US President Donald Trump touts accomplishments in New Year’s Eve tweets

January 1, 2018 5:33 pm
President speaks with reporters after arriving for a New Year’s Eve gala at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Sunday, December 31, 2017. (AP photo)
US President Donald Trump has boasted about his accomplishments during his turbulent first year in office, in an effort to boost Republican lawmakers for the 2018 midterm elections.
In a series of New Year’s Eve tweets on Sunday, Trump focused on the coming midterm election year, as congressional Republicans face tough historic and polling trends.
Trump also highlighted the recently passed tax cut bill and the country’s economic growth, saying the stock market will continue to rise and companies are going to continue to come into the US.
“Why would smart voters want to put Democrats in Congress in 2018 Election when their policies will totally kill the great wealth created during the months since the Election,” he said.
“If the Democrats (Crooked Hillary) got elected, your stocks would be down 50% from values on Election Day.”
In another Twitter message, the US president wished a happy new year to the people who elected him to the White House, and those who kept him in the headlines, including the “fake media.”
“As our Country rapidly grows stronger and smarter, I want to wish all of my friends, supporters, enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media, a Happy and Healthy New Year,” he tweeted.
Trump has frequently used the term “fake news” for traditional US news outlets which have issued investigative reports that cast him in a negative light.
Trump also said he uses social media to counter “fake news.”
“I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair ‘press,’ now often referred to as Fake News Media.”
Trump touted his administration’s accomplishments as he goes into 2018 with the lowest approval ratings of any modern first-year US president.
A RealClearPolitics average of nine surveys between December 12-29 put the president’s approval at 40 percent.
Internationally, concerns are growing about Trump’s leadership style and unpredictability.
Retired US admiral and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, said Sunday that Trump’s disruptive nature of his presidency have created “an incredibly dangerous climate.”
“We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we have ever been,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”
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