White House tries to regroup, but Trump isn't helping

Alejandro Massey
June 10, 2017

The legal challenge was likely written before Spicer's statement, but his classification of the tweets as "official statements" can only make it more hard for the Trump administration to argue that his account is not a public forum.

When questioned by a reporter whether the president's tweets should be considered official statements from the White House, Spicer said yes, and it's a pretty grim acknowledgement of how things operate in America right now.

A growing number of Americans, from 49 percent to 59 percent, said Trump's use of Twitter is a bad thing, including 77 percent of Democrats (up 5 points from December) and 61 percent of independents, an 18-point increase among that demographic.

NBC News reports, (http://nbcnews.to/2r1qc3w) President Trump's tweets have played a major role in his presidency by "offering a window into his thinking, sometimes at the expense of his administration's own messaging".

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Recent tweets from Trump in relation to his "travel ban" against six predominately Muslim countries, for example, could come back to haunt him in the Supreme Court.

Conway is right, and early on the morning after the London Bridge terrorist attack, in a span of 14 minutes, Trump rattled off a series of tweets that demonstrated his potential and actual self-harm.

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On this question, Trump does a little bit better with his base, as just 37 percent of Republicans called his Twitter use a bad thing, and 35 percent of Trump voters agreed. The second reason this is so unsafe is because it shows how disconnected this White House staff is from even one another.

The new Twitter bot also comes as White House aide Kellyanne Conway draws fierce criticism for characterising the media's coverage of Trump's tweets as an "obsession". A fact that the White House battles daily, left to clean the mess their Tweeter-in-Chief leaves behind with every errant 140 character post he drops on Twitter.

The New York Times reported Monday that Trump partially blames Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the investigation for the eventual appointment of a special counsel.

DAVIS: There was a legitimate belief that the president might stop tweeting now because now he's president and that you can't do that as president. "They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out".

The tweets, Conway wrote, won't help administration lawyers "get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters".

"We've never had a president that's shared so much of themselves", P.W. Singer, a defense expert, told Politico in March.

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