By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
President Donald Trump warned Venezuela of even tougher sanctions on Tuesday, as he accused social-media giants of bias and attacked adviser Kellyanne Conway’s husband.
At a Rose Garden news conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Trump said the U.S. can be “a lot tougher” with sanctions on Venezuela, where the White House opposes the regime of Nicolas Maduro and has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as president. Trump said that “all options are on the table” as a response to the Maduro regime.
The president also told reporters he’s supporting Brazil’s effort to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Paris-based intergovernmental group focused on economics and trade. In addition, Trump said he’s looking at support for Brazil’s entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization — voicing support for Brazil to join two major multinational organizations.
SLAMMING SOCIAL MEDIA
Frequent Twitter /quotes/zigman/23556538/composite TWTR +15.64% user Trump attacked that and other social media platforms by saying in a tweet they are “sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats” and telling reporters “something is happening” with the companies’ leadership. “We have to get to the bottom of it,” he said, without elaborating.
Hours before the news conference, Trump said he’d be “looking into” Facebook’s /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite FB +1.29% blocking of his social media chief, Dan Scavino. The company said Tuesday Scavino’s postings were mistakenly reported as spam and apologized for temporarily blocking him.
CONWAY AND MCCAIN
Trump described George Conway, who is married to senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, as a “total loser” in response to a tweet posted by Brad Parscale, the president’s 2020 campaign manager. George Conway has questioned the president’s mental state and tweeted Sunday that Trump’s “condition is getting worse.” Trump's tweet prompted a response by Conway, who said more people would learn about his “narcissistic personality disorder.”
Trump also escalated his attack on former Sen. John McCain, who died in August, telling reporters he was “never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be.” Last weekend, Trump tweeted comments critical of the late Arizona Republican.