Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

White House Tries to Regroup, But Trump Isn't Helping


While many pro-Trump advocates have openly urged Trump stop his favorite means of communicating, it appears from the Press secretary's statement today, tweets are now official documents, presumably, with the same importance as any other presidential statement.

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.

Trump's love of 140-charater putdowns has created a unique situation for the White House, as the president's tendency to fire off tweets about whatever unhinged thought pops into his orange-stained brain has raised ethical questions that no previous administration has had to face. It's not an executive order. "Please understand the difference".

The tweets also come one day after lawyers across the ideological spectrum say Trump undercut his own legal case by tweeting about a pending Supreme Court case on the travel ban - in which he took aim at his own Justice Department for arguing for "watered-down, politically correct version".

"The words of the president matter whether they're spoken, written in a press release or sent out in a Tweet", said Ryan Williams, a political communications consultant and longtime spokesman for Mitt Romney. And in a White House where you don't often have news conferences or opportunities to talk with the president either one-on-one or in a group setting, the tweets are really important to reflect his thinking.

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When Grenell wrote, "Breaking: DC reporters are NOT tweeting the line where Comey destroys their anonymous sourced narratives", Trump Jr. added: "I wonder why that is???" And, oh, how wrong we were. "But I think it's very destructive". Unimportant? A misplaced media obsession? Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a Trump ally, was booted after it was revealed he misrepresented to Vice President Mike Pence a conversation he had with a Russian official.

Trump could also be damaging himself when it comes to the sprawling probe into potential collusion between his campaign and Russian officials ahead of the election.

"Users who have been blocked can not follow you on Twitter, and they are limited in their ability to view your tweets, find your tweets using Twitter's search function, and learn which accounts follow you". Jaffer threatens to sue to reverse the practice, saying that critical free speech is constitutionally protected.

When the government makes a space available to the public at large for the goal of expressive activity, it creates a public forum form which it may not constitutionally exclude individuals on the basis of viewpoint. This is a President communicating to his people the only way he knows how (without filter).

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