WATCH: Trump: ‘You’ve Got to Read My Notebook’ as he Discusses Plague Doctors

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP on Thursday night took to Twitter to respond to reports that his administration had temporarily suspended funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

“You’ve got to read my notebook,” the president wrote. 

“This is a very, very serious situation and I’m taking it very seriously,” he continued. 

Trump also retweeted a photo of a letter signed by many former Republican presidential candidates who are now running for public office, urging his supporters to read their party’s platform.

“I urge all Americans to read the Republican platform, as they read my Notebook,” he wrote.

“We have a party of strong patriots, a party that cares for our health and safety, and a party dedicated to the rule of law, and all of these things are in jeopardy unless we do everything we can to stop the pandemic and save lives.” 

The letter, which is unsigned, was sent to Trump on Tuesday and was signed by former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, former Florida Gov.

Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Ben Sasse (R -NE), former Sen. Jim DeMint (R –SC), Sen.(R-SC), former Arkansas Gov.

Mike Huckabee (R), former Florida Sen. Mike Lee (R) and former New Mexico Gov.

Gary Johnson (R). 

In a tweet, Trump also thanked “everyone who helped us fight the pandemics of pandemic disease.”

“I can assure you that our administration is committed to fighting this terrible disease,” he said.

“And I thank the courageous doctors and nurses who are taking on the role of the frontline health care workers, who are fighting this fight at home, in hospitals and in clinics all over the country.”

As I wrote on Monday, we will get this thing under control,” Trump added. 

He also retweeting a video that was also signed by other former Republican candidates, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Gov.

Joe Biden. 

The Republican platform has been criticized by some as being too narrow in its focus, and by some Democrats as being insufficiently supportive of public health measures. 

This isn’t the first time Trump has expressed his frustration with the GOP platform.

In July, he also tweeted that he had “zero confidence” that the party’s plan to raise the minimum wage would pass.