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The Outrage Over Trump’s Market-Shaking Tweet

The president’s cryptic preview of May’s strong monthly jobs report broke yet another longstanding federal protocol.
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On its face, the tweet was one of the most innocuous President Trump has ever sent—a plain-vanilla reminder early Friday morning that the monthly federal jobs report was coming out in an hour’s time.

“Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning,” the president wrote at 7:21 a.m. ET.

No exclamation points. No all-caps. No gratuitous insults, partisan jabs, or demands that his opponentsbe investigated.

For Trump, this was boring, even low-energy. Except

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