NBC News article President Donald Trump tweeted a few times on Monday morning, saying that he had just “spent the day in a hotel lobby” and then, in a series of tweets that quickly became viral, saying he would be “working out in the morning.”
The tweets, which appeared to be in response to reports of the president’s weekend stay in the United Arab Emirates, came just days after Trump and his team were under intense scrutiny for their dealings with Russia, and days after the House of Representatives approved a resolution that would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The House vote was a major victory for Trump, who has been publicly critical of the U.S. position on Jerusalem, and the president did not attend the event.
The president had previously been silent about his plans to hold a press conference on the issue at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, when the House vote on the resolution was expected to take place.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
The President’s tweets, sent just before 10 a.g., were quickly retweeted and shared widely.
He continued to tweet for about two hours, including a series that included a photo of himself in a room with his wife and daughter, which was retweeted more than 5,000 times.
The first tweet was directed at The New York Times, saying it is a “failing” newspaper.
The tweet followed an earlier tweet about Trump’s visit to Israel, in which he tweeted, “It’s time to get serious about the real issues facing our country and world.
Let’s make this trip happen.”
The next tweet came at 12:10 p.m., in which the president tweeted, “#TripToIsrael!
I’m coming to New York City!
Enjoy the great sights and amazing people of New York!
I have such great respect for Israel and I look forward to meeting all of you.”
The second tweet was a response to the New York Daily News story that said Trump planned to visit the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, and that he planned to “meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres.”
The tweet came after Trump tweeted that he would have a “very positive” conversation with Netanyahu and Peres on Sunday, but later changed his mind.
“We will have a very positive conversation on Jerusalem and Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people.
And I think that’s going to be a very important part of it,” he said.
“I think it’s going for a long time, and I think I’m going to go back to Israel in a couple of weeks and talk to Netanyahu and have a conversation.
But you know, I think it will be a great deal for Israel, and it’s a very big deal for me.”
The president’s tweets were followed by an array of stories about the president meeting with the Israeli prime minister and Israeli president, as well as the first-ever private meeting between the president and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The administration later clarified that it was a private meeting, and Trump said it was not a formal meeting, adding, “They were very nice to me, and they said, ‘Congratulations, Dad.’
I just want to thank them very much for their time and their interest in my administration.”
The last tweet came around 2:50 p.g.
Trump also retweeted an image from NBC and CBS News’ The Kelly File, which shows a photo taken from Trump’s hotel lobby room showing him and Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands on Saturday.
“Good morning, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mr. Trump, and welcome to the White House, Mr. President,” the tweet said.
The image was tweeted from a White House Twitter account, @WhiteHousePress, and appears to be of a White Senate press briefing on the latest developments in Israel and the Middle East.
The photo shows the pair, wearing suits and hats, and also includes Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who is wearing a red dress and a pink blazer.