White House

Trump’s snow day Twitter rant spills into Monday with attacks on Dems

President also mocks report of FBI probe into whether he worked for Russia

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing on Marine One from the White House on Thursday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

After a snowy Sunday of Twitter threats and jabs, President Donald Trump on Monday morning fired off more posts blaming Democrats for the now-record partial government shutdown and mocking a report the FBI opened an investigation over concerns he was working for Russia.

During a mid-December Oval Office meeting that devolved into a bickering match, the president told Democratic leaders he would “take the mantle” of any partial shutdown. With nine Cabinet agencies and other offices now shuttered for more than three weeks, Trump on Monday wrote that “Nancy and Cryin’ Chuck can end the Shutdown in 15 minutes,” referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York.

“At this point it has become their, and the Democrats, fault!” the president, eager to try and shift the blame as polls show a majority of Americans blame him and his fellow Republicans.

Trump fired off several tweets over the weekend reminding his 57.3 million followers he was inside the White House as a winter storm dumped around 8 inches of snow on Washington. On Monday, hours before he was slated to head to New Orleans to address a farming conference, Trump offered yet another reminder, writing: “I’ve been waiting all weekend. Democrats must get to work now.”

He and other White House officials over the weekend painted Trump as at work and eager for Democrats to drop by for some negotiating as they pounced on a photo that went viral of Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Robert Menendez, D-N.J., shirtless on a Puerto Rican beach chatting with a bikini-clad companion.

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On Saturday night, the president called into a Fox News program where he was asked about a New York Times report that detailed why the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation of him to find out whether he might have been willingly or otherwise working for the Russian government. Trump never directly answered the question, but called the notion “insulting.”

On Monday, Trump mocked that story when he appeared to quote from a Fox News morning show’s report about gas prices before adding this: “But this is bad news for Russia, why would President Trump do such a thing? Thought he worked for Kremlin?”

He also fired off two Sunday night posts attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a 2020 Democratic White House candidate, that included his preferred nickname for her: “Pocahontas.”

He also lashed out at Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon and the Washington Post.

And on a lighter note, Trump seemed to spend ample time during the winter storm gazing out at the snow-covered White House grounds. On Sunday night, he wrote a tweet saying he wished he could “share with everyone the beauty and majesty of being in the White House and looking outside at the snow filled lawns and Rose Garden.”

Shortly after the president opted against snapping a few pictures with his phone and sending those out via social media, the official Twitter account of his wife, first lady Melania Trump, did just that.

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