Kellyanne Conway's husband says Trump tweets hurting legal case

Or literally. Except for when they should.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday President Donald Trump's tweets are indeed official statements.

Spicer waded into the back-and-forth, tweeting, some "facts" about the Senate's speed on confirming Trump's nominees. The bot was inspired by Pat Cunnane, a writer and former White House press aide, who reformatted Trump's response to the London attacks in a tweet that's since gone viral.

Guthrie said Trump's tweets directed at London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who made a statement for the citizens of London "not to be alarmed" after Saturday night's terrorist attack, and asked if Conway thought that Trump made a mistake in sparring with Khan over terrorism.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that she was not aware of the president's tweets being vetted by lawyers before being blasted out to the world.

The press secretary's striking refusal to reaffirm the President's confidence in his attorney general came as reports surfaced about the President's lingering frustrations with his attorney general's recusal and a day after Trump took to Twitter to critique his own Justice Department, which is led by Sessions.

Earlier on Monday, Trump was criticized by liberal media for tweeting about the mayor of London's ideas on combating terrorism. Despite bipartisan complaints about his continued 140-character habit, Trump has persisted in making his views known on social media.

And let's be clear about what Twitter is and is not: It's a medium, not some different language. "They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out".

So which is it?

The issue has heightened recently with a rash of tweets, many of them argued to be perceived embarrassing to the United States and to the Presidency.

Kellyanne Conway, speaking to NBC News, scolded the media for their "obsession" with Trump's Twitter account. As it's first order of business, the bot reformatted a divisive tweet in which Trump wrote, "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people".

"And the same people critiquing his use of it now critiqued it during the election and it turned out pretty well for him", Spicer said. "If it finds one, puts it in a official presidential statement format and tweets it out". In that case, shouldn't the media regard such statements in the same way they do any other presidential statement, and be able to ask any questions? He recited talking points, read prepared answers written down in advance and ended the briefings as quickly as he possibly could.

He added that his administration should seek a "much tougher version".

  • Joey Payne