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Trump vows to stick with social media despite recent backlash

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President Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to reaffirm his strategy to use social media to combat what he sees as “fake news” from media outlets and get out his message.

Trump’s most recent controversy was his tweet claiming that MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski had a facelift and was “bleeding badly” during a meeting around New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago.

The criticism for that tweet came from both sides of the aisles. Brzezinski, for her part, wrote a column in The Washington Post, saying that she—along with her co-host Joe Scarborough—are “certain” that Trump is “not mentally equipped to continue watching our show.”

She said she is doing fine. Scarborough continued, “We’re OK—the country is not.”

Trump tweeted on Saturday that his use of social media “is not Presidential—it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!”

He also tweeted that “the FAKE & FRAUDLENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media—but remember, I won….the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!”

Most of Trump’s critics would read that tweet and say: you may have won the election using that strategy, but now you are the president, and the role requires more seriousness and deference.

Maureen Dowd, a columnist for The New York Times, penned a column Saturday titled, “Cruella de Trump.” She writes, “Trump is isolated in the White House, out of his milieu, unable to shape the story, forced to interact with people he doesn’t own. Even the staffers folding his clothes aren’t on his payroll.”

Criticism for the Brzezinski tweet was not limited to The Times’ editorial page. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., tweeted, “Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office.”

Fox News' Brit Hume noted on Twitter: "Please explain how the president of the United States can be 'bullied' by the hosts of what he says it is a low-rated cable TV show? Absurd." Hume tweeted again, “His Tweets make his critics more visible and they diminish him. It's punching down and it's a mug's game.”

Perhaps one of the main concerns for Trump supporters who-- like Ann Coulter—enjoy when Trump takes on opponents on social media, there seems to be no limit to what Trump will not post on Twitter.

The White House appears to position Trump’s Twitter use as an asset. Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee, said on Fox News—in response to the tweet—that Trump fights back.

“This is a president that fights fire with fire,” she said.

My use of social media is not Presidential - it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017

One of his most famous tweets was the one where he posted, “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

Trump—once again on Twitter-- said that he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey.

"With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information," Trump said he has "no idea" whether there are "tapes" or recordings of the two men's conversations. But he declares he "did not make, and do not have, any such recordings."

Comey says any recordings that might exist would support his version that Trump asked him to pledge loyalty and urged him to drop the investigation into Trump's former national security adviser.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," Comey declared at a congressional hearing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

Last modified on Sunday, 02 July 2017 09:29

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President Trump keeps winning; the self-inducted elitist are really angry. I love it.

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You go President Trump. We are in a new era with communication. We have the power of social media, instead of only one voice, that of the traditional media. And President Trump just knows how to use it well. Besides, the liberal media are mad because they cannot control the story line any longer. I am 100 percent behind President Trump's twitter use. I love it!!!

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Bill Tex Cowart Written by Bill Tex Cowart
July 02, 2017
Trump is smart enough to know he will never get a fair shake with the liberal news media, the Twitter account is the only way to fight these lies. He won the election by using this and he knows it drives the liberals crazy.

Trump has the values of a charlatan. Worse, he sends Huckabee, Spicer and Conway on fool's errands

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As long as it gets under the skin of the Elitist media I agree with it, they were so much into Obama that they thought they run the country and with the Democrats they do as the Dems have no platform except tax and spend.

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Tom Schwander Written by Tom Schwander
July 02, 2017
As long as the media will not give our President the same consideration they gave obama and the clintons the President has to rely on his own means to get his word out. Would rather he didn't use personal comments though?
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Michael LoVetere Written by Michael LoVetere
July 02, 2017
The President tells it like it is,...former pres Obama spoke from what he sits on...
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Robert Webster Written by Robert Webster
July 02, 2017
I do not see any difference in media coverage when Obama made a slip they were on top of him just like they are on top of Trump, if Trump was doing what he should be doing being a President and letting Congress run the country then his approval would not be the lowest of any President at this time of his election.
Trump has done more to divide this country and to bring out violence than any President in the last 100 years.

Michael A. Horvath Written by Michael A. Horvath
July 02, 2017
It is about time that their is an offense instead of constantly taking what is being dished out. There is nothing wrong with Trump attacking those who are attaching him.
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Rob Pekarik Written by Rob Pekarik
July 02, 2017
Obama didn't have to tweet, he had his mob lackeys in the main stream media and the democrat party doing his dirty work for him. Just like any Don would do.
Bartók János Written by Bartók János
July 02, 2017
Give them the "shtick" Mr. President !
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Harry Townsend Written by Harry Townsend
July 02, 2017
They were never on Obama, he always got a pass, because he was their bud and used them to cover up a lot the public never knew about.

Congress run the country?? Have you ever seen their ratings? That tells it all. Trump didn't run for President to get high ratings, there was and is a lot of fraud being uncovered every day from the Obama administration. Yah Obama was rated high! Why??? The friendly media!! And where is the violence coming from? Not the right. Jesus have you been in isolation? You need help!


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