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Trump’s Twitter tirade on first day back at White House

In total, Donald Trump tweeted or re-tweeted just under 40 times between 8 and 10 p.m. Washington time.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 7, 2020 12:17:22 pm
Donald Trump, Donald Trump coronavirus, Trump covid, Trump covid positive, Trump hospitalised, World news, Indian ExpressIn this file photo, President Donald Trump boards Marine One at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for coronavirus in Bethesda. Source: AP

On his first day back in the White House after a three-day stay at a military hospital to treat symptoms of coronavirus, US President Donald Trump launched yet another scathing tirade on Twitter against some of his usual targets in the Democratic Party.

Trump fired off a barrage of tweets and retweets on Tuesday night, a majority of which dealt with the FBI’s probe into his campaign’s links with Russia. The president accused the law enforcement agency of ‘creating’ crimes against his administration, and announced that he was declassifying all documents related to the probe as well as the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for government emails.

“I have fully authorised the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax,” Trump tweeted. “Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!”

Hours after halting talks on a new stimulus package to support the coronavirus-ravaged US economy, President Trump also took several potshots at House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who he claimed had not “negotiated in good faith”. Apart from insulting her physical appearance and calling her “crazy”, he accused Pelosi and other senate democrats of “playing games with the desperately needed Workers Stimulus Payments”.

According to a Bloomberg report, Trump tweeted nearly 40 times between 8 and 10 pm on Tuesday night. His fiery spree of tweets come just as recent polls show Biden logging his biggest lead of the cycle with less than a month to go before election day.

Trump claimed that the upcoming election would be the “most corrupt” in American history. He also attacked Biden for pledging his support for legal abortions during a town hall event on Monday. Trump accused his democratic contender of taking a more liberal position than former presidential candidate “Elizabeth Warren at her highest”.

“Biden and Democrats just clarified the fact that they are fully in favor of (very) LATE TERM ABORTION, right up until the time of birth, and beyond – which would be execution. Biden even endorsed the Governor of Virginia, who stated this clearly for all to hear,” his tweet read.

Trump went on to blast Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who had moderated the first presidential debate, calling him a “total joke” for allegedly going easy on Biden.

He also criticised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after it released new standards that make it highly unlikely for a coronavirus vaccine to be authorised before the election. He accused the body of conducting a “political hit job” against him.

Yesterday, Facebook deleted a post in which the US President had claimed Covid-19 was “less lethal” than the flu. Twitter also restricted the post, hiding it behind a warning about “misleading and potentially harmful information”.

“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” his post read.

The US President announced that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday. He was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center soon after, when he began experiencing mild symptoms.

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