President Donald Trump returned to early morning tweeting on Friday, posting his first message at 7 a.m. and tagging Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” in the post.
Nick Adams’ “Green Card Warrior” is subtitled “My Quest for Legal Immigration in an Illegals’ System.” It was published in November.
Trump returned to a familiar theme in his second tweet of the day, criticizing Democrats for not confirming his Cabinet nominees. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted on Thursday that all of Trump’s “available Cabinet nominations” had been confirmed.
Labor Secretary nominee Alex Acosta was nominated Feb. 16 after Trump’s first pick for the post, Andy Puzder, withdrew following a loss of Republican support. Acosta has yet to have his Senate hearings and his nomination has not officially been sent to Capitol Hill.
The administration has not provided the Senate with the necessary paperwork for Sonny Perdue, Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, a delay that is frustrating Republican senators, particularly those from agriculture-dominant states.
Just before 1 p.m., Trump tweeted a photo of Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., having a doughnut and coffee with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We should start an immediate investigation,” Trump wrote.
Schumer has been a critic of Trump campaign and administration ties to Russia.
Schumer called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after it became known that he had two meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Sessions, who said during his Senate confirmation hearings that he had not met with Russian officials, announced Thursday he would rescuse himself from federal investigations of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
Trump backed Sessions throughout the day Thursday, eventually sending a series of tweets defending his attorney general as “an honest man” and calling the Democrats’ focus on Russia “a total witch hunt.”
Schumer responded on Twitter, indicating the photo was taken in 2003 “in full view of press & public” and that the doughts were from Krispy Kreme.
Later, Trump tweeted a link to a Poltico story that showed a photo of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a table with Kislyak. Pelosi said she had never met him. Pelosi is meeting with then-Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev in the photo.
Trump said, “I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.” The tweet is seemingly a joke, but presidents can order investigations.
Trump tweeted the message three times to fix the spelling of hereby, which he first wrote as “hear by” and then “hearby.”
Trump also tweeted a link to his weekly address to the nation Friday.
Trump also tweeted a photo from his visit to Saint Andrew Catholic School in Pine Hills, Florida, near Orlando. Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited the school.