The world has grown accustomed to President Donald Trump’s Twitter tirades, and Trump did not disappoint over the New Year holiday.
Spending New Year’s Eve in the White House, Trump rattled off a series of tweets, lobbing insults at his detractors, blaming Democrats for all manner of issues, and disputing media reports — some coming from his own chief of staff — that he has abandoned the concept of a concrete border wall.
The news media had largely based its reporting on the see-through wall on Trump’s own tweets on the issue and on outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly’s admission to the Los Angeles Times that the president had long ago modified his signature promise of the 2016 presidential campaign. “To be honest, it’s not a wall,” Kelly said, leaving Trump in damage-control mode.
Further clouding the question of what, exactly, the proposed $5 billion would be used to build, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., came out of a Sunday meeting with the president declaring that the wall “has become a metaphor for border security.”
Trump also took aim at those criticizing his decision to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan:
In another New Year’s Eve tweet, Trump complained that some people don’t understand how great the wall concept truly is, adding that “the Tech ‘stuff’ is just, by comparison, meaningless bells & whistles”.
Ending the last day of the year with more than a dozen tweets, Trump started off 2019 by all-caps taunting his critics: