumed his favorite past-time Sunday with a tweet storm in which he thundered against “fake news”. This is part of a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Late last week, reports surfaced that Trump’s top advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner was a target of investigators probing Russia’s influence in the 2016 election.
Mr Flynn was forced to resign when it emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about conversations he had with Mr Kislyak.
Mr Trump has frequently used attacks on news organisations to rally his supporters when his White House or presidential campaign has found itself mired in scandal, a tactic that has so far enabled him to hold on to his core supporters who are increasingly suspicious of political and media elites in Washington. “Fake news is the enemy!”
“It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media”, he wrote the morning after his return home.
At a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a reporter asked whether he still trusted the United States authorities with sensitive intelligence following reports that Mr Trump had shared secret intelligence from Israel with the Russians during an Oval Office meeting. After the president and first lady exited their helicopter, the first question Trump got from reporters waiting on the South Lawn: “Mr. President, we hear you were trying to set up a back channel to the Russians”. “So, generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is to communicate in a discreet manner”.
The plan could reportedly include building a “war room” within the White House to combat the scandal and feature the return of some of Mr Trump’s more combative campaign aides, including Corey Lewandowski, who was sacked as campaign manager almost a year ago, and David N. Bossie, who was deputy campaign manager and made his name in politics by investigating Bill and Hillary Clinton for two decades, the Post reported.
Those changes also include, according to the anonymous sources cited by the papers, creating a “war room” to respond to the constant media reporting on the Russian Federation probe and directing the flow of the White House message on it, including the possibility that a team of attorneys may review Trump’s tweets.
In a May 26 report in the Wall Street Journal, an adviser to the president said that while a procedure to monitor Trump’s social media activity may be hard to implement, a plan to do so is under consideration.