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Trump Twitter tirade over criticism of his work ethic

Criticism of US president's work ethic sparks social media tirade

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Gaffe: Dave Nash spray-paints a mural of President Donald Trump in Royston, Britain, holding a bottle of Domestos bleach, following his coronavirus treatment comments. Photo: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Gaffe: Dave Nash spray-paints a mural of President Donald Trump in Royston, Britain, holding a bottle of Domestos bleach, following his coronavirus treatment comments. Photo: Matthew Childs/Reuters

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Gaffe: Dave Nash spray-paints a mural of President Donald Trump in Royston, Britain, holding a bottle of Domestos bleach, following his coronavirus treatment comments. Photo: Matthew Childs/Reuters

US President Donald Trump's first tweet came unusually late, popping up a few minutes after noon - hours behind schedule for a president who is often awake and tweeting as the sun rises.

"Happy Birthday to Melania, our great First Lady!" Trump tweeted at 12.06pm.

The celebratory tweet kicked off a long day of tweeting and retweeting that ramped up at around 2pm when Trump observed, in response to a recent 'New York Times' article, that those who know him regard him as "the hardest working President in history".

Over the next seven hours or so, Trump took aim at everything and anyone he could, unleashing a barrage of more than 30 tweets and retweets that targeted media outlets, high-profile commentators, and Democrats.

He also returned once more to the Russia probe and impeachment, promoting a tweet that accused his political adversaries of "three failed coup attempts".

The tweet went on to suggest, with no evidence, that the president's opponents could "attempt to steal the election" by making the novel coronavirus's impact on human lives seem worse than it really is.

At one point, the president said reporters who covered him should return their "Noble Prizes", appearing to confuse the Nobel Prizes with the Pulitzer Prizes for journalism.

Rather than correct himself, Trump deleted the "Noble" tweets, but then said he meant to use the word "Noble", as a form of "sarcasm".

Trump went on to retweet commentary ridiculing his Democratic challenger Joe Biden for his syntax.

The notable uptick in Twitter activity came on the second day in a row that Trump had not held a daily coronavirus briefing, events meant to inform the public that have instead been hijacked by the president and transformed into de facto political rallies.

Trump's decision to skip briefings follows a particularly disastrous showing last Thursday when the president found himself weathering intense backlash after he asked if highly toxic disinfectants could be injected into the human body to fight coronavirus.

His one-man Twitter spectacle kicked off with Trump boasting that he is "a hard worker and have probably gotten more done in the first three and a half years than any President in history," adding: "The Fake News hates it!"

Minutes later, he provided a glimpse into what he said was his daily routine.

"I work from early in the morning until late at night," Trump tweeted, "haven't left the White House in many months (except to launch Hospital Ship Comfort) in order to take care of Trade Deals, Military Rebuilding etc."

Trump noted that his attempt to clear up any misconception about his work ethic was sparked by "a phony story" in the 'New York Times'.

The president was likely referring to a Thursday article with the headline: 'Home Alone at the White House: A Sour President, With TV His Constant Companion'.

Trump then pivoted to a broader attack against journalists. Only this time, he wasn't focused on their coverage of the country's pandemic response.

"When will all of the 'reporters' who have received Noble Prizes for their work on Russia, Russia, Russia, only to have been proven totally wrong (and, in fact, it was the other side who committed the crimes), be turning back their cherished 'Nobles' so that they can be given to the REAL REPORTERS & JOURNALISTS who got it right," Trump tweeted, referencing allegations that his 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia.

Trump concluded his tirade, which spanned three tweets, threatening, "Lawsuits should be brought against all, including the Fake News Organizations, to rectify this terrible injustice."

In another thread, Trump also took swipes at Fox News, a network that is home to some of his most vocal supporters. (© The Washington Post)

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