In a storm of Sunday morning tweets, the president railed at the media. Why? Perhaps because it was publishing more and more leaks from government officials -- the latest being that Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, allegedly wanted to use secret communication channels to chat with the Kremlin.
In a three-tweet outburst, the president said: "It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media."
"Whenever you see the words 'sources say' in the fake news media," he continued, "and they don't mention names, it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!"
The president is, of course, right. It's entirely possible that some so-called sources whose words make it into the media don't exist.
But then who's to decide which sources are credible and which aren't? Trust in every institution is being eroded these days.
Some, therefore, might conclude that Trump turning to
to express his doubts about specific leaks to specific media might be an expression of his inner concern.
Indeed, conservative columnist Bill Kristol offered his own tweeted view: "Trump's panicked tweets this morning suggest that things are really bad."
Yet again, though, the president chooses to use Twitter, rather than an interview, a press conference or even a video statement to offer his views spontaneously and directly to his supporters (and a few other onlookers).
If his preferred social medium was taken away from him -- or strictly edited -- what would he do?