Trump Tweets Up a Storm After Mueller Report Release

HBO complains about his Game of Thrones meme
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2019 2:34 AM CDT
Trump: I Could Have Fired Entire Mueller Team
Without taking questions from reporters about the Mueller report, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to board Marine One for the short trip to Joint Base Andrews, then on to his estate in Palm Beach, Fla., at the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 18, 2019.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Trump appears to have spent the day the Mueller report was released in a familiar way—posting on Twitter and watching Fox News. He responded to the report's release Thursday with a flurry of tweets, including one in which he says he could have fired the special counsel, the Hill reports. Trump quoted Fox host Jesse Watters' claim that he was defending himself against being "framed" and added: "I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!" In another tweet, Trump said: "Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing!"

Later Thursday, Trump quoted remarks from other Fox hosts, including Tucker Carlson, who said: "The Mueller Report is perhaps the single most humiliating thing that has ever happened to the White House Press in the history of this Country. They know they lied." In a tweet issued after Attorney General William Barr's pre-release press conference, Trump used a Game of Thrones meme and received a mild rebuke from HBO, Fortune reports. "Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes," the network said. "No Collusion, No Obstruction," Trump's meme stated, though Mueller's report listed 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice. (More Mueller report stories.)

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