White House

Trump to media: 'Be nice'

Part 2: Senior counselor to President Trump on 'Fox & Friends'

 

President Trump returned to Twitter on Monday morning to take aim at one of his favorite targets: the media.

Trump, who didn’t tweet on Sunday and has mostly refrained from inflammatory tweets since he claimed a week ago that former President Barack Obama had been wiretapping him, wrote his Monday message in a bid to stand up for his staffers.

“It is amazing how rude much of the media is to my very hard working representatives. Be nice, you will do much better!” Trump tweeted.

It’s unclear what specific incident Trump was referring to; however, at least one recent episode could have spurred his thumbs to action.

While defending Trump’s wiretapping allegations in an interview with NorthJersey.com that was published Sunday, Conway noted “you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets – any number of ways.” Then she added intelligence could be gathered with “microwaves that turn into cameras. We know this is a fact of modern life.”

That “microwave” line drew a swift rebuke Monday morning from “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. Trump is known to be an avid viewer of the program.

“This is Kellyanne Conway talking about microwaves,” Brzezinski said, “and I think doing something extremely destructive and using everything she can to sort of boost her own power within this White House, which seems to have a demented twist to at least one side of that we all need to look at really seriously.”

“Morning Joe” had previously banned Conway from appearing on the show after they deemed some of her information inaccurate.

Trump also tweeted about the Republican repeal-and-replace plan to do away with ObamaCare, a plan going through growing pains as the so-called establishment wing of the party tries to achieve buy-in from more conservative members. Trump, the consummate dealmaker, sounded an optimistic note on Monday, however.

“Obamacare is imploding. It is a disaster and 2017 will be the worst year yet, by far! Republicans will come together and save the day.”