WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump returned to Twitter on Saturday morning, posting a string of comments critical of news media and questioning why many states are refusing to submit all the data his commission on voter fraud has requested.
Trump, who is spending most of the July Fourth holiday weekend at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course, began with a stately “Happy Canada Day,” calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “my new found friend.”
But 15 minutes later, he returned his attention to television and cable news.
“Word is that @Greta Van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at @NBC & @Comcast because she refused to go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’ ” he tweeted, referring to her dismissal Thursday by MSNBC after she posted ratings lower than shows before and after her.
Then he pivoted to the refusal of as many as half the states to provide some or all of the information — especially the last four Social Security digits — that his Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity requested in a letter to secretaries of state last week.
“Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?” he tweeted.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is vice chairman of the president’s commission, is among those balking at turning over voters’ Social Security information.
Then he turned back to cable news.
“I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!” he said in a post.
He possibly was referring to CNN’s retraction of a story connected to the special counsel’s investigation of Russian meddling in last year’s election and whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia in its bid to help him win election.
His last tweet — as of 11:30 a.m. — revisited his feud with the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” after his tweets using vulgar and demeaning language attacking Mika Brzezinski brought condemnation from all sides, including from many Republican members of Congress.
“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” he tweeted.
Brzezinski and Scarborough on Friday responded by questioning whether Trump is fit to be president. They also said White House aides told them if they apologized to the president for their critical commentary he would make a negative National Enquirer story about them go away.
Trump denied it and said Scarborough asked him to block the story. The story ran in June.
Trump next week will go to Europe for a speech in Warsaw, Poland, followed by meetings at the G-20 Summit with many world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Tonight, Trump will fly back to Washington, D.C., to address a “Celebrate Freedom” rally at the Kennedy Center to honor military veterans hosted by the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. Then Trump will fly back to Bedminster.
Saturday night, Trump flew back to Washington and vowed to support and defend religious liberty, telling a gathering of evangelical Christians that the threat of terrorism is “one of the most grave and dire threats to religious freedom in the world today.”
“We cannot allow this terrorism and extremism to spread in our country, or to find sanctuary on our shores or in our cities,” Trump said last night at a “Celebrate Freedom” concert honoring veterans. “We want to make sure that anyone who seeks to join our country shares our values and has the capacity to love our people.”
The evangelical megachurch First Baptist Dallas and Salem Media Group sponsored the event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress was a strong backer of Trump during the 2016 campaign.
The event at times felt like one of Trump’s signature campaign rallies, with the president promising an adoring crowd that America would “win again” and prompting cheers with attacks on the news media.
“The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m president and they’re not,” he said.
Besides speaking to the event’s religious theme, Trump renewed his campaign promise to always take care of America’s veterans.
“Not only has God bestowed on us the gift of freedom, he’s also given us the gift of heroes willing to give their lives to defend that freedom,” he said.