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

10 June, 2017, 09:50 | Author: Priscilla Morrison

Lots of us speak our mind freely on social media, but when the leader of the free world does it, bypassing long-standing channels of communication, it creates a stir. It might seem frivolous, but as NPR's David Folkenflik, reports it is sharpening the debate over those presidential tweets.

A majority of American voters - including some Republicans - said they disapprove of President Donald Trump's use of Twitter and are concerned that his tweets could hurt the United States' national security and worldwide standing, according to a poll released Wednesday.

But the general public is growing increasingly concerned with his tweeting, according to a new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey that shows growing discontent - even among the president's own base - with his use of the social media platform. I'm not sure anyone is in a position to simply tell the President to stop doing something and have him actually listen.

According to the poll which sampled about 2,000 American voters, 69 percent believe that Trump "uses Twitter too much" and 59 percent say his use of Twitter is "a bad thing". Sean Spicer said that during Tuesday's White House press briefing.

He believes that would cut down on the backlash the president seems to get on an nearly constant basis.

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.

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As it was during his candidacy, Trump's Twitter usage has been a cornerstone of his presidency - often offering a window into his thinking, sometimes at the expense of his administration's own messaging.

Trump's administration has allowed his comments to go through without vetting - and fact-checking - and its reaction is too late.

The @RealPressSecBot Twitter account scans Trump's social media account every 15 minutes for new messages. Is "covfefe" now official White House policy? Then he gravitated to the Department of Justice for watering down his travel ban, and the Supreme courts calling them "slow and political", and Monday he doubled down on "extreme vetting" of those coming into the U.S.

"The blocking of users from your Twitter account suppresses speech in a number of ways", the letter stated.

The notice implies that the Knight First Amendment Institute could sue the president if he does not unblock the users he unconstitutionally barred from his feed. I continue to worry that I'm representing myself in best light because I'm aware of the stereotypes that exist regarding Americans overseas but also the reputation Trump has imposed on its citizens.

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