Are Trump's Tweets a Liability?

Are Trump's Tweets a Liability?

03-21-2017
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President Donald Trump kicked off one of the biggest weeks of his presidency with a flurry of tweets.

His widely praised nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, was kicking off his confirmation hearing, but the president was fixated on a hearing on the other side of the Capitol: the House Intelligence Committee hearing looking into Russian interference with the U.S. election featuring testimony by FBI Director James Comey.

In a rare public admission Mr. Comey said the FBI was “investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

Despite the hearing's focus on Russia, lawmakers, especially Democrats, were chomping at the bit to get Comey on the record about Trump's March 4 accusation via Twitter that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

"I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI," Comey told the panel.

Trump fired back via Twitter.

The president says he doesn't regret any of his tweets and sees Twitter as an outlet to communicate directly with Americans. However, there is increasing disapproval of his messages sent in 140 character increments.

Some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have expressed concerns that Trump's off message tweets take attention away from the successes the GOP president and Congress are enjoying.

A Gallup poll out this week shows Trump's approval rating at 37 percent.

A Fox News Poll out last week revealed some of that disapproval may very well have to do with his tweets:

  • 16 percent approve of his tweeting
  • 32 percent say he needs to be more cautious with his messages
  • 50 percent say he should leave social media to his staff

After a recent article by CBN News, 50 Days/50 Tweets: How the President Uses Twitter to Control the Narrative, some of our viewers weighed in.

Debbie Hardin: "Unfortunately, it's the only to way to combat Fake News! Sad"

Kathy French: "THEY USE TO SAY THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!!!! PLEASE!!!! THINK BEFORE YOU TWEET!!!!"

Rick Balster: "Tweet on, POTUS!"

Veronica Showers: "Yeah, because the US public really care about how well Arnold did on the Apprentice or the completely made up notion that his predecessor wiretapped him (which can only be done by a federal judge who sees probable cause of major crimes against the US). He lacks self-control on twitter."

What do you think? Should President Trump use Twitter more sparingly? Comment below.

 

 

 

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