- President Donald Trump continued a Saturday night tweetstorm on Sunday morning.
- He railed against Democrats, blamed the FBI for the Florida high school shooting, and called the Russia investigation into collusion with his campaign a “hoax.”
- The tweets come after special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities with interfering in the 2016 US election on Friday.
President Donald Trump picked up a Saturday night tweetstorm where he left off on Sunday, sending 15 tweets in 18 hours railing against Democrats and the FBI.
The tweets Saturday night suggested the FBI was to blame for the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday because the bureau was investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
On Sunday morning, Trump accused former President Barack Obama of sending “$US1.7 Billion Dollars in CASH to Iran”, insisted “Liddle” Sen. Adam Schiff was investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia because Democrats lost the 2016 presidential election, and said the Russians “succeeded beyond their wildest dreams” to sow discord in the US.
The Obama administration sent the money to Iran in 2016 the same day Tehran said it would release four American prisoners. Republicans accused Obama of paying ransom, which the administration denied. In his tweet, Trump said the FBI should have investigated the incident.
Next, Trump thanked Schiff, whom he also called “the leakin’ monster of no control”, for “blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election.” He then suggested Schiff, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was investigating Russian collusion because Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lost to Trump.
On Friday, Schiff said Obama should have been a “more forceful deterrent” in preventing the Kremlin’s efforts to influence the presidential election.
“We should have called them out much earlier,” Schiff said, according to NBC. “While I respect the motive in terms of the Obama administration, they didn’t want to be seen as meddling, the American people had a right to know what was going on and could be trusted to do the right thing with it. And they should have defended being more public and aggressive at the time, at least in my view.”
Then Trump said “if” it was the Kremlin’s goal to generate chaos in the US, they succeeded. The top US intelligence agencies have concluded that was Russia’s goal, and that the Kremlin interfered with the election – by hacking, weaponizing social media, and waging a disinformation campaign – to support Trump’s victory.
“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams,” Trump tweeted. “They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!”
On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office announced eight charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for carrying out social media “interference operations targeting the United States.”
Experts say the indictment also dealt a significant blow to Trump’s claims that the investigation is illegitimate. Trump tried to recast how he has characterised the investigation in the past.
“I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer’,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. “The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!”
Finally, in his 15th tweet in 18 hours, Trump took aim at one of his favourite targets, calling out “The Fake News of big ratings loser CNN”, with a cartoon of a depiction of CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
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