Inhofe: 'I cringe a little bit' when Trump tweets

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain Inhofe Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Overnight Defense: Senators show skepticism over Space Force | Navy drops charges against officers in deadly collision | Trump taps next Navy chief Senators show deep skepticism on Space Force proposal MORE (R-Okla.) on Thursday said he “cringe[s] a little” whenever President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE tweets, but that he doesn’t blame the president for trying to bypass a media that “hates him.”

“I have to admit — confession’s good for the soul — every time I hear that a tweet is coming out, I cringe a little,” Inhofe said during a speech at the National Defense University focused on his priorities for the committee. “Bu, wouldn’t it be kind of nice if he had someone to bounce those off, changing the wording maybe a little bit? But how else can he circumvent a media that hates him?”

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While Inhofe was ultimately defending the president, the admission of discomfort at Trump’s tweets was still noteworthy coming from someone who has been a staunch supporter of the president.

Trump has issued several defense-related tweets that have rattled U.S. allies and reportedly taken the Pentagon by surprise on issues ranging from NATO to North Korea.

On Thursday, Inhofe told the audience of uniformed military officers, officers from allied countries and other officials that “probably some of you in this room are among those who hate Trump.”

“That’s alright, but you need to recognize what this guy has done,” he added, before ticking off a list of accomplishments he said they should consider, including increases to the defense budget. 

“We are just reversing what happened to the military,” Inhofe said. “That $220 billion cut that was there, we’re changing that. That’s what we’re changing right now.”