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President Trump on Thursday blamed "the real enemy of the people, the fake news media" for portraying his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a failure.

He insisted that the meeting, which was met with alarm by Republicans, Democrats, and national security experts, was a "great success," and additionally said that he looked forward to a "second meeting" to move forward on "stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation," and more.

Intelligence officials have condemned Trump's apparent defense of Putin regarding Russia's interference in U.S. election systems. In a second tweet, Trump baselessly claimed that most media ignored his acknowledgement of Russian meddling out of a desire to "see a major confrontation with Russia." He did, however, praise Fox News for showing clips of him discussing Russia's interference, condemning the rest of the media for wanting "no part of that narrative." Summer Meza

July 15, 2018

President Trump claimed on Twitter Sunday he will be subject to criticism by Democrats and the media no matter how positive a result he secures at his Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump also alleged the press has not given adequate attention to North Korea's decision not to conduct new weapons tests for the better part of a year. "[W]hy isn't the Fake News talking about these wonderful facts?" he asked. "Because it is FAKE NEWS!" Alternatively, maybe it is because it is customary to report more on things that do happen than things that don't. Bonnie Kristian

July 1, 2018

Tens of thousands of Americans rallied at more than 700 "Families Belong Together" marches Saturday, braving extreme heat to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies, particularly the recently halted practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border.

President Trump, meanwhile, posted tweets Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning again proposing immediate deportations without due process and falsely claiming immigrants commit more crimes:

Contrary to Trump's assertion, a number of studies have found immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than those born in the United States. “There's no way I can mess with the numbers to get a different conclusion," the Cato Institute's Alex Nowrasteh told The New York Times. Bonnie Kristian

June 30, 2018

President Trump said on Twitter Saturday he has spoken with the king of Saudi Arabia and asked him to increase his country's oil production:

Trump did not clarify in the error-ridden tweet whether he thought King Salman agreed to his statement that prices are too high or to the production request. Saudi Arabia confirmed a call between the two leaders occurred but did not comment on extra production. The U.S. benchmark for crude oil reached $74 per barrel Friday. Bonnie Kristian

June 30, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Saturday slammed proposals to shut down Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):

ICE was created just 15 years ago to ramp up enforcement duties previously handled by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Customs Service. The agency's increasingly aggressive enforcement tactics have drawn broad criticism. "Even the cops don't like us anymore, because they're listening to the news also," one ICE agent recently told the Los Angeles Times. "'Oh you guys are just separating families.'"

The New York Times reported Thursday that 19 ICE agents sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking her to dissolve their agency. Recommendations for what to do after abolishing ICE vary. Bonnie Kristian

June 24, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Sunday proposed that immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally be immediately deported without due process:

The tweet's proposal is similar to comments Trump made Tuesday. "I don't want judges," he said. "I want border security. I don't want to try people. I don't want people coming in. Do you know, if a person comes in and puts one foot on our ground, it's essentially, 'Welcome to America, welcome to our country.' You never get them out, because they take their name, they bring the name down, they file it, then they let the person go. They say, 'Show back up to court in one year from now.'"

Sometimes, the president is very fond of due process. In February, he plaintively asked on Twitter whether there is "no such thing any longer as Due Process," apparently objecting to public critique of men accused of domestic abuse. Bonnie Kristian

June 23, 2018

President Trump referenced a Drudge Report headline on Twitter Saturday morning to claim his administration has handled migrant detention better than their predecessors:

While Trump is correct that some recently circulated photos of immigrant children kept in cages with mylar blankets show unaccompanied minors detained by the Obama administration several years ago, more recent footage reveals Trump's own administration housed some children separated from their families the same way. Moreover, illegal immigration to the U.S. has been declining for two decades.

Others of the president's Saturday morning tweets and retweets touched on favored topics including the economy, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the media, and manufacturing. Bonnie Kristian

June 19, 2018

Amid the growing outcry surrounding the separation of immigrant families, President Trump threw out several different defensive tweets Tuesday morning in the hopes that something would stick.

The first thing on Trump's mind was the "rigged witch hunt" Russia investigation, but he quickly moved on to instead criticize an American ally. "Crime in Germany is up 10 percent plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted," said Trump, citing no evidence. Official data from Germany shows that crime actually dropped 10 percent last year. "Be smart America!" Trump nevertheless warned.

Trump also defended his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has led to the separation of children and parents at the border. But his defense was contradictory: First, the president declared that strong borders are essential, but then he once again falsely blamed Democrats for harsh border policies and for allowing immigrants to "infest" the U.S.

But then Trump appeared to return to the argument that family separations are actually necessary. "We must always arrest people coming into our country illegally," he wrote. He then claimed without evidence that the vast majority of children who are being detained in cages didn't actually arrive with their parents, so there were no parents from whom they could be separated.

Trump wrapped it all up by putting the blame for the supposedly very necessary separations on Congress, calling to "change the laws." Summer Meza

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