Trump tweetstorm dominates presidential weekend

President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE tweeted more than 100 times over the three-day weekend as Hurricane Dorian approached and then battered the Bahamas.

Many of the presidential tweets were focused on the dangerous storm, though the president, who split his time at the White House, his Virginia golf club and Camp David, also focused his ire on the media and some celebrity critics.


Trump tweeted Sunday that South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama were likely to be hit by Dorian — a message that might have caused some confusion since the storm was too far east to affect Alabama. The National Weather Service in Birmingham quickly refuted the president's tweet with one of its own.

The president later criticized ABC News anchor Jon Karl over a report that referenced his inaccurate forecast.

“Always good to be prepared!” Trump tweeted late Monday, defending the tweet that included Alabama. “But the Fake News is only interested in demeaning and belittling. Didn’t play my whole sentence or statement. Bad people!”

Trump's barb against Karl was one of several to target the media.

The president lavished praise on Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityRittenhouse says he's destroying gun used in fatal Kenosha shootings Dr. Oz expected to run for Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican: reports Vigilantes are not patriots MORE and lashed out at New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. He derided The Washington Post after the paper published a report that recounted the controversies that dotted his summer.

“Our real opponent is not the Democrats, or the dwindling number of Republicans that lost their way and got left behind, our primary opponent is the Fake News Media,” Trump tweeted Monday. “In the history of our Country, they have never been so bad!”

The tweets about the media far outnumbered the ones about the latest mass shooting that left seven dead and more than 20 injured on Saturday. Trump tweeted twice about the violence in West Texas — once to note he'd been briefed on the matter and again to thank law enforcement. 

The president gave more extended remarks about the shooting at the top of a hurricane briefing on Sunday, again praising first responders and expressing sympathy for the victims.

But he appeared largely occupied with his critics for much of the weekend. 

Trump tweeted or retweeted nearly 10 messages about former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' Countering the ongoing Republican delusion How Biden should sell his infrastructure bill MORE from Saturday morning through Monday, seizing on an internal Department of Justice report that found he had violated the bureau's policies.

The president also targeted Debra Messing after the actress called for the names of donors attending a Trump fundraiser later this month to be made public.

“I have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC’s failed lineup greatly, @DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me ‘Sir,’” Trump tweeted. “How times have changed!”

Trump may have had more time on his hands this weekend than previously expected.

As recently as two weeks ago, the president was scheduled to spend Labor Day weekend in Poland to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II followed by a stop in Denmark. But he scrapped the latter trip after Danish leaders rejected the idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland, and last week Trump announced he would not make the trip to Poland given the approaching hurricane.

Vice President Pence traveled to Poland in place of Trump, who said he hoped to visit the country soon.

Trump helicoptered from Camp David to his Sterling, Va., golf property, where he spent much of Saturday morning and part of the afternoon before returning for a briefing on the impending storm. 

The president had another hurricane briefing on Sunday, then returned to the golf course on Monday, where a CNN photographer captured him appearing to play in a foursome.

“A Category 4 hurricane is headed toward the East Coast and Donald Trump canceled his trip so he could monitor his golf handicap,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE tweeted Monday.

When Trump wasn't on the golf course, he played the role of meteorological observer frequently. The president tweeted out updates about the shifting track of the storm and expressed amazement at the hurricane's size and strength.

“A Category 5 is something that I don’t know that I’ve even heard the term other than I know it's there,” Trump said during a briefing at FEMA headquarters. “That’s the ultimate. And that’s what we have, unfortunately.”