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‘Caravans’ and ‘fakers’: Unpacking Donald Trump’s furious Twitter attacks

A guide to the president’s recent flurry of Twitter attacks

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 April, 2018, 11:46pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 April, 2018, 2:42am

You may need a guide to keep up with US President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed.

The commander-in-chief continued his latest Twitter tirade Tuesday, railing against immigration, Nafta and CNN.

Although these are some of the president’s favourite targets, he has introduced new material, from “caravans” to nicknames, that has left many puzzled.

Caravans

The president has repeatedly warned of “Caravans” crossing over the Mexican border and into the United States.

“The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our ‘Weak Laws’ Border, had better be stopped before it gets there”, Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

It was the fourth time since Sunday that Trump raged about droves of immigrants coming over the border.

The president was likely inspired by more than 1,000 migrants who on Sunday crossed into Mexico hoping to seek asylum in the US.

The annual migration is in its fifth incarnation and led by “Pueblo Sin Fronteras”, a group whose name translates to “People Without Borders.”

Many are fleeing a chaotic criminal and political situation in Honduras, which has brought the country down for years.

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Sayra Madrid, who fled the embattled nation, told CNN: “My idea is to get to the United States and look for a job, because in our country, there is not enough work.” 

Trump has called on Mexico to break up the group, who began travelling from a town close to the border with Guatemala.

“There’s a lot of pressure from authorities to stop the caravan because of Donald Trump’s reaction”, Rodrigo Abeja of “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” told Reuters on Monday.

Nafta

Trump’s bargaining chip with Mexico is withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta.

The president has made his distaste for the 24-year-old trade deal with Mexico and Canada well known, and the US is now in talks to restructure the trade deal.

He has directly addressed Nafta in three tweets since Sunday, calling it Mexico’s “cash cow” that milks the US of jobs and money.

If Mexico doesn’t crack down on the migration north, Trump has warned, he will pull out of the trade pact all together.

News Networks

Trump again stood up for Sinclair Broadcast Group – which has come under fire for its eerie message to viewers about media bias.

He suggested Tuesday that the “Fakers” from ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC “are worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast.”

And he took a personal swipe at CNN boss Jeff Zucker, misspelling his name as “Little Jeff Zuker, whose job is in jeopardy, is not having much fun lately.”

“They should clean up and strengthen CNN and get back to honest reporting!” he tweeted Tuesday morning.

Poll

The only honest one in Trump’s book? Polling firm Rasmussen, for reporting Trump had a 50 per cent approval rating among likely voters, “which is higher than Cheatin’ Obama at the same time in his Administration”.

The daily Rasmussen poll published Monday is the only one that currently puts him at or above 50 per cent.