The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Between his long-stand­ing per­sonal Twit­ter ac­count and his of­fi­cial White House Twit­ter ac­count, Pres­i­dent Trump has many mil­lions of fol­low­ers. Each of his tweets is of­ten “liked” more than 100,000 times and retweeted, on rough av­er­age, 20,000 times. That is a lot of buzz. Mr. Trump has tweeted 953 times since tak­ing of­fice on @POTUS, his of­fi­cial tweet source. He also has tweeted 35,400 times on @re­alDon­aldTrump — the per­sonal ac­count he has held since 2009.

There is much in­dig­na­tion in the main­stream me­dia over this phe­nom­e­non. Jour­nal­ists and crit­ics alike of­ten act as if Mr. Trump’s fre­quent tweets are not a le­git­i­mate form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, or un­pres­i­den­tial. This has not al­ways been the case.

On March 17, 2009, ABC News an­chor Ge­orge Stephanopou­los con­ducted the net­work’s very first of­fi­cial Twit­ter in­ter­view with Sen. John McCain. Ev­ery­one con­cerned ap­peared de­lighted. Mr. Stephanopou­los re­ferred to the ex­change as a “Twit­ter­view” and of­fered this com­ment in the af­ter­math: “Twit­ter’s fun. The con­ci­sion it de­mands is both bless­ing and curse. You gain di­rect­ness. You lose a bit of sub­tlety and com­pre­hen­sive­ness.”

At the time, Repub­li­can strate­gist Ron Bon­jean also of­fered this ob­ser­va­tion: “The pos­i­tive thing is that Twit­ter can work. Short bites of in­for­ma­tion are al­ways ef­fec­tive.”

All th­ese years later, Mr. Trump ap­pears to have honed his tweet skills to a fine edge. He con­tin­ues to cut to the chase, and re­mains the daily cen­ter­piece of global news cov­er­age.

“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!” he tweeted Tues­day.


Tweets be­gan as a novel way for politi­cians to com­mu­ni­cate. Pres­i­dent Trump ap­pears to have mas­tered the prac­tice, draw­ing a lot of buzz. His tweets reach mil­lions of peo­ple and re­ceive thou­sands of retweets.

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