NBC: Trump Stopped John Kelly’s Briefing on NYC Attack So He Can Get the ‘Best Info’ by Watching Fox News

NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump got his morning briefing on the terror attack in New York City from Fox News rather than chief of staff John Kelly.

On Tuesday, a 29-year-old man drove his truck down a bike path in a deliberate attack, killing at least eight people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Trump, who was clearly watching “Fox & Friends” because he kept tagging them in his tweets, went on a tweet storm both repeating things he heard on his television as well as appearing to direct their coverage.

“We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter),” Trump tweeted to @foxandfriends.

“’Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems” said Col.Tony Shaffer,” Trump tweeted, quoting his television. “We will stop this craziness! @foxandfriends.”

“It appears he’s watching Fox News this morning,” Alexander said while standing in front of the White House. “It appears that that’s where he’s getting, in effect, his briefing this morning. This attack in Manhattan [is] serving sort of a dual purpose for this president, allowing him and other conservatives to push their immigration agenda, but also to take a swipe at the Senate’s top Democrat [Chuck Schumer].”

“The president was getting ongoing updates from his Chief of Staff John Kelly, but early in the morning, the president gets his best information by watching television,” he added. “That appears to be what he’s reacting to right now.”

Of course, guiding the country based on what you hear on Fox News is not the best course of action for, you know, the leader of the free world, and Trump received severe backlash for trying to politicize the attack just hours after it happened.

“I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy,” tweeted Schumer, after being singled out by Trump.

“Instead of politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy,” Schumer added, Trump “should be focusing on the real solution – anti-terrorism funding – which he proposed cutting in his most recent budget.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also slammed Trump for Trying to “politicize this tragedy” in an interview with CNN.

“The last thing we should do is cast aspersions on whole races of people, or whole religions or whole nations,” de Blasio said, adding that “generalizing” an entire religion sends the “exact negative message” and helps the enemy.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused Trump of “exacerbating the situation.”

“We have to be smarter and have more intelligence, but there’s also no doubt that this is not the time to play politics. This is not the time to foment hate. This is not the time to divide,” he said.



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