The president has made a habit of posting the text of his tweets in the past, but his latest tweet on Tuesday was the first time he ever posted a message directly from the Oval Office.
Trump’s tweet on Monday said the world should be watching a meeting between the U.S. and Russia on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday.
The tweet came just hours after Trump fired off a series of tweets that suggested he was working to derail the meeting, including a series accusing the Obama administration of failing to address Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
This was just one of many tweets Trump has posted since he took office on Jan. 20, including an article that appeared to suggest he had asked Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn.
At the time, Trump also questioned the wisdom of the Russia investigation, saying the investigation was politically motivated and that he had been the target of it.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a news conference after the swearing-in of President-elect Donald Trump, at Trump International Hotel, on Nov. 19, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the tweet.
White House officials also said in an email Tuesday that Trump was “tweeting in a private capacity.”
The president is “a professional politician who will tweet, tweet, tweeting, tweet in private,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
“But he also tweets in public, and he’s using his position as President of the United States to be a spokesperson for the American people.”
Trump’s tweets from Tuesday came as the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to hold a hearing on the Russian interference story later this week.
Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the hearing will be held in the “greatest democracy on Earth.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.