The Kansas Department of Transportation on Sunday called President Donald Trump a “delusional communist” in a tweet that was deleted later.
“You’re a delusional Communist. You know it’s Communist countries that try to control media, right?” the agency’s south central Kansas account tweeted.
The tweet came in response to a Trump tweet that criticized Fox News weekend anchors, asking if they had been trained at CNN, one of the president’s least-favorite news networks.
“In any event, that’s where they should be working, along with their lowest rated anchor, Shepard Smith!” Trump wrote.
The KDOT tweet comes three months after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took over executive branch agencies, including KDOT. Kelly has nominated Julie Lorenz, previously of Burns & McDonnell, to be transportation secretary.
“Today a KDOT employee sent a tweet from our SC Kansas KDOT Twitter account,” Lorenz said in a statement. “The tweet has been deleted from the KDOT account as it does not reflect the views of KDOT or the Administration and was an unacceptable use of state communication tools,” Lorenz said.
She did not name the employee but said that person is no longer employed by KDOT.
The tweet was sent at 1:50 p.m. and had been deleted by 3:50 p.m.
But not before Rep. J.R. Claeys, R-Salina, commented on it.
“Getting lit up by the press for tweets is my specialty. Feel free to call for advice before Republicans pounce,” Claeys wrote.
Within hours of the tweet, the Kansas Republican Party sought to link Kelly to it. In an email to supporters, the party said Kelly’s staff is “too busy attacking President Trump on the Kansas taxpayer’s dime.”
Ashley All, a spokeswoman for Kelly, called the tweet “absolutely unacceptable” and said Lorenz dealt with the situation immediately. All said the tweet didn’t reflect the views of the administration.