President Donald Trump was extremely online Sunday morning. And besides railing against former FBI Director James Comey hours ahead of ABC airing a highly anticipated interview that is sure to drive the news cycle, the president also touched on his much-derided tweet in which he utilized a highly loaded term.
A day after the United States, along with the UK and France, launched a missile strike against Syria in response to President Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons, Trump sent a tweet claiming “Mission Accomplished!” Of course, many recalled President George W. Bush’s ill-advised 2003 declaration months into the Iraq War.
A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
This morning, the president defended his use of the phrase, stating that it is a “great Military term” while claiming it was the only thing the “Fake News Media” could demean when it came to the “perfectly carried out” Syrian strike.
The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term “Mission Accomplished.” I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
Trump also said the term should be utilized more, exclaiming “Use often!”
Meanwhile, it Trump’s favorite show covered the criticism of his “Mission Accomplished” tweet shortly before he took to Twitter to defend it. So it appears we have another instance of the Fox-Trump feedback loop.
Fox & Friends covered criticism of Trump's "Mission Accomplished" statement at 7:39 et. He tweeted at 8:19. pic.twitter.com/htVbX0jFZ8
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) April 15, 2018
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