DC Daily: Trump Twitter tirade includes call for Iger apology, reversal on Comey

DC Daily: Trump Twitter tirade includes call for Iger apology, reversal on Comey
Posted at 8:00 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 11:00:15-04

Here's what's making headlines in the political world on May 31, 2018:

President visiting Texas to meet with families of shooting victims
-- President Trump will be in Texas Thursday to meet with families of victims of the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Eight students and two teachers were killed in the May 18 shooting. The gunman, identified as a student, was apprehended.

In addition to the meeting with the families, Trump’s Texas trip includes two Republican Party fundraisers.

Trump again asks for apology from Disney CEO
-- In a morning tweet storm, President Trump again demanded an apology from Disney president Bob Iger for negative news from ABC and also denied firing James Comey because of the Russia probe.

"Iger, where is my call of apology? You and ABC have offended millions of people, and they demand a response. How is Brian Ross doing? He tanked the market with an ABC lie, yet no apology. Double Standard!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's tweet follows a Wednesday Tweet, criticizing Iger for calling to apologize to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. Roseanne Barr, whose ABC show was canceled on Tuesday, sent a racist tweet about Jarrett on Monday evening.

In his Thursday morning Tweet, Trump referred to ABC News reporter Brian Ross, who in December tweeted that Michael Flynn was prepared to testify against Donald Trump. The scare of an impending obstruction of justice charge caused the stock market to temporarily fall.

ABC did apologize for Ross' erroneous reported and suspended the reporter.

"Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!" Trump tweeted about a half hour after his attack of Iger.

In fact, Trump himself has said in interviews that he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation. Just days after firing the former FBI director, Trump told NBC News that he fired Comey because the Russia investigation is a "made-up story."

"And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,” Trump said, according to a New York Times transcript of the interview.

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Poll shows many think Trump uses Twitter too much
-- In a Morning Consult/Politico survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters, 72 percent who responded believe President Trump spends too much time on Twitter.

The new poll also shows 58 percent of Republican voters think Trump tweets more than he really should.

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Trump to give full pardon to conservative commentator D'Souza
-- President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday that he will be giving a full pardon to conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.

"Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!" Trump tweeted.

D'Souza pleaded guilty to an illegal campaign contribution charge in 2014. According to Vanity Fair, he was sentenced to five years' probation, community service, eight months in a confinement center and counseling.

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CNN contributed to this report