Trump says he plans to keep tweeting from his personal account

American presidents have a long history of using the technology of the day to get their messages out to the media, and the public.

Theodore Roosevelt made no secret of his preferences to use particular reporters to spread his progressive message across the burgeoning wire services and newspapers in the early 20th century. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s embrace of radio for his fireside chats brought Americans together and let them know what was at stake with the Great Depression and World War II. John F. Kennedy was by many accounts the first TV president. And Ronald Reagan was called the Great Communicator because of how natural he was on radio and camera and his ability to make anyone feel like he was talking directly to them.

And then there is Donald Trump and Twitter.

The president-elect has made no secret of how much he loves to use Twitter to sing the praises of the things he loves, and to take aim at those he believes have done him wrong. There’s no denying the fact that Trump doesn’t shirk from using what might now be the most direct way to reach the biggest possible audience in the fastest way imaginable. And whether you or not you like what Trump has to say, you have to admit that he’s not afraid to tell us all exactly what he thinks about something.

Sometimes, Trump can be positive and affirming…

And, sometimes, the President-elect sounds like a TV critic…

And no matter what Trump is dealing within the Oval Office after he becomes president on Friday, he will continue to find time to tweet.

Not just from the official White House Twitter account, but from his personal @realDonaldTrump Twitter handle. Trump said as much in an interview with the London Sunday Times newspaper.

“I think, I’ll keep it,” Trump said. “So I’ve got 46 million people right now — that’s a lot, that’s really a lot — but 46 million — including Facebook, Twitter and ya know, Instagram, so when you think that you’re 46 million there, I’d rather just let that build up and just keep it @realDonaldTrump, it’s working.”

And if you needed Trump to give another reason why he intends on keeping up his tweeting, well, there’s his not-secret-at-all feelings about how the press reports on his actions.

“The tweeting, I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press — so dishonestly — that I can put out Twitter — and it’s not 140, it’s now 280 — I can go bing bing bing . . . and they put it on and as soon as I tweet it out — this morning on television, Fox — ‘Donald Trump, we have breaking news’.”

Critics of Trump’s use of Twitter include defense and security experts, who say foreign intelligence experts could try to use the president-elect’s Twitter habits and patterns to their advantage. Also, outgoing CIA Director John Brennan said the following about Trump on “Fox News Sunday”: “Now that he’s going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he’s going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that U.S. and national security interests are protected. Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests.”

 

Photo: President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016 in New York City. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

 

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