Trump Advisers Blame Media for Taking the President’s Tweets Seriously
President Donald Trump won’t answer questions from the media, preferring to speak directly to his followers on social media. Yet, his advisers think the media takes his social media rants too seriously.
The president and his team seem to believe that while he can rant on Twitter, the media should just ignore what he says or treat his tweets as inconsequential.
Trump’s deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka and counselor Kellyanne Conway are miffed that the media continues to report the presidents rants “instead of focusing on what he does.”
The problem is that the president hasn’t accomplished anything legislatively, worth talking about.
Gorka, Trump’s deputy assistant said this morning that recent tweets by the president about the London terror attack and his blocked executive order on immigration do not amount to policy positions.
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While CNN anchor Chris Cuomo argued that those tweets are the president’s known positions and what he believes, Gorka disputed that vehemently.
“His tweets are the policy. They are statements from the president of the United States about what he wants. … It’s his words, his thoughts,” argued Cuomo.
Gorka shot back that “it’s not policy. It’s not an executive order. It’s social media.”
Ms. Conway, the president’s counselor was also on a fact mending mission this morning.
She told NBC’s Today Show that the media seem obsessed with the president’s tweets.
“Well, but that’s his preferred method of communication with the American people. He hasn’t given an interview in three weeks,” Today’s anchor Craig Melvin said, to which Conway responded that “tweets are not policies.”
Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed her colleagues an hour later.
She repeated during a press briefing that the press is obsessed with tweets from President Trump.
“I think [Trump’s tweets] matter in the sense that it gives him a communications tool that isn’t filtered through media bias,” Sanders said. “But at the same time, I think that the media obsesses over every period [and] dot.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer has stopped attempting to explain Trump’s tweets, preferring to tell the media to take the tweets at face value.
“The tweets speak for themselves,” he told the media recently.
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