President Donald Trump asked "Fox & Friends" to promote his boastful claims about the economy -- and then retweeted a series of anti-Muslim videos posted by a British ultranationalist.
The president often responds to segments on the Fox News morning program, usually about 20 minutes later on Twitter, but Wednesday he urged the program to report findings posted on the Shopfloor blog maintained by the National Association of Manufacturers.
Newt Gingrich told the New York Times that “the two most effective ways of communicating with Trump are ‘Fox & Friends’ and ‘Hannity.’”
Sometimes that street runs both ways.
.@foxandfriends, we are in record territory in all things having to do with our economy! https://t.co/VB0Ao3s18d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1511955166.0
".@foxandfriends, we are in record territory in all things having to do with our economy!" Trump tweeted.
He linked to a tweet he posted Tuesday evening promoting the Shopfloor findings.
“The Conference Board said that consumer sentiment was at its highest level in nearly 17 years in November. The Consumer Confidence Index rose from 126.2 in October to 129.5, notching its best reading since December 2000,” he quoted the blog as reporting.
The president followed up that tweet about the economy by retweeting several videos purportedly showing Muslim violence and vandalism in Europe, posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of far-right group Britain First.
She was arrested earlier this month in Northern Ireland and charged with threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior in connection with an anti-Muslim speech she made this summer in Belfast.