- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Joe Walsh, a former tea party congressman who is challenging President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, said Wednesday it’s no laughing matter that the president chose to complain about his poll numbers on the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“It’s not funny,” Mr. Walsh, former Illinois congressman, wrote on Twitter. “On the morning of the 18th anniversary of 9/11, Donald Trump goes on a tweet storm complaining about how he’s being treated. It’s not funny. It’s sick. He’s sick. He’s utterly unfit. He’s INCAPABLE of thinking about anything but himself.”

Mr. Trump was heavily criticized after he fired off a series of tweets on the anniversary of 9/11 that criticized the “fake news” media for his low approval ratings and Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell amid fears of a coming recession.

“The USA should always be paying the the lowest rate. No Inflation!” the president wrote. “It is only the naïveté of Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve that doesn’t allow us to do what other countries are already doing. A once in a lifetime opportunity that we are missing because of ‘Boneheads.’

“If it weren’t for the never ending Fake News about me, and with all that I have done (more than any other President in the first 2 1/2 years!), I would be leading the ‘Partners’ of the LameStream Media by 20 points. Sorry, but true!” he added.

Mr. Trump posted a somber photo of himself and first lady Melania Trump standing in remembrance of 9/11 before he kicked off his rant.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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