After a Newsweek article suggested he would spend all of the Thanksgiving holiday on Twitter, President Donald Trump slammed the report — on Twitter. On Thursday, the president tweeted an image showing a screenshot of the Newsweek story along with a series of images showing his surprise visit with U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.
The Twitter post was originally shared by his son Donald Trump Jr. and referenced the Newsweek article originally titled "How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more." Trump Jr. called the story "fake news" — a familiar attack from Trump and his supporters.
While Newsweek quickly issued a correction after it was revealed that Trump made a previously unannounced visit to the Middle East, the president inadvertently made the publication's prediction come partially true when he took to social media to mock its forecast.
It wasn't the only social media message that Trump posted on the Thanksgiving holiday. He also retweeted a video by Fox Nation personalities and conservative commentators Diamond and Silk discussing the Black Voices for Trump event held earlier this month in Atlanta. He also posted a video of himself in Afghanistan speaking to the troops and re-posted videos from other Twitter users showing him with the service members.
Additionally, he posted several Thanksgiving well wishes to the nation.While the Newsweek story predicted that Trump would spend the day golfing, since the White House announced that he would be spending the day in Florida at his resort, the president surprised both troops and the media by making a brief appearance in Afghanistan. He reportedly flew out Wednesday night for the 16-hour trip.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham explained Trump's decision to visit Afghanistan, saying that he and First Lady Melania Trump wanted to support the sacrifices made by those away from their families during the holiday.
"It's a dangerous area and he wants to support the troops," she said. "He and Mrs. Trump recognize that there's a lot of people far away from their families during the holidays and we thought it'd be a nice surprise. It's truly about Thanksgiving and supporting the troops."
The trip is the first that Trump has made to Afghanistan since taking office. He also used the opportunity to announce that the U.S. would be resuming peace talks with the Taliban, suggesting that he believed they were interested in negotiating a ceasefire in the region.