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Trump seems to align Twitter attacks with 'Fox & Friends' updates

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Despite a full slate of legislative battles on the horizon, Trump's thumbs were working overtime to keep up with "Fox & Friends." © SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Despite a full slate of legislative battles on the horizon, Trump's thumbs were working overtime to keep up with "Fox & Friends." Giving up Twitter was certainly not one of President Trump's New Year's resolutions.

Trump's return to the White House was marked by a series of caustic social media outbursts Tuesday morning — as the President appeared to live-tweet his favorite news program.

Despite a full slate of legislative battles on the horizon and a host of international issues that need attention Trump's thumbs were working overtime to keep up with "Fox & Friends."

The President, who has said repeatedly that he is too busy to watch television, attacked his political enemies, took credit for commercial aviation safety and ripped into Iran as his favorite morning show worked through their top stories.

In one particularly acerbic tweet, Trump accused former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin of violating security protocols in the State Department by using her personal email for work minutes after a Fox News report about Abedin aired.

He suggested that the longtime Clinton ally has not been properly punished for her email use and has been protected by members of the "Deep State" in the Justice Department.

"Crooked Hillary Clinton's top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act?"

Trump appears to be referring to a report in the conservative Daily Caller that Abedin sent government passwords to her Yahoo email before it was hacked.

Trump's reference to sailors likely refers to the Navy sailor convicted of taking photos of classified areas inside a submarine.

He added that the DOJ should also target former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired last year amid an intensifying federal investigation into Russian election meddling and possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

While on vacation in Florida for the holidays, Trump tweeted that he was going "back to work" on Christmas before spending seven straight days hitting the links at one of his namesake golf properties.

On Monday, Trump welcomed 2018 by tweeting that there was "much work to be done" when he returned to D.C.

But sharing off-the-cuff comments on Fox News stories seemed to take up much of the President's morning.

Aside from assailing Abedin, Trump thanked Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council for his appearance on Fox and touted the GOP tax bill.

He made no attempt to disguise his not-so-secret TV time by tagging "Fox & Friends" in his post about border security.

"We will be bringing in more & more of your great folks and will build the desperately needed WALL! @foxandfriends," he wrote.

Trump was also subject to some social media mockery for taking credit for a recent report marking 2017 as the safest year on record in commercial aviation.

“Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news - it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!” Trump tweeted.

Critics questioned what Trump meant by “very strict” and what he did to improve airline safety.

“The United States last recorded a fatal airline passenger jet crash in February 2009, but Donald Trump being "very strict" on commercial aviation is the only real reason why flights are so safe today,” political commentator Keith Boykin responded.

Trump also tweeted about sanctions against North Korea moments after Fox aired a segment about the reclusive country calling for improved relations with South Korea.

He kicked off his morning by weighing in on protests in Iran and linked former President Obama to the deadly clashes.

"The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their 'pockets.' The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!" he wrote.

Trump also implored A.G. Sulzberger, the new publisher of the New York Times, to treat him “fairly.”


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