Don’t Expect Trump To Be Restrained On Twitter Once He Takes Office

RNC communications director and chief strategist Sean Spicer leaves Trump Tower, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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Newly-named White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Donald Trump’s Twitter use will be a “really exciting part of the job” for the incoming president.

“I think that his use of social media in particular … is gonna be something that’s never been seen before,” he said in an interview with Rhode Island news station WPRI published Monday. “He has this direct pipeline in the American people, where he can talk back and forth.”

Shortly after the election, the President-elect promised to be “very restrained” with his use of the social media platform, but said he would continue to use it to push back against media coverage he felt was unfair.

Trump has gone far further than that in recent weeks, using his account to criticize major corporations by name and disagree with the Obama administration’s stance on a UN resolution regarding Israeli settlements. An Indiana union leader received death threats after Trump personally targeted him on Twitter, and nuclear experts panicked after he called for the U.S. to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.”

Spicer, who will also assume the role of communications director after Jason Miller abruptly withdrew himself from the job, told WPRI he was unconcerned with the shockwaves Trump routinely unleashed with his 140-character missives.

“He can put his thoughts out and hear what they’re thinking in a way that no one’s ever been able to do before,” Spicer said. “I mean, he does communicate in a much bigger way than there’s ever been before, and I think that’s gonna be just a really exciting part of the job.”

h/t Politico

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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