President Donald Trump lashed out at the mainstream media Saturday morning after a tumultuous day at the White House on Friday that saw the resignation of White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
In a series of tweets, Trump praised Spicer and attributed his exit partly to the "abuse" he received at the hands of the media. The president also bashed several popular media outlets and even gave the Washington Post a new nickname.
"Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media - but his future is bright!" Trump wrote.
Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media - but his future is bright!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1500687993.0
Trump then began calling out media outlets by name in response to a Washington Post report Friday that said Attorney General Jeff Sessions did, in fact, discuss matters related to Trump's presidential campaign during controversial meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. last summer.
Trump bashed the Post as the "Amazon Washington Post" — a reference to the fact that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos owns the Post.
"A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post,this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions.These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop!" Trump wrote.
A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post,this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions.These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1500719581.0
Then he veered off to attack the New York Times in what appeared to be an uncompleted tweet:
The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist,Al-Baghdadi.Their sick agenda over National Security— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1500720305.0
Later in the morning, Trump responded to reports that the White House won't "rule out" the pardoning of high-level staffers in the administration over allegations of Russian collusion.
Incoming White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during an on-camera briefing Friday was pressed over the issue of whether or not Trump would pardon himself or other White House staffers if the FBI's investigation into Russia ever came down to that.
Huckabee Sanders maintained exactly what the Constitution says about the presidential pardon power.
"The president maintains pardon powers like any president would," she told reporters, adding that there were "no announcements" about any pardons at the time.
Trump hit the media over their spin on the story:
While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1500723334.0
In subsequent tweets, Trump attempted to shed light on Hillary Clinton's transgressions as secretary of state:
So many people are asking why isn't the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 e-mails deleted?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1500723869.0
...What about all of the Clinton ties to Russia, including Podesta Company, Uranium deal, Russian Reset, big dollar speeches etc.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1500724073.0
My son Donald openly gave his e-mails to the media & authorities whereas Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted (& acid washed) her 33,000 e-mails!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1500724830.0
Spicer tendered his resignation on Friday reportedly over a disagreement with who Trump selected to be the White House's newest communication's chief, Anthony Scaramucci. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon also opposed Scaramucci's appointment.
Spicer will leave the White House next month and Huckabee Sanders will succeed him.