Trump wasted little time before launching his opening salvos on Twitter on Tuesday morning, when the President first went after the "Fake News Media" just after 6:30am, accusing the press of publishing false stories.
"The Fake News Media has never been so wrong or so dirty. Purposely incorrect stories and phony sources to meet their agenda of hate. Sad!" Trump lashed out in his first tweet on Tuesday.
The Fake News Media has never been so wrong or so dirty. Purposely incorrect stories and phony sources to meet their agenda of hate. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2017
It was not immediately clear which particular story (or stories) prompted Trump's ire this morning. The president's latest tweet came hours before Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and shortly after Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of the conservative news site and TV network Newsmax, said during an interview on "PBS NewsHour" that Trump is thinking about firing special counsel Robert Mueller.
As NBC noted last night, it is open to question how reliable Ruddy's comments are. "He is often described as a close friend of Trump's, and reporters spotted him leaving the White House on Monday. But a source familiar with the visit told NBC News that any meeting Ruddy was to have had with the president was postponed. Still, his remarks prompted this reply on Twitter from Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, who said the committee would simply reappoint Mueller and then advised the president: "Don't waste our time."
If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don't waste our time.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 12, 2017
"I can't manage that they're going to be crazy enough to go through with this threat," Schiff said later in an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball," adding: "I think it's just a way of raising doubts about this very good man who's respected by people on both sides of the aisle."
Ruddy himself told PBS: "I personally think it would be a very significant mistake, even though I don't think there's a justification for a special counsel in this case."
In a follow up tweet, the president again went after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals early Tuesday after it ruled against the president's so-called travel ban.
"Well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again - Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a dangerous time in the history of our country. S.C." Trump tweeted, referring to the Supreme Court.
Well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again - Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a dangerous time in the history of our country. S.C.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2017
As reported on Monday, the San Francisco-based court affirmed in large part the Hawaii District Court ruling blocking parts of the order, which temporarily banned nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., suspended the entry of all refugees and reduced the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year. In a unanimous ruling Monday, a three-judge panel on the court said Trump's revised order does not offer a sufficient justification to suspend the entry of more than 180 million people on the basis of nationality.
Trump earlier this month renewed the debate over his order in the wake of the attack in London. In a series of tweets following the London attack, the president referred to his order as a "travel ban" and insisted it was necessary to keep the U.S. safe.
Separately, a group of 17 Attorneys General filed a motion before the Supreme Court, seeking to prevent a hearing on Trump's appeal, effectively ending the debate before it has even started.