If President Donald Trump’s tenure in office will be remembered for anything, it will be his knack for tweeting at all hours. But despite their frequency, Trump tweets don’t always address the nation’s concerns. Today, January 23rd, the president ignored a tsunami warning for the West Coast to tweet about the FBI and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
A 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Alaska at about 4:30 a.m. Eastern Time, and in response, a tsunami warning was issued for the Alaskan coast and a tsunami watch for the rest of the continental West Coast of the United States. Luckily, large tsunami waves never spawned, and four hours later the Alaska tsunami warning was canceled.
But rather than address the unfolding natural disaster in the country he governs, Trump tweeted about missing FBI texts.
Despite likely being awake at the time when the earthquake hit, the president didn’t follow up to mention the natural disaster in Alaska. His next tweet thread was about creating a DACA replacement.
The missing texts that Trump alluded to were exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Strzok was investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 Trump campaign while also having an affair with Page. Formerly released texts between the two revealed that Strzok wanted to prevent Trump from winning the election. As a result, special counsel Robert Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia investigation.
But on January 19th, the FBI revealed that it was missing five months worth of messages between the two, and many Republicans have claimed that this proves that the FBI is biased against Trump. It’s worth noting that the number of missing texts is unknown; the FBI is already in possession of the 50,000 messages that Trump mentioned.
The missing texts between Strzok and Page are definitely worth talking about. But at the same time, as the leader of the U.S., Trump should prioritize responding to the crises his people face. We need our president to address the country’s concerns with his tweets, not try to manipulate the media or point fingers at the FBI. We hope everyone affected by the Alaska earthquake stays safe.