Saturday’s Trump tweets range from stocks to Wilson

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took to Twitter early on Saturday morning and commented on a variety of topics ranging from the Senate narrowly passing the 2018 budget to continuing his ongoing battle with Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson to JFK.

Trump’s first tweet came a little before 5 a.m. when he commented on what he says is a lack of media coverage following the Senate narrowly passing a budget, which was a major prerequisite to pass any of the sweeping tax cuts that President Trump has favored.

Trump’s next tweet came 15 minutes later and was a continuation of his feud with Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.

The feud began when Trump called the pregnant widow of 25-year-old Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed in Niger earlier in October when his patrol was ambushed by militants believed linked to the Islamic State group.

In the call, Trump told the widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

Wilson, who is close to the family and was riding with them at the time, overheard the call on speakerphone. Wilson told reporters that the family was upset by Trump’s call.

Trump continued this feud a few hours later when he retweeted an account named “EaglePundit” who tweeted out a photo of former President Obama with Rep. Wilson. Trump’s tweet this time only said “People get what is going on.”

Sgt. La David T. Johnson was laid to rest on Saturday.

A little after 5:30 a.m., Trump tweeted that he would not block the previously scheduled release of thousands of government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

In 1992, Congress passed a law requiring all assassination documents to be released within 25 years, but the president still has the power to block them on the grounds that making them public them would harm intelligence or military operations, law enforcement or foreign relations.

The National Archives has until Thursday to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy’s 1963 assassination.

A little before 6 a.m., Trump took to twitter again to say that the media was not giving his administration enough credit for the recent surge in stock prices that resulted in another record high on Friday.

In August, CNN reported that the stock market has hit an all-time high in 30 of the last 54 months and has reached a new high on average once every seven days since March 2013.

A little before 1 p.m., Trump then retweeted an article from The Hill, which included his statement about U.S. backed forces in Syria retaking the city of Raqqa in northern Syria, the city had been the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State.

In that statement, Trump said that the recapture of the city is “a critical breakthrough in our worldwide campaign to defeat ISIS.”

Trump returned to Twitter a little before 4 p.m. to Tweet about the ongoing investigation into reports that his campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election.

The tweet referenced a dossier that was put together by a political research firm that contained some explosive allegations, including that Russia has compromising information about Trump.

The House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference into the election, did issue a subpoena to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier earlier in October.

Joshua Levy, a lawyer representing the political research firm sent a letter signaling that the company wouldn’t cooperate in the investigation and that any employees compelled to testify would use their Fifth Amendment rights to refuse to testify.

Levy also accused House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of acting “in bad faith,” saying Nunes “would rather use his office learn about who funded opposition research on Donald Trump than whether the Russian government interfered with our election.”

Nunes signed off on the subpoenas even though he stepped aside from leading the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling.

Trump returned to Russian investigation a few minutes apparently asking about the role Facebook played in the 2016 election.

Facebook recently acknowledged that a company linked to a Russian internet agency bought 3,000 ads for about $100,000 in the run-up to the 2016 election that were seen by an estimated 10 million people. Facebook also recently acknowledged it played a role in the 2016 elections.

The networks that President Trump cited in his tweet are news agencies that are protected under the First Amendment.

Trump returned to Twitter yet again a little after 5 p.m., this time tweeting about Hillary Clinton, Facebook and the results of the 2016 election.

Facebook did not and does not endorse any candidates in an election.


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