White House aide Kellyanne Conway has criticised the media for its so-called obsession with Donald Trump’s tweets - just as the President was launching a fusillade of comments on social media about his Muslim travel ban.
“This obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what of he does as president,” Ms Conway told NBC.
When an anchor responded by saying that was Mr Trump’s chosen way of communicating - both with the media and the American people - she denied that was the case. “That’s not true,” she said.
Journalist Craig Melvin then said: “Well, he hasn’t given an interview in three weeks. So lately it has been his preferred method.”
As Mr Conway was speaking, Mr Trump has published a flurry of tweets, asserting that he did indeed consider his stalled executive order “a travel ban”, and criticising his own officials for trying to have revised version of the order approved by the Supreme Court.
“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN,” Mr Trump wrote in one of four tweets, which he started posting at 6am.
He added: “In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the US in order to help keep our country safe. The courts are slow and political!”
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