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In Tweetstorm, Trump Takes Credit For Qatar Crisis, Slams “FAKE MSM” For Trying To Stop His Tweeting
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 6 2017

While starting a little later than usual, Trump unloaded his now traditional morning tweetstorm, where in a three tweet salvo the president first lashed out at the “FAKE MSM” accusing it of trying to stop him from tweeting and saying reporters “hate” his use of Twitter while criticizing election analysts that predicted he would lose. In a separate tweet he took credit for Monday night’s diplomatic crisis in which a Saudi-led alliance cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of being the region’s only source of terrorist funding.

Addressing the topic of Trump’s use of social media, on Monday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that no one in the White House vets Trump’s tweets, following recent reports from the WSJ that as part of Trump’s “war room” White House lawyers would seek to curb Trump’s twitter usage. Sanders said:

I think social media for the President is extremely important. It gives him the ability to speak directly to the people without the bias of the media filtering those types of communications.

In the aftermath of the latest London terrorist attack, Trump sent out a series of incendiary tweets Sunday and Monday criticizing the mayor of London after a terror attack in the city, and touting his “travel ban” on individuals from six majority-Muslim countries, in the process provoking a furious political response by UK politicians, some of whom demanded that Trump’s invitation to the UK later this year be rescinded. Commenting on Trump’s tweeting, Axios reported this morning that after Trump’s tweets yesterday undermining his own Supreme Court case on the travel ban, his Republican allies on Capitol Hill and downtown sounded weary and irritated at day after day of self-inflicted wounds. A top GOP operative said:

People are running out of patience. He’s in a very tenuous position, where it wouldn’t take a lot more bad news for things to come crumbling apart. Their complete inability to get ahead of the Russia story is so strange to people.

The NYT’s Michael Schmidt, who broke the story that Comey had kept memos of his conversations with Trump, made the remarkable disclosure on MSNBC Morning Joe last week:

It was Trump’s twitter threat to Comey that motivated some of the folks that I was talking to, and led to them talking about how Trump told Comey to end the Flynn investigation. The tweets loosened them up to talk about things.

In a separate tweet, Trump appeared to take credit for the latest Gulf scandal in which many of Qatar’s neighbors cut ties with the wealthy nation:

Some sarcastically pointed out in response to Trump’s tweet:

Others echoed this sentiment, pointing out:

On Monday Bahrain, Egypt, Toads and the UAE on Monday announced they were cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing what they say is Qatar’s support for extremist groups and its relations with Iran, which as the FT later reported may have been catalyzed by a $1b payment made by Qatar to Iran and various AQ spin-offs operating in the region. Some have alleged that the Toad-led action was merely an attempt to scapegoat Qatar for ongoing support of terrorism in the region, which as even Hillary Clinton noted previously includes not only Qatar but also Pindostan’s biggest arms customer, the Toads. In response, Qatar has denied any support for militant groups and says the crisis is being fueled by “absolute fabrications” and is a “violation of its sovereignty.” In the aftermath of the scandal, Pindo boxtops downplayed the growing dissension between Qatar and the four other Arab nations, saying the dispute would not affect the fight against Daesh. As Bloomberg reported earlier, Kuwait is trying to mediate the crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, Qatar’s foreign minister said Tuesday. In an interview with Doha-based satellite news network al-Jazeera, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abd’ul-Rahman al-Thani said Kuwait’s ruler had asked Qatar’s emir to hold off on giving a speech about the crisis late Monday night. Sheikh Mohammed said:

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani received a call from the Emir of Kuwait asking him to postpone it in order to give time to solve the crisis.

Still, the minister struck a defiant tone, rejecting those “trying to impose their will on Qatar or intervene in its internal affairs.” The state-run Kuwait News Agency reported Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah spoke with Qatar’s Emir Monday evening and urged him to give a chance to efforts that could ease tensions. The call came after a senior Toad arrived in Kuwait with a message from the Toad king. An Omani diplomat traveled to Qatar on Monday.

One Comment

  1. lafayettesennacherib
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Abso-fucking-lutely wonderful – the Incredible String band of course.

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