WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a he said-he said thing.
Donald Trump once promised to be “very restrained” on Twitter — “if I use it at all.” He thought campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was an “excellent guy” — until Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The president backed Republican Roy Moore in the special election for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama. But after a Democrat won the seat, Trump said he knew the embattled GOP candidate couldn’t win.
Ten instances in which Trump squared off against himself:
“I’m going to do very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to do very restrained.” — President-elect Trump to “60 Minutes” in November 2016 about his use of Twitter as president.
One year into Trump’s presidency, hardly a day passes without Trump using Twitter against perceived adversaries, including Republican and Democratic lawmakers; FBI officials he thinks are out to undermine his presidency; and journalists he says publish “fake news” about him. One of Trump’s most recent Twitter targets: “Sloppy Steve” Bannon.