President Donald Trump tweeted out a complaint about the whistleblowers who exposed his national security advisor's apparent lies about Russia communications -- and social media users hammered him.
Michael Flynn resigned late Monday from his role as national security advisor after just 24 days on a job with an average tenure of about 31 months, following news reports revealing he possibly broke the law by discussing foreign policy with the Russian ambassador and then lied to Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations.
Trump, like his senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, blamed Flynn's resignation on the leakers -- who he accused of breaking the law.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1487082534.0
But many other Twitter users noticed the president had changed his tune on leaks now that he's been elected.
"I love WikiLeaks!" -- Donald Trump (October 10, 2016) https://t.co/RRFjidvxEt— Christian Christensen (@Christian Christensen) 1487082912.0
Trump hates leaks so much that he mentioned Wikileaks 164 times in the last month of the election.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) 1487083132.0
@realDonaldTrump You praised wikileaks and asked Russia to hack the DNC.— Mark Pygas (@Mark Pygas) 1487082605.0
Like many Trump tweets -- notice the timing.
Some social media users pointed out that Trump had conducted a national security briefing by phone while dining with a foreign head of state and partygoers at his private Mar-A-Lago club over the weekend.
@realDonaldTrump YOU DEALT WITH NORTH KOREA IN PLAIN SIGHT OF ALL THE OTHER RICH KIDS AT MAR A LOOGEY YOU CHODE— Sara Schaefer (@Sara Schaefer) 1487083058.0
@realDonaldTrump idk, you tell us... https://t.co/ZTkgnujjiJ— Erick Fernandez (@Erick Fernandez) 1487082806.0
Others simply mocked or scorned the president.
@realDonaldTrump With #Flynn resigning, maybe you should start using some of that "extreme vetting" on your own appointees— Rob Szczerba (@Rob Szczerba) 1487082750.0
@realDonaldTrump Oh, sweetie. There are so many leaks coming out of your White House, it's starting to look like a Russian hotel bed.— Erich McElroy (@Erich McElroy) 1487083928.0
@realDonaldTrump Your administration got caught breaking the law then lying about it. Flynn didn’t lie to Pence. You lied to us.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett) 1487082570.0
.@realDonaldTrump First it was Paul Manafort, then Russia's hacking of the DNC and now Flynn. Everything Russia revolves around you Donnie.— Justin Street (@Justin Street) 1487082537.0
.@realDonaldTrump no the story is why we're you covering for Flynn?— jordan (@jordan) 1487082626.0
@realDonaldTrump No, the real story here is why you knew about Flynn's ties to the Kremlin and you fully embraced him anyway.— Kristin N (@Kristin N) 1487084391.0