How Trump Grades Himself Thus Far: A+, A, C+

President also explains why he tweets
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2017 10:13 AM CST

On Monday night, President Trump hyped his upcoming Fox & Friends interview, and Tuesday morning he delivered—his first self-administered report card. In his sit-down with the Fox crew, which Politico notes was taped Monday afternoon, Trump awarded himself an A for achievement and an A-plus for effort so far, though he conceded that "results are more important." And there's one big area where he sees need for improvement. "In terms of messaging, I'd give myself a C or a C-plus," he noted, adding, "My messaging isn't good." To illustrate, he brought up his immigration initiative to keep out undocumented immigrants with criminal records, noting the failure of his administration to effectively communicate the purpose of the plan and acknowledging "maybe that's my fault," per Fox News.

Keeping on the topic of communication, Trump believes some of the leaks in his administration likely come from Obama stragglers in the White House, the New York Times reports, though he said he doesn't agree with his own press secretary's spot-check of staffers' cellphones to remedy the issue. He called Sean Spicer "a fine human being," but said he "would have done it differently" and met with people individually instead. The president also addressed his penchant for tweeting, per Politico. He said there's "no method" to how he works up his 140 or so characters, nor is it "venting." Instead, he revealed, he uses Twitter to streamline the messaging he acknowledges still needs work, noting tweets allow him to circumvent "dishonest media" (which he interjected didn't mean Fox). "Most of the people that want me to stop [tweeting] are the enemies, I'll be honest with you," he said. (More President Trump stories.)

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