President Trump's tweets are official statements, White House
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 22:04
The campaign by Trump's closest supporters amounts to a remarkable appeal to a sitting commander-in-chief, a sort of public intervention with the aim of convincing Trump to give up behavior that they believe is doing lasting damage to his presidency.
Each time Donald Trump presses the "tweet" button, a new set of 140 characters becomes the most scrutinized statement in the world. I think it's destructive in two ways: first, he tends to be insulting on Twitter and insulting people doesn't buy you support - it may not lose you your core supporters, but it's eroding a lot of support from people who voted for you. and I also think he's distracting. Unable to wrestle away the president's cellphone, Team Trump's newest tactic is to suggest the president's tweets are unimportant, even as they tout social media as the president's link to the masses. "If you want to ask about what the president is actually thinking, an actual presidential statement, the only thing you're left with is the Tweets themselves". Fifty-one percent said he uses Twitter too much, up from just 37 percent in December.
So a new Twitter account is automatically transforming his social media outbursts into official-looking press releases from the White House. "It's not policy. It's social media, Chris".
GORKA: You know the difference, right?
As he was tweeting, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway went on the "Today" show to criticize the media for what she called their "obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president". In that case, shouldn't the media regard such statements in the same way they do any other presidential statement, and be able to ask any questions?
She noted that the tension is not new between the Washington press corps and presidents who circumvent them; only the medium has changed. "So they're considered official statements by the President of the United States".
The president often respond to major global events on Twitter.
Neal Katyal, a former senior official on Barack Obama's Justice Department who is representing Hawaii in challenging the ban, underscored the point Monday.
Furthermore, 45 percent of voters said they had a favorable opinion of Trump compared to 51 percent saying unfavorable.
Trump Jr.'s posts were more specific and pointed. His Monday morning blasts came as the White House was attempting to kick off a week focused on infrastructure plans.