Each time Donald Trump presses the "tweet" button, a new set of 140 characters becomes the most scrutinized statement in the world. The media, whatever you think of us, is dependent on access - of being given glimpses into who this President (or any president) really is and how they go about making their minds up on a given issue. According to Trump's press secretary, his tweets should be considered official statements.
Every five minutes, the bot scans Trump's Twitter account for new tweets, grabs the text from those tweets, and then spits out an image of the text reformatted to look like an official press release. Through the simple magic of an automated Twitter bot, St. Louis educator and software developer Russel Neiss has cast Trump's infamous Twitter tirades into something resembling a presidential mold.
Conway, about 24 hours earlier, had mocked reporters for paying so much to what Trump says on Twitter while paying much less attention to what he does as president.
The reason it's an obvious question, however, is that they're the president's tweets ― in what sense could one argue they're not official statements?
"I'm glad it resonates with people", Neiss told Mic. And when you have that power and when you have that ability, these tweets are no longer just simply tweets. Regardless, this is a big development: It was bad enough when Trump's Twitter habits were controversial and destructive, but now they're also violating the Constitution. The creator of a viral Twitter bot, @RealPressSecBot, believes he might have an answer. "The moment you treat them as they are, that dissonance feels real and palpable and obvious".
Proving his ability to show restraint during a photo op with lawmakers, Trump told reporters asking about his fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director this afternoon, 'I wish him luck'. "I think it's disastrous for him on the governing side", said political analyst John Jackson, with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Twitter that it might include Trump's tweets about the ban in their Supreme Court argument. All that it's doing is it's taking the president's twitter feed and giving that feed the proper honor befitting the highest office of the land.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, had left the door open to an executive action that morning, telling a "Today" show co-host: 'If Mr. Comey does testify, we'll be watching with everyone else'.