What he said about Puerto Rico and Fox News
Back from the G-7 summit in France, President Donald Trump has been busy on Twitter, criticizing the news media, Puerto Rico’s government leaders and his Republican opponents in the presidential primary. He even went on a rant about bedbugs.
For those without Twitter alerts turned on for the president, here are his top tweets explained.
‘Great job Mr. President!’
Trump tweeted a new complaint about his poll numbers, citing commonly conservative polling site Zogby Analytics. Zogby has reported that Trump’s overall approval rating is 51%, though virtually every recent credible survey has his rating at least seven percentage points lower.
“It is amazing that I can be at 51% with Zogby when the Fake & Corrupt News is almost 100% against me. Great job Mr. President!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.
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RealClear Politics, which calculates an average score of reliable polls it aggregates, says Trump’s average approval rating from polls conducted Aug. 10-27 was 42.8%.
A nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll conducted Aug. 20-25 showed Trump’s approval rating to be 44%.
Earlier this month a Fox News poll had Trump’s rating at 43%. An Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey said his approval rating was just 36%. Monmouth has it at 40%.
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Just six minutes later, Trump referenced his approval rating again, this time touting the 94% figure among Republican voters that apparently comes from internal polling he has tweeted about in the past.
Axios? Whatever that is…
Next on Trump’s hit list was a recent report by Axios that said the president suggested using nuclear weapons to stop hurricanes approaching the United States.
He had called the report “ridiculous” on Twitter earlier this week, but returned to Twitter Tuesday night.
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“Axios (whatever that is) sat back and said GEEEEE, let’s see what we can make up today to embarrass the President?” Trump tweeted. “Then they said, ‘why don’t we say he wants to bomb a hurricane, that should do it!’ The media in our Country is totally out of control!”
Though he bashed Axios’ prestige by claiming ignorance to its existence, Trump has notably interacted with the outlet before. It was an Axios reporter, Jonathan Swan, who last year conducted the filmed interview that broke news when Trump said he had a plan to end birthright citizenship.
Axios said it stands by its reporting.
Who exactly are Trump’s ‘Three Stooges?’
Add “Mr. Appalachian Trail” the list of nicknames Trump gives his opponents. Tuesday night Trump also blasted three of the Republicans who have either officially declared or said they are considering campaigns for the GOP primary nomination.
“Mr. Appalachian Trail” refers to former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who has said he will decide to run or not by Labor Day.
Sanford is known for a 2009 scandal in which he disappeared from the public for six days, supposedly to hike the Appalachian Trail. He turned out to be in Argentina having an affair.
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The second stooge is Joe Walsh, the former Illinois congressman who has criticized Trump on moral grounds but has a history of racist remarks, including ones that got him pulled off the air during his radio show. He announced his candidacy over the weekend.
Lastly, Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld reportedly collapsed during a 1996 commencement ceremony where he received an honorary degree. Weld has been in the race since declaring in April.
Bedbugs in the news
Trump chimed in on the unusually high volume of recent news reports about bedbugs.
“Tough guy!” Trump said of New York Times columnist Bret Stephens. Stephens deactivated his Twitter account after a wave of backlash against his reaction to being called a “bedbug” by a professor on Twitter. Stephens emailed the professor and the university’s provost.
Trump said that Stephens is a “lightweight journalist” and “a Conservative who does anything that his bosses at the paper tell him to do!”
He also refuted reports that there were bedbugs at his resort in Doral, Fla., where he wants to host next year’s G-7 summit.
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Trump is the ‘best thing’ for Puerto Rico
As Puerto Rico awaited Dorian, which has been classified as a hurricane, the island is prepared for the first major weather event since the deadly Hurricane Maria two years ago.
Meanwhile, Trump has said he is “the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico” on Twitter and criticized its politicians.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz responded to Trump’s false claims Tuesday that inflated the amount of relief aid that Congress approved for Puerto Rico. He said the figure was $92 billion when Congress has only approved $42 billion since 2017.
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“Three thousand Puerto Ricans did not open their eyes this morning because this racist man did not have it within him to do his job, so get out of the way President Trump and let the people that can do the job get the job done,” she said.
Fox News is no longer ‘working for us’
Once again, Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to lambaste what was once his favored network, Fox News. He has recently bashed Fox after it released a poll that said Trump’s approval rating was down.
“They should go all the way LEFT and I will still find a way to Win – That’s what I do, Win. Too Bad!” Trump tweeted.
He has also repeatedly criticized Fox News for bringing on Democratic consultant Donna Brazile.
“We have to start looking for a new News Outlet,” Trump said.
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