Thursday, November 16, 2017

Trump's Tweets: Are They Presidential Statements or Not?

They are the most dissected, repeated and analyzed statements in the world -- but are Donald Trump's tweets formal statements by the President of the United States, or his own personal reflections? It seems that no one can agree: even the US Department of Justice, which has represented the short messages from his @realDonaldTrump account as "official statements" in one lawsuit and "personal use of social media" in another. The same confusion reigns within the White House itself with former press secretary Sean Spicer saying on the record in June that the short-form message are "considered official statements by the president of the United States"; whereas chief of staff John Kelly dismissed them earlier this week as personal reflections. "They are what they are," Kelley said when asked about Trump insulting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un once again over Twitter. "Believe it or not, I do not follow the tweets. I find out about them."

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"Believe it or not, I do not follow the tweets. I find out about them."

Posted by lamplighter at 09:43 AM | 0 COMMENTS | permalink | Comment on This Entry |

General Kelly will be late to this next nuclear war.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-15 11:43 AM


@#1

I think that is Gen Kelly's way of trying to reduce the importance of the tweets.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-15 02:23 PM

Anything the President does is now part of are history. Even if they are his "own personal reflections" his tweets are official statements.

They will be recorded and archived forever now. Anything Trump does as President belongs to America. His emails while in office belong to us. Everything he does while President is "official". It is the nature of the job. You are President 24 hours a day. Everything Trump says is "official".

Even if he changes his mind later (once he gets off the toilet and talks to McMaster).

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-15 03:01 PM

Yes, they are presidential statements.

FDR had his "fireside chats". Radio was pretty new back then and he was utilizing new technology to communicate. Twitter is no different. As for how responsibly the 2 used these new platforms....let's just say FDR was more prudent...

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-15 09:52 PM

Yes, they are presidential statements.

They're presidential, as in, statements made by the president.

But they are in no way Presidential, as in, having a bearing or demeanor befitting a president; dignified and confident.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-11-15 10:14 PM

FDR had his "fireside chats". Radio was pretty new back then and he was utilizing new technology to communicate. Twitter is no different. As for how responsibly the 2 used these new platforms....let's just say FDR was more prudent...

Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-15 09:52 PM | Reply

You're comparing FDR's fireside chats to twitter???? Are you freaking serious????????

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-15 10:16 PM

Laura,

Radio and Twitter were both fairly new venues at the respective times.

My point was that comments made on both platforms were/are presidential statements.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-15 10:23 PM

To put this to bed:

Trump Tweets are official statements says the whitehouse

www.cnn.com

#8 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-11-16 02:24 PM

I think of them as Official Brain Farts.

#9 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-17 10:08 AM

Trumpelstilsken's tweets are maybe presidential; maybe not we'll see... but they are assuredly statements regarding how -------- his head is.

#10 | Posted by b_al at 2017-11-17 05:28 PM

They are statements by the president. They are, however, presidential.

pres·i·den·tial
ˌprezəˈden(t)SH(ə)l/Submit
adjective
relating to a president or presidency.
"the French presidential election"
having a bearing or demeanor befitting a president; dignified and confident.
"America wants a president who looks presidential"

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-17 06:18 PM

#5 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

You beat me.

#12 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-17 06:19 PM

#11 Well, I guess that wraps up this thread.

#13 | Posted by squinch at 2017-11-18 01:55 PM

They are presidential as far as they are made by this president. They however are lacking in the qualitative standards we have set for a president's words.

#14 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-18 01:57 PM

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