Trump’s Tweets are His-and His Staff’s-Problem and Our Opportunity
Kellyann Conway is upbraiding the media for covering his tweets.
“Criticism directed at President Donald Trump over his flurry of Twitter activity related to the London terrorist attack over the weekend is misguided, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Monday morning, the result of a press that she suggested is eagerly critical of Trump even amid more pressing situations.”
“The media, Conway said, has “this obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president.” Conway blamed that obsession for the uproar that began over the weekend when Trump hurled a political attack across the Atlantic, writing online that there had been “at least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’”
The quote selected by Trump was a misleading one. London Mayor Sadiq Khan had not downplayed the seriousness of the terrorist attacks but had instead sought to reassure residents that they should not be alarmed by an increased police presence. In response to the president’s tweet, a spokesman for the mayor said “he has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks.”
“But Conway chafed Monday morning on NBC’s “Today” when asked if the president owed Khan an apology for misleadingly quoting him.”
“I’m not going to allow, a day and a half after terrorists did it again, whether they’re ISIS-inspired or ISIS-directed, they’re savage murderers, it’s an evil slaughter as the president said last night,” the counselor to the president said. “I’m going to not let him be seen as the perpetrator here. For every time you said Russia, imagine if you said ISIS. Every time you say Twitter, imagine if you said terrorist.”
“Conway disputed the notion that Trump’s tweets represented his most relevant remarks on the subject of the weekend’s attacks in London. Instead, she pointed to the president’s repeated interactions with British Prime Minister Theresa May and his remarks at the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala, where he declared that “this bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end.”
So it’s the media’s fault for reporting on his tweets. Talk about passing the buck. Last week Trump claimed the media criticized him for using Twitter but that he was going to keep on tweeting.
But here’s the truth: the Trump team wishes he would tone down the tweeting-his legal team would like to vet his tweets before he sends them.
And understandably so, as every time he tweets he runs the risk of offering up another article of impeachment. So maybe as he won’t listen they are trying to somehow shame the media into stopping paying attention to his tweets as if that will stop them.
I’m all for him tweeting. It’s in his own interest to stop or be very careful. The staff can’t make him so now they think they can convince us that Trump’s tweets are just ‘social media’ and so not relevant. Nice try.
In truth, the tweets are a goldmine for Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“Trump’s tweets ‘a gold mine’ for Mueller probe.”
“Trump is not a target of the FBI or congressional probes, but his tweets could all be used by investigators as they seek to establish whether the president and his associates are being truthful in the explanations they give under oath about the nature of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Trump’s tweets could ultimately cause problems for the people around Trump, including aides who sent messages under Trump’s account.”
“They’re a gold mine,” said Peter Zeidenberg, who served on the Justice Department’s special prosecution team during the George W. Bush-era Valerie Plame Wilson investigation and now works as a partner at Arent Fox. “They help paint a picture.”
Gold mine indeed-they amount to literal prima facie evidence.
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