- Nobody in the White House can reign in Trump’s compulsive tweeting, according to former White House aides.
- Trump is reportedly known to scan his Twitter mentions for feedback, one former aide says.
- Trump faced backlash for retweeting a string of anti-Muslim videos published by far-right UK activist on Wednesday.
Nobody in the White House can reign President Donald Trump on Twitter, former aides told Politico in a report published on Tuesday.
“The most success anyone has had, through numerous angles and schemes, has been to stop it momentarily, or to slow things down,” said one former aide said of Trump’s tweets. “But it’s just not possible to control it.”
Aides told Politico that one solution was to “bury” the US president’s fiery tweets with a flood of mundane postings.
John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has previously sought to screen news content before it reaches Trump’s desk, but Trump has not been shy about drawing attention to his penchant for questionable, and sometimes offensive, material. Trump will often retweet or comment on Twitter content he finds flattering to himself or critical of anyone who opposes him.
Trump scans his Twitter mentions for news, according to two former aides who have observed how he uses the site, Politico reported. He often sees tweets that mention his Twitter handle, and picks up links and videos there, they said.
Trump will reportedly tell his aides that “everybody’s talking about this,” referring to clips or articles he sees circulating among the small, mostly conservative, group of Twitter users he follows.
On Wednesday, Trump referenced one conspiracy theory known as “The Deep State,” which is frequently touted on dubious websites.
The House of Representatives seeks contempt citations(?) against the JusticeDepartment and the FBI for withholding key documents and an FBI witness which could shed light on surveillance of associates of Donald Trump. Big stuff. Deep State. Give this information NOW! @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
Also on Wednesday, Trump faced backlash for retweeting a string of anti-Muslim videos published by far-right UK activist and the deputy leader of political party Britain First.
The group is notorious in the UK for its racially-charged and frequently inaccurate statements about Muslims.
VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches! pic.twitter.com/11LgbfFJDq
— Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF) November 28, 2017
Britain First figures have posted demonstrably false anti-Muslim material before, often in the wake of terror attacks.
Some top right-wing figures have criticized Trump’s retweets.
Paul Joseph Watson, a top editor at InfoWars, the site led by arguably the US’s leading conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, tweeted Wednesday, “Yeah, someone might want to tell whoever is running Trump’s Twitter account this morning that retweeting Britain First is not great optics.”
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was quick to defend the president after his barrage of Tweets, saying it didn’t matter whether the anti-Muslim videos President Donald Trump retweeted on Wednesday morning were real. “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real,” Sanders told reporters Wednesday.