President Donald Trump hit back at critics of his Twitter habit on Saturday, declaring that his use of social media is “modern day presidential.”
“My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again,” he tweeted.
The president’s tweet came after a barrage of earlier attacks on the nation’s mainstream media, which spent the latter half of last week harping on his Twitter missives.
The president, on Sunday, further aggravated the mainstream media by posting an old clip of himself in a mock scrap with WWE CEO Vince McMahon. In the clip Trump posted, however, McMahon’s face is replaced by the CNN logo.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
CNN promptly released a statement regarding the tweet, accusing the president of advocating violence against reporters.
“It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the President had never done so,” said the statement. “Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”
There is one thing CNN has right: Amid GOP struggles to formulate a plan to rework Obamacare, growing international turmoil and lingering economic uncertainty, there certainly is no reason Trump’s tweets should provide the daily top story for major news networks. Still, it isn’t likely that CNN is going to begin focusing on real issues any time soon– at least not as long as the network is so easily trolled by the president.