WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – President Trump is facing mounting criticism as a result of his escalating feud with the media.
Just days after taking aim at MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski via social media, the President sent yet another controversial tweet – this one aimed at CNN.
On Sunday the President tweeted a doctored Wrestlemania video of himself knocking out a man who’s head had been replaced by a CNN logo.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
CNN released a statement saying “It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have condemned Mr. Trump’s ongoing war with the media.
“It’s just not the way we oughta be, the coarseness is unacceptable,” said Gov. John Kasich, R-OH.
“Leaders don’t build themselves up by pushing people down,” said Sen. Tom Carper, D-DE.
Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert came to the President’s defense.
“There’s a lot of cable news shows that reach directly into hundreds of thousands of viewers and they’re really not always fair to the president,” he said.
Monday morning, the President took to Twitter again to complain that the media had overlooked his administration’s accomplishments.
At some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy, success with ISIS, the border & so much else!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
Some it’s the President himself who is getting in the way of his own message.
“People heard very little about any of those things because of the focus on the issues the president raises on social media. So, it seems like a distraction on many mornings,” said Gerald Seib, Executive Washington Editor at the Wall Street Journal.
But the president also took to Twitter on Monday to weigh in on a controversial court decision in the U.K.
Charlie Gard is a terminally ill British infant whose parents wanted to bring him to the U.S. for trial therapy.
Courts denied the request and said the 10 month-old could be removed from life support against his parents’ wishes because further treatment would cause significant harm.
The ruling sparked protests and gained worldwide attention.
Over the weekend, Mr. Trump’s tweets seemed to overshadow several calls to foreign leaders ahead of this week’s G-20 Summit. The President reached out to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the threat from North Korea.
He’s also preparing for a much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the summit.
White House officials say they have no agenda for the meeting with the Russian President Putin, saying Mr. Trump will talk about whatever Mr. Putin wants to discuss.
Russia said it is growing impatient for the u-s to return two embassy compounds seized by American officials back in December.
The Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shuttered the estates in Maryland and long island, New York in response to Russian meddling in the presidential election.