"The president is the president of the United States, so they're considered official statements by the president of the United States", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday. However, Donald Trump Jr. and a variety of Trump's media allies attacked Comey via the president's favorite social media platform. As a journalist, how can I not be annoyed when the president says the media produces "fake news" when it's keeping Trump's lies in line?
Trump, facing an escalating Russian Federation investigation and a floundering legislative agenda, has unleashed his frustration through Twitter in recent days, berating the mayor of London after his city was the site of a terrorist attack, castigating the American courts as "slow and political", calling on Democrats to expedite confirmations even as his pace of appointments lags, and going after his own Justice Department for adjusting an executive order that required his approval and received it. This undercuts his own legal team's attempts to prevent the ban from getting struck down in court, and his opponents have used Trump's statements and tweets to argue that the ban is an attack on Muslims and thus a violation of the Constitution.
Trump didn't tweet during Comey's testimony, despite being called a liar.
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.
JULIE DAVIS: They are the statements that are the most in Trump's voice of anything we get from this White House. 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.More news: Turkey's Erdogan Dismisses Charges Qatar Backs Terrorism, Pledges Aid
Kellyanne Conway scolded the press on Monday for its "obsession with covering everything [Trump] says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president", as if the two aren't inextricably tied. He rebuked them for not pursuing his original executive order banning Muslims from certain countries from entering the USA and instead throwing their legal weight behind a "watered down" version.
FOLKENFLIK: Many reporters thought candidate Trump would evolve once in office.
"Not true", Conway shot back, though Trump's Twitter activity indicated otherwise. Four percent of registered voters think the president doesn't tweet enough. Trump's tweets either matter or they don't. That Twitter is the authentic Trump, the one not lawyered up and filtered down.
On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies.