Trump defends tweets as key to White
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[October 23, 2017]
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President
Donald Trump defended his regular use of social media, especially
Twitter, and said he may not have won the White House without it.
In an interview airing on Sunday on "Fox Business Network," Trump says
he can bypass what he labels unfair media coverage by speaking directly.
"Tweeting is like a typewriter -- when I put it out, you put it
immediately on your show," he said, according to a transcript released
by the network. "I doubt I would be here if weren’t for social media, to
be honest with you."
Trump called his social media accounts on Facebook Inc <FB.O>, Twitter
Inc <TWTR.N> and Instagram "a tremendous platform."
"When somebody, says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing,
bing and I take care of it. The other way, I would never be get the word
out," he said, according to the transcript.
Republican leaders have regularly urged Trump to avoid or cut back on
tweets and Trump acknowledged some friends suggest he not use social
Trump regularly mounts attacks on Twitter, especially at news media and
political opponents, often sending out missives in the early morning or
late evening hours.
At times, Trump's tweets have contained factual inaccuracies and
In March for example, Trump asserted without evidence President Barack
Obama had ordered Trump Tower in New York wiretapped - something Obama
In September, the FBI and the Justice Department said in a court filing
"they have no records related to wiretaps as described” by tweets from
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The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump's @realDonaldTrump
Twitter account is seen on July 11, 2017. @realDonaldTrump/Handout
He recently excoriated NFL players for taking a knee during the
He also criticized Senator Bob Corker in a series of tweets
prompting Corker to respond: "It’s a shame the White House has
become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their
shift this morning."
White House chief of staff John Kelly said last week some have
criticized him for failing to control Trump's tweeting. "I was not
brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information
to our president," Kelly said.
In July, Trump was sued in federal court by seven individuals whom
he has blocked on Twitter. The Justice Department said the suit
should be dismissed, arguing it "rests on the unsupported and
erroneous premise that the president’s Twitter account is a public
forum for First Amendment purposes."
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)
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