Trump to Media: You ‘Hate That I Can Get the…Unfiltered Message Out’

By Susan Jones | June 6, 2017 | 8:38 AM EDT

President Trump said on Tuesday he tweets to get the "honest and unfiltered message out." (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

( – As the furor over President Trump’s Monday tweets continued into Tuesday, the president tweeted a message to the mainstream media (MSM) on Tuesday morning:

“The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out.”

On Monday, President Trump tweeted that he is calling his travel ban “what it is, a TRAVEL BAN,” even though his aides have insisted it is not a travel ban.

Trump also criticized his own Justice Department for not sticking with the original travel ban, producing instead a “watered down, politically correct version,” which is now heading to the Supreme Court.

He criticized the “courts” as “slow and political,” and he said his DOJ “should ask for an expedited hearing.”

On Tuesday, some of the cable news discussion centered on whether the president had undercut his legal argument for the travel ban by tweeting about it.

Trump also tweeted Tuesday morning: “Sorry folks, but if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning WH.”

In two other tweets on Tuesday, President Trump wrote: “Big meeting today with Republican leadership concerning Tax Cuts and Healthcare. We are all pushing hard – must get it right!”

That tweet followed the beginning of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” a show that Trump apparently watches. On today’s show, political analyst Mark Halperin said Trump’s tweeting is hurting his agenda and his relationship with Republicans on Capitol Hill “who throw up their hands in frustration, saying this is not how we wanted the week to go.” 


Trump’s other Tuesday morning tweet referenced news reports about Qatar: “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!”

As reported, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates all severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in a concerted move on Monday, accusing of it supporting Shi’ite and Sunni extremists causing chaos and sectarianism across the region.

Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of supporting ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorists and the Muslim Brotherhood, backing Shi’ite Houthi militia in Yemen, and financing anti-government terrorism in Bahrain.

Trump’s tweet about Qatar indicates that his visit to Saudi Arabia hastened the move by the Gulf States.

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