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GREAT FALLS, MT - JULY 05: U.S. president Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Four Seasons Arena on July 5, 2018 in Great Falls, Montana. President Trump held a campaign style 'Make America Great Again' rally in Great Falls, Montana with thousands in attendance. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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  • President Donald Trump embarked on a lengthy tweetstorm
    Sunday morning.
  • He touched on everything from border security, his
    perceived popularity, the “fake news” media, a meeting with the
    publisher of The New York Times, and Michael Cohen.

President Donald Trump spent Sunday morning tweeting about a
hodgepodge of issues that were in the news this week.

Trump blasted out ten tweets between 7:30 a.m. ET and about 9:15
a.m. ET, which touched on a series of issues from border security
to the unemployment rates to recent revelations about his
longtime former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Border control

The president started by touting a quote from Tom Homan, the
former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Homan told Fox
News earlier this month
that he knew of “nobody that had done
more for border security and public safety than President Trump,”
despite having worked for six presidents.

Trump later tweeted
a warning
that “there are consequences when people cross our
Border illegally, whether they have children or not — and
many are just using children for their own sinister purposes.”

Earlier this week the government said it had
reunited 1,820 children with their parents or other
relatives
, but was unable to do so for more than 700 other
children as they were “ineligible” for reunification.

Trump also threatened to shut down the government if Democratic
lawmakers refused to vote for border security measures like a
wall between US and Mexico.

Other tweets on the topic included retweeting
a previous post
 in which he endorses David Kustoff, a
Republican representative for Tennessee’s 8th District, who he
says is “strong on crime and borders, loves our Military, Vets
and Second Amendment.”


mexico border wall
Kids
peer through the US-Mexico border fence from the Mexican side of
the fence.

Mario Tama/Getty
Images


Unemployment, GDP, and poll numbers

Trump also boasted of the US’s strong second-quarter GDP growth,

which rose at a 4.1% annual rate, the fastest since 2014
.

He said
that the US quarterly trade deficit had been “reduced by $52
billion,” although it’s not clear exactly where those figures
came from. Trump has over the past two months announced tariffs
on trade partners including China, the EU, Canada, and Mexico,
with many of them announcing retaliatory measures.

He added that his administration achieved “historically low
unmeployment numbers, especially for African Americans,
Hispanics, Asians and Women.”

The US economy added almost 3.5 million jobs, but the Obama
administration also contributed to a large job growth streak,

PolitiFact reported
.

The president noted in
a separate tweet
: “Wow, highest Poll Numbers in the history
of the Republican Party. That includes Honest Abe Lincoln and
Ronald Reagan.

“There must be something wrong, please recheck that poll!

It’s unclear which poll he was referring to. There is also no
polling history dating back to Lincoln’s presidency.


trump truckAndrew
Harnik/AP

Meeting The New York Times’ publisher to discuss “fake news”

The president added that he had “a very good and interesting
meeting” with AG Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times,
and claimed that they had spent “much time” discussing fake news.

To whom he was referring as “fake news” media was not clear in
the tweet, although Trump has referred to The Times as “fake
news” multiple times in the past.

Michael Cohen’s loyalty

The president also retweeted a 2017 post by Michael Cohen, which
praised Donald Trump Jr. “for being open, honest and transparent
to the American people” after Trump Jr. released a series of
emails setting
up a meeting between him and a Russian lawyer
.

“Do you think the Fake News Media will ever report on this tweet
from Michael?” the president asked. News outlets including The
Washington Post and CNN had reported on the tweet in the past.

Earlier this week Cohen re-entered Trump’s crosshairs after his
lawyer
released a tape appearing to show him and Trump discussing how to
buy the rights to a former Playboy model’s story of an affair
with Trump
, and after he
reportedly claimed that Trump personally approved the June 2016
meeting
between members of his campaign staff and
representatives of Russia.


Michael Cohen and Donald Trump
Michael Cohen and Donald
Trump.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images; Sean
Gallup/Getty Images; Jenny Cheng/Business
Insider



“The only things the Democrats do well is ‘Resist'”

Last but not least, the president also had some choice words for
Democratic lawmakers, which he called “a total disgrace” and
“incompetent.”

“The only things the Democrts do well is ‘Resist,’ which is their
slogan, and ‘Obstruct,'” he said in a retweeted post by himself
from Saturday.

 

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