Trump Says He’ll Be ‘Restrained’ With His Twitter Use As President

AP

During an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” set to air in full on Sunday, Donald Trump defended his use of Twitter during the campaign but said that he will be “restrained” with his social media use as president.

CBS’ Lesley Stahl noted to Trump that he used his Twitter account to launch attacks throughout the election cycle and asked if he would do that as president. In response, Trump launched into an endorsement for social media and noted that is was a great way for him to keep “fighting back.”

“It’s a great form of communication. Now do I say I’ll give it up entirely?” he said. “I’m not saying I love it, but it does get the word out. When you give me a bad story or when you give me an inaccurate story or when somebody other than you and another — a network, or whatever, ‘cause of course, CBS would never do a thing like that right? I have a method of fighting back.”

Stahl then tried to clarify that he would do that as president.

“I’m going to do very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained,” Trump replied.

He then touted his use of social media again.

“It’s a modern form of communication. There should be nothing you should be ashamed of. It’s where it’s at. I do believe this, I really believe that the fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et cetera — I think it helped me win all of these races where they’re spending much more money than I spent,” Trump said. “I think that social media has more power than the money they spent, and I think maybe to a certain extent, I proved that.”

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