Trump: Don't Believe Media, My Base Is Strong
President says it's actually growing
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2017 8:03 AM CDT
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President Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House on Aug. 1.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – President Trump may be away from the White House for a while, but he's not taking a vacation from Twitter. He unleashed several tweets Monday morning on everything from a defense of his base to a personal attack on Sen. Richard Blumenthal. "The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before (despite some phony Fake News polling)," he wrote, citing recent rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Iowa. "The fact is the Fake News Russian collusion story, record Stock Market, border security, military strength, jobs, Supreme Court pick, economic enthusiasm, deregulation & so much more have driven the Trump base even closer together. Will never change!" he added.

Trump's statements come after a weekend report by the New York Times that several big-name Republicans, including VP Mike Pence, were beginning to consider 2020 runs of their own because Trump's support was showing cracks. (Pence rejected the report.) As for Blumenthal, Trump wrote that the Connecticut Democrat "told stories about his Vietnam battles and conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?" (It's a reference to this.) The president also reiterated that he's not on vacation as the White House undergoes renovation and is "working hard from New Jersey."

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