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

Lena Tucker
June 9, 2017

Fifty-three percent of Republicans, for example, said they believe the president uses the social media platform too often, while 41 to 32 percent said they think it hurts the news media.

It means that Trump, or his attorneys, cannot argue in a court of law his tweets are just "things he says", and are not meant to be taken literally.

Trump's lawyers, inside and outside the White House, have grown increasingly concerned about his social-media ruminations, outbursts and angry self-defenses on legally sensitive topics.

After White House press secretary Sean Spicer defined Trump's tweets as "official statements" during a press briefing, lawyers issued Trump a legal challenge asserting that it's unconstitutional for him to block citizens from his Twitter feed.

U.S. President Donald Trump is defending his frequent 140-character messages on Twitter, saying it's his way of reaching the public without his words being filtered through traditional news outlets.

The White House may lose control of the message again on Thursday when fired FBI Director James Comey testifies about his investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump has defined his time in office by the reactive, sometimes controversial tweets that he seemingly unleashes on a whim.

"They are not policy", he told CNN.

Trump's brief tenure in the White House has largely been defined by tumult.

In an interview with NBC's "The Today Show", Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway downplayed Trump's tweets and said there's an "obsession with covering everything Trump says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president".

GORKA: It's social media, Chris. "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. It might seem frivolous, but as NPR's David Folkenflik, reports it is sharpening the debate over those presidential tweets. While they want to push policy reforms, like they did over the weekend, they nearly always find themselves getting distracted by 140-character messages from the President himself. Because when a president speaks - whether electronically or out loud - it's, by default, a presidential statement.

In a follow-up question, another reporter asked about the ACLU's tweet that they will use the President's tweets in building a case in the Supreme Court: "Yes, we may incorporate @realDonaldTrump's tweets about the ban into our Supreme Court argument". "You know who says don't use Twitter?" Trump's Monday tweet about Khan called the mayor's pushback a "pathetic excuse".

"I have not had a discussion with him about that".

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