President Donald Trump on Monday took to Twitter to deliver a simple message to the world: He is running the White House, not top political strategist Steve Bannon.
“I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it,” the president insisted.
I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
As Bradd Jaffy of NBC News points out, Trump’s tweet came shortly after MSNBC’s Morning Joe had a panel discussion that pondered whether Bannon was the man “calling the shots” in the Oval Office.
6:09 am: MJoe showed Bannon Time mag cover, played SNL clip of Trump & “President Bannon” & discussed “maybe Bannon’s calling all the shots” https://t.co/h83HP3xjxN
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 6, 2017
The internet treated Trump’s tweet with scorn and derision, as some Twitter users saw it as a sign of deep insecurity — or as one person put it, Trump looks “rattled and flailing.”
Check out some of the best reactions to Trump’s tweet below.
Awww @realDonaldTrump did President Bannon let you play with your phone again?! How sweet!
— Emily Colucci (@emilycolucci) February 6, 2017
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) February 6, 2017
President Bannon is going to be mad when he sees this tweet.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 6, 2017
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) February 6, 2017
By "accumulation of data" do you mean brain farts from your crooked, orange head?
— Mike P Williams 🌹 (@Mike_P_Williams) February 6, 2017
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) February 6, 2017