When Trump defends himself via Twitter that doesn’t mean he “lacks message discipline”!
As Donald Trump defends himself, we hear the same critiques of his use of Twitter that we heard throughout the campaign.
But when Trump defends himself, it gets covered by the media. For instance, the Telegraph reports,
President Donald Trump branded Democrats “hypocrites” over calls for an investigation into his administration’s contacts with Russia, posting a photograph on the internet of one of the opposition party’s leaders sharing doughnuts and coffee with Vladimir Putin.
It came after half a dozen Trump officials and advisers were revealed to have met Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington, in the six months before the president took office.
Mr Trump responded by posting the picture on Twitter showing Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the US Senate, smiling alongside Mr Putin during his trip to New York in 2003.
The president said: “We should start an immediate investigation into Senator Schumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite!”
Not satisfied with that, then president then pointed the finger at Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
In using Twitter this way, President Trump is defending himself and his people from real attacks and pushing back against the aggression.
So why do we get patronizing critiques like this one from Chris Wallace:
Look, I don’t always understand how or why Donald Trump goes on Twitter. But we’ve been hearing this criticism from the beginning of the campaign. Time and again we were told that Trump would not win the primary unless he stopped using Twitter and got more “message discipline.”
Then, when he won the nomination without following this advice, the pundits repeated the same talking point. We were assured Trump was going to lose because he couldn’t control himself on Twitter.
Now that he has become President without following this advice, people are recycling the same advice, and still acting as if they are credible. They never acknowledge that they have been wrong before, though they have been wrong repeatedly.
Can’t anyone admit that the President might know what he is doing?
In this case, the attack on his own legitimacy is a dire threat to Donald Trump. Worse, it is a threat to our Constitutional republic. It is also a threat to the world:
The Kremlin indicated its disappointment and frustration at how the uproar was blocking progress on US-Russian relations, including on the issues of Syria and combating terrorism.
It furiously denied allegations that Mr Kislyak, who emerged as the central figure in a controversy, was a spy. Senior intelligence officials told CNN the amiable career diplomat, at one time the Russian envoy to Nato, was suspected of being one of Russia’s top espionage recruiters in Washington.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded by saying: “Recruiting? Oh my God! Stop spreading lies and false news. He is a well-known, world-class diplomat.
“I’ll open a military secret for you – it’s the diplomats’ jobs to have contacts in the country they are posted to.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Mr Kislyak was doing his job meeting senior US officials.
He added: “This strongly resembles a witch hunt or the times of McCarthyism which we thought were long over in the United States as a civilised country.”
Democrats are publicly antagonizing a nuclear power to damage Donald Trump. When Trump defends himself on Twitter he is doing the nation a service.