President Donald Trump may have tweeted again Monday morning shortly after watching a cable-news segment.
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, host Joe Scarborough asked skeptically whether his chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon, was “calling the shots” in the Trump White House.
Just under an hour after the segment aired, Trump declared in a tweet that he was calling “my own shots” in his administration.
Though Trump’s Monday tweet was vague, the message follows a seemingly familiar pattern with the new administration.
On several occasions in January, the president appeared to borrow language and statistics directly from Fox News segments almost immediately after they aired. He dubbed Chelsea Manning an “ungrateful traitor” after “Fox and Friends” described her in those exact terms. And he suggested he’d send in federal law enforcement to Chicago shortly after Bill O’Reilly aired a segment on the same topic.
Many top policymakers and advocates noticed Trump’s viewership habits. And they have attempted to get their message to the president through his preferred morning programs.
After an interview on “Morning Joe” last month, for instance, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings received a call from the president after addressing him directly on the show about lowering the costs of prescription drug prices.
And on Monday, left-leaning veterans group “VoteVets” announced an ad debuting on “Morning Joe” urging the president directly not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“President Trump. I hear you watch the morning shows. Here’s what I do every morning,” a veteran said, while lifting weights in a garage.
I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017