President Trump has taken to Twitter to wish an all-caps Happy New Year message to "everyone, including the haters and the fake news media!"
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA! 2019 WILL BE A FANTASTIC YEAR FOR THOSE NOT SUFFERING FROM TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. JUST CALM DOWN AND ENJOY THE RIDE, GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR OUR COUNTRY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1 января 2019 г.
Suggesting that the new year would be "a fantastic year for those not suffering from Trump derangement syndrome," Trump urged everyone to "just calm down and enjoy the ride," adding that "great things are happening for our country!"
Trump's latest tweet instantly prompted the usual flood of criticism from his detractors.
This ridiculous tweet was written by a grown man who has the nuclear codes.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) 1 января 2019 г.
How hard is it to say "Happy New Year?"— Jon Parr (@JonParr3) 1 января 2019 г.
Seriously, even the most basic ceremonial aspects of the job are beyond you…
Trump's supporters, meanwhile, reciprocated the president's new year's greeting and urged critics to take his advice.
The old saying goes:— Trump Force 2020 🇺🇸 (@TeamTrumpKAG) 1 января 2019 г.
"If you don't have any haters, you're doing something wrong"
By all these tweet response chirps…
Trump is knocking it way out of the park! (with bases loaded!)#HappyNewYear Mr Trump Sir!
AMERICA LOVES YOU!
Wishing you & our beautiful First Lady a Blessed & Joyous New Year, Mr. President.— Tricia Flanagan For Senate (@NewDayForNJ) 1 января 2019 г.
Thank you for all you do! 🥂 pic.twitter.com/cc2BgDFibi
You guys trigger so easily. Good grief! Calm down and enjoy the ride. You are missing out on so much food that’s happening. Happy New Year Mr. President!!!!!— Margaret Burns (@purpletiger2) 1 января 2019 г.
Oddly, about an hour later, Trump issued a three word tweet simply saying "Happy New Year!", this time not in all-caps.
Happy New Year!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1 января 2019 г.
Trump has stepped up attacks against the Democrats and the "fake news media" on Twitter in recent days in a bid to secure funding for the border wall, a key campaign promise.