Counting of Donald Trump’s tweets is no easy task; the embattled American media, lambasted by Trump as “dishonest” and accused of hosting mainly “fake news”, try to keep track. It would seem that we have recently surpassed the mark of 5,500 tweets under the Trump Presidency. One of the latest was the tweet considering the Fed as “the only problem the (American) economy has”, prompting talk of Trump mulling over the idea of replacing Jerome Powell as Fed Chairman. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin was promptly trying to defuse this latest crisis, but Wall Street was still jittery after Xmas.
A different kind of Trump tweet was the one that, some days earlier in the wee hours of the morning, announced what was to become the withdrawal of US troops from Syria. That tweet cost the U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, plus tough comments from NATO allies (especially President Macron) as well as from Israel. It also created a wave of thinly veiled enthusiasm in Turkey.
If Mattis’ successor as Defense Secretary – Patrick Shanahan, of Boeing 30-year-long service – is as close to Turkey as the ascent of Turkish Aerospace Industry/TAI to major Boeing subcontractor would lead one to believe, then the 5,500+th Trump tweet may well prove of heavy impact to the region.