Donald Trump began his twitter barrage even earlier than usual Friday morning. His targets were the same as usual, plus a few interesting shake-ups (spoiler: he talked about that wall again).
The president-elect has a busy few days ahead of him; he has an intelligence briefing Friday that he’s already criticized, and he really needs to start rubbing elbows with more congressmen if he hopes to have his cabinet picks confirmed. Then, once he takes office, he’ll have to rein in a congress that’s getting increasingly testy on issues like healthcare and spending, as Democrats have taken a hard line against him and leading senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are criticizing him for not taking U.S. intelligence agencies seriously.
It’s enough to have anybody tweeting in the early hours.
Trump came out of the gate firing at “the dishonest media,” an old standby.
On Thursday, the White House transition team floated the idea to top GOP lawmakers that Congress could write the funding for the bill into a much larger bill. Such a tactic would make it more difficult for Democrats to shoot down the idea of the wall. Congressman Luke Messer (R-Ind.) told Politico, “if tied to the rest of government funding, it’s much harder for the Democrats to stop.”
The media immediately jumped on the suggestions that the wall, which will likely cost several billion dollars, will be funded by U.S. taxpayer money. Throughout the campaign, Trump said Mexico would pay for the border wall, despite Mexican officials denying that.
Trump then moved on to Hillary Clinton, saying that those on the left realized they were never going to match the “PASSION” of his voters. For the second time in a week, he tweeted about the Clinton campaign cancelling the fireworks; on Jan. 2, he tweeted, “When they cancelled fireworks, they knew, and so did I.”
Then the president-elect moved on to the inauguration, saying how excited he is for all of his supporters to join him in D.C. on Jan. 20. Thus, the fourth early-morning tweet was sent in rallying his supporters.