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Trump blasts DOJ, FBI, news media, Amazon, Mexico

It appeared President Donald Trump‘s tweets Monday were driven by morning cable news coverage. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The president, fresh off his weekend getaway to Mar-a-Lago, unloaded on Twitter Monday morning.


President Donald Trump kicked off the week with a string of inflammatory tweets in which he called the Justice Department and FBI an “embarrassment to our country,” slammed the news media, continued his assaults on the retail-giant Amazon, and declared DACA “dead.”

The outburst came as Trump returned to Washington to a relatively quiet week, with Congress away. Some in the White House viewed the attacks as an outgrowth of that unfilled time.

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“He definitely seems to have that anxiousness that comes with boredom,” one White House official said.

Trump opened Monday morning where he left off on Easter Sunday, accusing Mexico of not doing enough to stop illegal immigration.

“Mexico has the absolute power not to let these large ‘Caravans’ of people enter their country. They must stop them at their Northern Border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws,” Trump wrote. “Congress must immediately pass Border Legislation, use Nuclear Option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People. Border Patrol Agents (and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Dem laws don’t allow them to do their job. Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!”

He quickly added: “DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon… No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!”

Democrats quickly cried foul.

“Time and time again, the President has walked away from bipartisan proposals that are exactly what he asked for,” said Drew Hammill, an aide to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “When an agreement to protect the Dreamers is reached, it will be despite this President rather than with his leadership.”

“I think these are so wildly off base and not based in reality that they’re best left to speak for themselves,” quipped a Democratic Senate aide.

In another tweet, Trump said Mexico was “making a fortune on NAFTA” and said U.S. “border laws” are “pathetic.”

Trump ended last year the DACA program, which provides work permits and protection from deportation for some people who entered the country illegally as minors, but the courts have blocked its elimination for now. Bipartisan attempts to codify DACA failed, and Trump has offered varying positions on the issue.

Immigration wasn’t the only thing on Trump’s mind, and it appeared his tweets were driven by morning cable news coverage.

“So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased,” Trump wrote. “Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”

That missive seemed to be a response to coverage of Sinclair’s directing local broadcasters to read a message denouncing mainstream press coverage as unfair.

As he ticked through his favorite topics, retail giant Amazon was next on the list.

“Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon,” Trump wrote. “THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed. Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country…not a level playing field!”

Trump has upped his attacks on Amazon in recent days, which is led by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, another frequent target of Trump’s ire. He has not offered any evidence that Amazon costs the U.S. Postal Service money, and Amazon provides a significant amount of business for the agency.

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Next up was the Justice Department and the FBI.

“So sad that the Department of ‘Justice’ and the FBI are slow walking, or even not giving, the unredacted documents requested by Congress. An embarrassment to our country!” Trump wrote.

He did not specify which documents he was referencing, but House Republicans recently subpoenaed the DOJ for its records relating to the probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, with Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) citing “ongoing delays” in the process. The move comes amid intensifying criticisms among Republican leaders of the Justice Department and FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation.

In response to the legal maneuvering, FBI director Christopher Wray last week announced that the bureau would double the number of staffers reviewing documents from 27 to 54 to comply with requests from GOP officials.

Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle contributed to this report.

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