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 (@Donald J. Trump) 1486382875.0
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… https://t.co/EFFxXHasw6— Bradd Jaffy (@Bradd Jaffy) 1486387183.0
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.
@realDonaldTrump Calm down, Fredo. https://t.co/dS12XY0NEW— Cher Martinetti (@Cher Martinetti) 1486384487.0
Awww @realDonaldTrump did President Bannon let you play with your phone again?! How sweet!— Emily Colucci (@Emily Colucci) 1486384508.0
@realDonaldTrump President Bannon is going to be mad when he sees this tweet.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski) 1486382939.0
#PresidentSnowflake throws a tantrum and cries his manbaby tears https://t.co/i0sbBGxwB0— Sarah Burris (@Sarah Burris) 1486383176.0
@realDonaldTrump By "accumulation of data" do you mean brain farts from your crooked, orange head?— Mike P Williams (@Mike P Williams) 1486383337.0
Yea, sure you do @realDonaldTrump! https://t.co/C91AyqLMzV— Khary Penebaker (@Khary Penebaker) 1486383281.0