ONLY FOES de­ride Twit­ter use, Trump says

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WASH­ING­TON — While his ad­min­is­tra­tion sought a re­set in the West Wing, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump made clear that he will not change his Twit­ter habit.

On Twit­ter on Tues­day, Trump said: “Only the Fake News Me­dia and Trump en­e­mies want me to stop us­ing So­cial Me­dia (110 mil­lion peo­ple). Only way for me to get the truth out!”

The tweet came a day after re­tired Gen. John Kelly took over as Trump’s new chief of staff. Tapped to bring or­der to the West Wing, Kelly quickly made his pres­ence known Mon­day — by lead­ing the ouster of newly ap­pointed com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor An­thony Scara­mucci and re­vis­ing the com­mand struc­ture so all se­nior staff mem­bers re­port to him.

Those moves were praised Mon­day by Trump al­lies and law­mak­ers, who ex­pressed hope that Kelly would help stem in­ter­nal con­flicts and ad­vance a pol­icy agenda after six months of tu­mult. But less clear is how much con­trol Kelly will have over Trump’s predilec­tion for sow­ing con­flict and mak­ing off-the-cuff com­ments on so­cial me­dia.

Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, speak­ing on NBC’s To­day show, said he was en­cour­aged by Kelly’s new role but stressed that he was look­ing for “dis­ci­pline” from Trump in or­der to move forward with is­sues such as health care and an over­haul of the tax sys­tem.

“He has an obli­ga­tion to be pres­i­dent for all of us and stop the chaos. Most of the chaos is gen­er­ated by him and no one else,” Gra­ham said.

Sep­a­rately, after Trump on Twit­ter ac­cused China of fail­ing to tame its neigh­bor and long­time ally North Korea, Bei­jing is­sued its own re­buke to Trump in an ed­i­to­rial pub­lished by Xin­hua, the of­fi­cial news agency.

“Trump is quite a per­son­al­ity, and he likes to tweet,” said Xin­hua’s re­sponse, is­sued late Mon­day and widely dis­played on Chi­nese news web­sites. “But emo­tional vent­ing can­not be­come a guid­ing pol­icy for solv­ing the nu­clear is­sue on the penin­sula,” it said, re­fer­ring to the di­vided Korean Penin­sula.

The United States, it added, “must not con­tinue spurn­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity” for the volatile stand­off with North Korea, “and even less should it stab China in the back.”

“I am very dis­ap­pointed in China,” Trump said on Twit­ter on Sun­day, after North Korea tested an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile in de­fi­ance of U.N. sanc­tions.

De­spite China’s big trade sur­plus with the United States, he con­tin­ued in a sec­ond tweet, “they do NOTH­ING for us with North Korea, just talk.”

In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was con­trib­uted by Cather­ine Lucey of The As­so­ci­ated Press and by Chris Buck­ley and Austin Ramzy of The New York Times.

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