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Donald Trump replaces coronavirus briefing with tweets

   Sunday April 26, 2020 - 9:42 PM
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By RISHIKA DUGYALA

The day of his wife?s birthday, President Donald Trump decided to forgo a coronavirus briefing ? but he didn?t log out of his Twitter account.

Sunday was the second straight day Trump had not participated in a White House coronavirus briefing ? the task force held a meeting Saturday but no briefing ? amid speculation that his extended appearances in those daily events were taking a toll on his approval ratings. The president has clashed with members of the press during those briefings, and, as he had Saturday, he offered stinging rebukes via Twitter of the media for its coverage of the current crisis and his presidency.

Trump started off his Sunday with warm wishes: ?Happy Birthday to Melania, our great First Lady!?

Three hours later, he began sending tweet after tweet deriding reporters for not accurately portraying him as a leader who?s ?gotten more done in the first 3 1/2 years than any President in history.? He name-dropped his usual targets, like CNN, ?MSDNC? and The New York Times.

?I read a phony story in the failing @nytimes about my work schedule and eating habits, written by a third rate reporter who knows nothing about me,? he wrote. ?I will often be in the ...