Tapper to Trump: Spend more time tweeting about troops

Tapper to Trump: Spend more time tweeting about troops
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The tweets came after Trump launched a barrage of attacks on major U.S. news networks and television personalities, including CNN and MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiModerators come under criticism online over contentious debate Scarborough: Media 'parroting' Trump economy when Obama's 'was much stronger' Scarborough: Trump would arrest his media critics 'tomorrow' if he could MORE and Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough questions whether Warren, Klobuchar should drop out 'to help consolidate efforts' against Sanders Scarborough: Sanders, Trump two big winners last night Scarborough blasts Trump pardons, says 'political hacks' and 'co-conspirators' will be next MORE.

In a succession of tweets on Saturday, Trump accused MSNBC's parent company of firing anchor Greta Van Susteren because she refused to cover the president and his administration negatively. He also blasted CNN, asserting that the network had been caught promulgating "fake news" and accusing it of "garbage journalism."

Trump has been criticized by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle of using his Twitter account to distract from important policy matters and legislative efforts, including the current healthcare fight in Congress.

Trump has for years been a vocal presence on the social media site, and frequently used the platform on the campaign trail to attack critics and political opponents.

That habit hasn't subsided since he took office in January.

But Tapper argued Saturday that by using Twitter to launch personal attacks, Trump is doing little to help the voters that sent him to the White House.