07 June, 2017
"Are President Trump's tweets considered official White House statements?" a reporter asked.
With more and more attention being placed on Trump's tweets as he's ramped up his online activity of late with some volatile (and contradictory) statements, the White House has been forced to address the issue. Deputy press secretaries in the past have filled in when the principal press secretary is otherwise occupied - as Sanders did when Spicer was on naval reserve duty recently.
Trump's anger about his ambassadors appeared to have been sparked by the senior USA envoy to the UK, Lewis Lukens, who in his own Twitter posts yesterday commended the leadership of London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack. Trump made the comments Monday on Twitter.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday President Donald Trump's tweets are indeed official statements. "The president was expected to nominate Kellyanne's husband for that post, which "handles legal challenges to major administration initiatives" Trump had also considered George Conway for solicitor general", according to CNN. When the president tweets, it is also the word of the White House.
In March, just hours before Sessions announced his recusal, Trump told reporters he had "total" confidence in Sessions.More news: Senate to hear from Comey; Dems raise new Session questions
The cloud of investigation - the very thing a White House war room would be set up to handle - has put even some of Trump's backers and potential defenders in an uncomfortable position. 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. The travel ban, which Trump says is aimed at preventing attacks in the United States, seeks to halt entry to the United States for 90 days for people from several predominantly Muslim countries and bar refugees for four months.
It's a very amusing joke, but it's also important to note Haberman's point that Trump's tweets are basically short forms of presidential statements. But Monday morning's series of messages shows Trump will rarely, if ever, break his Twitter habit.
Trump's previous comments and tweets about the ban have already been used against the lawyers arguing on his behalf. Unimportant? A misplaced media obsession?
"I have not had a discussion with him about that", Spicer said. "Let's talk about policy". The Tweet reads, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe".
"Just to be clear, and in response to inquiries, I still VERY, VERY STRONGLY support POTUS, his Admin, policies, the executive order and of course, my wonderful wife". It's a unique audience that, prior to social media, might have been hard to reach.