Trump's tweets are 'official statements': Spicer

Posted June 12, 2017

"He's just talking to some people". But a tweet bearing the hallmarks of Trump's combative style came from an Android device as recently as Saturday.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Trump today revealed his pick to be the new Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"This White House will continue to be on offense or defense, and that offense includes shaming people or guilting them, or telling them to be responsible, by telling them to cover things like the infrastructure investment", Conway said on Fox News.

"White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also left the option open, telling reporters on June 2, 'It has got to be reviewed.'" However, apparently the Trump team realized that blocking Comey would be probably as damaging as anything that could be in his testimony, and has now officially agreed to let Comey speak.

The legal challenge was likely written before Spicer's statement, but his classification of the tweets as "official statements" can only make it more hard for the Trump administration to argue that his account is not a public forum.

FOLKENFLIK: Trump has tweeted rhetorical fire against the mayor of London after the latest terror attack there.

"It's not policy. It's social media", Gorka responded dismissively.

CHRIS CUOMO: Of course it is.

Trump has at least two accounts on four of the biggest social media platforms.

CUOMO: It's not social media. You know no bounds. It's not an executive order. "Please understand the difference".

FOLKENFLIK: Gorka betrayed contempt. Cuomo was disbelieving.

At this time it's not clear which of the president's twitter handles the White House will consider official.

But it's very obvious he still needs to learn that what is OK to say and do when you're the CEO of the United States is entirely different. "They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out", he tweeted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has reiterated several times that he is "not a fan" of the president's tweets.

Trump has continuously - sometimes publicly - expressed his frustration with Sessions' decision to formally step back from any investigation of Russian election interference.

Still, allies had questions about Trump's belief in the value of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which he had termed "obsolete" during the presidential campaign. And, oh, how wrong we were.

Now, 69 percent of registered voters say Trump tweets too much, up 13 points when pollsters asked the same question in December, while 51 percent say his tweeting hurts American national security interests. Sessions was the first and, for many months, the only US senator to back Trump's campaign.

"The pt can not be stressed enough that tweets on legal matters seriously undermine Admin agenda and POTUS-and those who support him, as I do, need to reinforce that pt and not be shy about it", Conway wrote on Twitter Monday morning.

In short, Spicer's count of how many people are tracking Trump on social media is clearly inflated. A look at Trump's recent Twitter activity is an eye-opening mishmash of self-congratulatory statements and attacks on others, while he remains firmly silent about the mounting controversies that threaten his very presidency.

Trump has an array of possible defences against this possible lawsuit centering on the argument that the Twitter account used to block users is used in his personal capacity, some legal experts have argued. The Founding Fathers didn't know that Twitter was going to be a thing, but they certainly provided the framework to make sure that we could always engage with the people who purport to represent us. Jaffer threatens to sue to reverse the practice, saying that critical free speech is constitutionally protected.

"When the government makes a space available to the public at large for the objective of expressive activity, it creates a public forum from which it may not constitutionally exclude individuals on the basis of viewpoint", the letter said.

FOLKENFLIK: Trump has reportedly told aides he plans to live tweet tomorrow while James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill.