As he prepared Monday to address the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention, an exuberant President Trump took to Twitter to say how much he was looking forward to his trip.
“Getting ready to address the Farm Convention today in Nashville, Tennessee. Love our farmers, love Tennessee - a great combination! See you in a little while,” he wrote.
One problem: The farmers are meeting in New Orleans.
A schedule of Trump’s day released by the White House on Sunday night has him landing in Louisiana shortly before 11 a.m. local time Monday.
The errant tweet was deleted a few minutes later — but not before it was noticed and heavily noted in the Twitterverse, including by a Fox affiliate in Nashville.
The station tweeted: “FYI: President Trump is not coming to Nashville, Tennessee today.”
Trump’s Nashville tweet came amid a flurry of other tweets and retweets about the partial government shutdown and investigation into Russian election interference, among other topics.
In some of those, Trump sought to pin blame for the shutdown on Democrats, who have refused to accede to his demand for border wall funding.
“Nancy and Cryin’ Chuck can end the Shutdown in 15 minutes,” Trump wrote, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). “At this point it has become their, and the Democrats, fault!”
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday shows that Americans by a wide margin blame Trump and Republicans for the shutdown.
In other tweets, Trump sought to push back against reports that in 2017 the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was seeking to help Russia.
Trump referred to a segment on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” about gas prices dropping in the United States that attributed the trend in part to his efforts to deregulate the energy sector.
“But this is bad news for Russia, why would President Trump do such a thing?” Trump wrote sarcastically. “Thought he worked for Kremlin?”
Trump also took fresh aim at the media in his morning tweets.
About 15 minutes before he was scheduled to leave the White House en route to Louisiana, he wrote: “The Fake News gets crazier and more dishonest every single day. Amazing to watch as certain people covering me, and the tremendous success of this administration, have truly gone MAD! Their Fake reporting creates anger and disunity. Take two weeks off and come back rested. Chill!”
Later Monday, as Trump was about to take stage in New Orleans, he fired off another tweet that made it clear he knew where he was. In it, Trump referenced New Orleans and its professional football team, which advanced in the National Football League playoffs on Sunday, as well as the team’s quarterback.
“Getting ready to go on stage at the #AFBF100 in New Orleans - packed house!” Trump wrote. “I will try and match the great game played yesterday by the New Orleans Saints and their incredible QB, Drew Brees. People here are very excited by the team. Going on stage now!”