Who needs a press secretary? President-elect doubles down on Twitter
Mark Meredith, National Correspondent – WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) — A week after becoming president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump continues to depend on social media to reach out to critics, his allies and the world.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump was often questioned about his decision to use Twitter to attack his rivals and question news reports. Traditionally candidates will use a spokesperson or televised press conference to shape their message, instead Trump prefers to share his 140 characters at a time.
On Wednesday, the president-elect used the social media platform to attack the New York Times over a story published the same day.
The failing @nytimes story is so totally wrong on transition. It is going so smoothly. Also, I have spoken to many foreign leaders.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
I have recieved and taken calls from many foreign leaders despite what the failing @nytimes said. Russia, U.K., China, Saudi Arabia, Japan,— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
Australia, New Zealand, and more. I am always available to them. @nytimes is just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
During an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Trump made it clear he has no plans to stop tweeting after taking the oath of office.
"It's a great form of communication. Now, do I say I'll give it up entirely and throw out, that's a tremendous form -- I pick up -- I'm picking up now, I think I picked up yesterday 100,000 people. I'm not saying I love it, but it does get the word out," he said during the interview.
Wednesday's posts weren't the first time Trump's twitter account ignited the debate over social media in politics. Mashable compiled a list of some of the most controversial Trump tweets of all time.
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