Spicer on Trump's Tweets: 'They're Considered Official Statements By the President'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 23:37
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said this week that the President's Tweets should be treated as official statements.
Russel Neiss, who created the bot, was inspired by a tweet from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman suggesting Trump's tweets be taken seriously, and former Obama communications staffer Patrick Cunnane, who first had the brilliant idea of giving Trump's tweets the context they merit.
Before Kasowitz was retained, however, some of the biggest law firms and their best-known attorneys turned down overtures when they were sounded out by White House officials to see if they would be willing to represent the president, the sources said.
Now, 69 percent of registered voters say Trump tweets too much, up 13 points when pollsters asked the same question in December, while 51 percent say his tweeting hurts American national security interests.
"The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media", he wrote at 7:58 a.m., turning his sights on the mainstream media after two warm-up tweets linking to "Fox & Friends" clips. "At its core, it's pretty straightforward", he added.
But on Tuesday morning, Trump - the president himself - tweeted defiantly that his use of social media is the way he delivers his "unfiltered message".
"The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.", Trump tweeted Monday, ignoring the fact that he oversees the department and signed the second version of the ban.
So a new Twitter account is automatically transforming his social media outbursts into official-looking press releases from the White House.
"That's not true", Conway said, though Trump has not given any interviews since early May. Some Trump aides have often been hard-pressed to explain what Trump meant in some of his tweets.
Former FBI Director James Comey had been leading that investigation until he was sacked in May by Trump, who reportedly told Russian diplomats inside the Oval Office that he cut the agency chief explicitly to relieve himself of the "great pressure" he was facing from the probe.
JULIE DAVIS: They are the statements that are the most in Trump's voice of anything we get from this White House. "It's not policy, it's not an executive order, it's social media".
"That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain risky countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!"
A quick follow-up question on the president's tweets.