President Trump. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By now we’ve grown accustomed to President Trump’s early-morning Twitter fusillades. Since he’s been president, fully a quarter of the tweets he’s sent have come during the hours of 7 or 8 a.m. Eastern time.


On 119 days of Trump’s presidency — 64 percent of the time — America has woken up to a Trump tweet, or seven.

On Tuesday, the president was in rare form, unleashing a barrage of 10 tweets spanning a range of topics. As is often the case with Trump’s unfiltered commentary, the tweets could use a healthy dose of context and correction. So, let’s add some.

Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign (1) — “quietly working to boost Clinton.” So where is the investigation A.G. (2) @seanhannity (3)

1. Trump is referring to a Ukrainian report from January that gained traction after an email chain involving his son Donald Trump Jr. was revealed earlier this month. That email chain, you may remember, discussed an effort to pass information about Hillary Clinton obtained by the Russian government to the Trump campaign, which Trump Jr. eagerly embraced. The report described how a Ukrainian American woman who worked for the Democratic National Committee got information from people at the Ukrainian embassy about former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Our fact-checkers looked at the attempt to equate that situation with what we know about Russian efforts to back Trump. In short? “[W]hen you dig into the details, the comparison falls apart,” our fact-checkers wrote.

2. Nonetheless, Trump wants his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to investigate. It is not common for a president to direct his chief law enforcement official to investigate someone directly, and it is considered a breach of protocol. (That said, Jimmy Carter once sought an investigation into an alleged drug dealer who appeared on the cover of New York Magazine.) It is even less common for such direction to take place in public.

3. Remember how “the comparison falls apart” if you dig into the details? Fox News’s Sean Hannity apparently never dug into the details. He has been pushing the Ukraine comparison fervently for some time now. Trump is known to DVR news shows and watch them later; perhaps that spurred the mention of Hannity in this tweet.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (4) (where are E-mails & DNC server (5)) & Intel leakers (6)!

4. Sessions’s position within the administration has weakened considerably. On Monday, Trump referred to him as “beleaguered,” though the one doing the beleaguering was Trump himself. Here, Trump describes Sessions’s lack of interest in prosecuting Clinton for “crimes” as “weak”? But: What crimes?

5. These ones: “where are E-mails” and “DNC server.”

“Where are E-mails” refers to the 31,000-plus emails Clinton deleted from her personal server after leaving the State Department. Why were they deleted? As she explained at the time, it was because they weren’t work-related. The work-related ones got turned over to the government; the nonwork ones got erased when the server was decommissioned. Can we be sure that no work-related emails were deleted? No, though Clinton’s lawyers went through them all to draw that distinction. Is there any evidence of a crime? No.

“DNC server” apparently refers to the fact that the Democratic National Committee’s server, which (most of) the government believes was hacked by the Russians in 2015 and 2016, was never inspected directly by the FBI. Is this a crime? No. Does it have anything to do with Clinton? No.

Trump may think Clinton committed some crimes. It’s also possible that he’s simply using campaign rhetoric (“lock her up!”) as a way to turn his base against Sessions, who Trump wants to oust.

6. Sessions has actually already overseen the arrest of a leaker, a young woman in Georgia who leaked an NSA document to the Intercept.

Problem is (7) that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife (8)!

7. Trump sees Sessions’s inaction as a problem — but then describes the problem as lying somewhere else.

President Trump turned on his longtime surrogate Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other members of the Justice Department over the ongoing Russia investigation, and Sessions's recusal from it. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

8. This is a golden oldie from the campaign. Andrew McCabe, who took over management of the FBI after Trump fired James B. Comey, is married to Jill McCabe, who ran for the state senate in Virginia in 2015. A Democrat, she got hundreds of thousands of dollars in support from Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally, and more from the state Democratic Party.

The money wasn’t related to the investigation into Clinton’s email server, with which McCabe was involved, and the money wasn’t from Clinton. But, in Trump’s estimation, it’s all one big conspiracy working against him.

ObamaCare is torturing the American People (9).The Democrats have fooled the people long enough. Repeal or Repeal & Replace (10)! I have pen in hand.

9. A majority of the American people actually think Obamacare is a net good for the country.


10. The “repeal or repeal and replace” language is amusing given how Trump has switched his position on what he wants to happen with health care. He has, over the past week or two, advocated alternately for repeal-and-replace, for a straight repeal and for doing nothing and hoping Obamacare fails.

So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave — American hero (11)! Thank you John.

11. When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) opposed Trump’s candidacy two years ago this month, Trump disparaged him as not being a hero since he’d been captured during the Vietnam War. (“I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said at the time.) Now that McCain is flying back to Washington to vote on a health-care bill despite his recent diagnosis of brain cancer, he is now an unequivocal hero in Trump’s eyes.

Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians (12). Witch Hunt (13). Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!

12. Kushner provided testimony to a Senate committee in closed session. Whether he “proved” that he didn’t collude with Russia remains to be seen. (He was included in the meeting that Trump Jr. set up after receiving that email offering information from the Russian government.)

13. “Witch hunt” is Trump’s preferred term for the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling and any links to his campaign last year.

It’s also the thread to most of the morning’s tweets. He’s mad at Sessions and at McCabe because they are tangentially related to that investigation, which has been a sore spot for Trump for months.

Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom (14). Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The E.U. is very protectionist with the U.S. (15) STOP!

14. The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union would allow it to make a trade deal with the United States directly. That withdrawal will be finalized in 2019.

15. Trump’s tense relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel included a rift over E.U. trade policies, in which Trump called German policies “very bad.”

This will be a very interesting day for HealthCare.The Dems are obstructionists (16) but the Republicans can have a great victory for the people!

16. Trump’s repeatedly blamed the opposition party for obstructing his agenda, including complaining about a slow pace of confirmations for his appointees. In this case, though, the complaint is hollow. The Senate, 52 of whom are Republicans, are trying to pass a bill that requires 50 votes. It’s very hard for the Democrats to obstruct something that could be passed with Republican votes alone — if Trump, the master dealmaker, were able to line those votes up.

With the first part of that tweet, though, we can’t disagree: This will be an interesting day, for health care and seemingly everything else.