January 23, 2019

White House may have lawyers to approve President Trump's tweets

29 May 2017, 08:36 | Rhonda Young

If the White House was trying to get Trump's through a filter before they were published, why would they want to run them through a team of lawyers?

The White House source told The Wall Street Journal administration staffers wanted to create a system to limit Trump's Twitter autonomy so that his tweets "don't go from the president's mind out to the universe".

The Journal reported earlier this month that the USA president's aides had staged an "intervention" with the president about his Twitter habit, telling him that his practice of tweeting off the cuff could "paint him into a corner".

The Journal report specifically cites the examples of 1) his infamous "wiretapping" tweet about his predecessor Barack Obama, and 2) his suggestion that his conversations with James Comey may have been taped.

He also regularly used the platform to insult his political rivals during his campaign and has continued to do so during his first several months in office.

Whether or not Trump will sign on to a new Twitter strategy remains to be seen-but it does seem like an unlikely shift to many.

President Donald Trump is actively discussing major changes in the White House, including having lawyers vet his tweets and shaking up his top staff, as he grapples with the fallout from probes into his campaign's dealings with Russian Federation, according to several senior administration officials and outside advisers. The plan has also been described differently by the Trump administration, with the president and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin describing it as a massive tax cut, while White House budget chief Mitch Mulvaney said it would eliminate tax breaks and deductions to offset lower tax rates - suggesting the administration has yet to decide on a final plan.

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