White House defends Trump as scathing tweets raise concern

by Garry Watts June 11, 2017, 7:56

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.

Trump's Twitter usage is a constant reminder of how different he is from past presidents and the traditional, carefully orchestrated pronouncements typically associated with the office.

JULIE DAVIS: They are the statements that are the most in Trump's voice of anything we get from this White House.

The White House has made a conscious decision to avoid answering questions about the Russian Federation probes, referring inquiries to Marc Kasowitz, the president's outside counsel.

Donald Trump's tweets aren't official presidential statements or statements of policy - and the media obsesses over them anyway!

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"The President is the President of the United States, so they're considered official statements by the President of the United States", Spicer said, when asked during his daily briefing how they should be characterized. He's made clear - in the face of much criticism - that he isn't going to stop tweeting.

"My personal view is that there should be a review process because of the sensitivity of so many of them", said Chris Ruddy, a longtime friend of Trump and CEO of the conservative outlet Newsmax.

Trump may also tweet during FBI Director James Comey's hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, according to the Washington Post, potentially opening himself up to additional controversy. And even as I attempt to genuinely explain that I didn't vote for Trump and don't embody his ideals, I have to take ownership for a president our country has ultimately elected.

FOLKENFLIK: Trump has said - well, tweeted - that he uses Twitter to talk directly to the American public around the mainstream media. Yet the president's tweets, while informal, do not stick to topics of no effect. These are statements of the president. "If you look at the trend in Quinnipiac's polling since January, strong approval of the president's job performance has faded in a number of constituencies - including Republicans and whites without college degrees". Trump's Monday tweet about Khan called the mayor's pushback a "pathetic excuse". "Putting those tweets in this format emphasizes that, more than just saying it".


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