CIA Director Explains The Positives - And Negatives - Of Trump's Twitter Habits

There has been an endless amount of discussion on President Donald Trump’s social media habits, and that chatter isn’t going to be subsiding anytime soon. The commander-in-chief maintains an active presence on Twitter, and he seems to feel this is the best way to get his message out there without the interference of the press. The wisdom of that sentiment is certainly open for debate, but there are no signs that Trump is budging on that stance.

A simple post from Trump can completely upend the day's news cycle. People want to hear what the president has to say, and the press has grown accustomed to having the easy layup delivered on the regular. It’s one of those situations in which there’s plenty of pros and cons, but the bottom-line is that we all have to deal with the new reality: there’s a tweeter in the White House, and he’s not shy about sharing his thoughts.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently took part in a discussion at The Reagan National Defense Forum, and he provided some perspective on the president’s Twitter habit.

“I've actually seen it help us. I have seen things the president has put on his Twitter account actually have a real-world impact on our capacity to understand what's going on in other places of the world,” Pompeo explained. “That is, our adversaries responded to those tweets in ways that were helpful to us — to understand command and control issues, who's listening to what messages, how those messages are resonating around the world.”

That would be a clear entry on the positive side of the ledger. Trump’s words resonate, and the fact that he’s communicating in such a fashion allows intelligence agencies to get a handle on who is paying attention. Such information could prove to be invaluable down the road, so we can take that as a sign that the president should keep on keeping on. However, Pompeo notes there are downsides as well.

“As a former chief of staff, I cannot imagine what it's like to serve a president who tweets in the morning. If I had my way, I'd take that tweeter and throw it out the window,” he continued. “The problem of dealing — you know, of suddenly tweeting an anti-Muslim video like that is that once it goes out, what it does is it inflames the people that are out there.”

Trump recently re-tweeted a video that showed a scene of immigrants becoming violent, but it was unclear if it was the real deal or a staged incident. Regardless, Trump was rightfully blasted about the wisdom of sharing such a thing just to bolster an argument. Quite simply, that particular post amounted to a big old mark on the negative side of the ledger.

In a perfect world, the president will find a happy medium when it comes to his communication strategy. A bit more of a filter on what he has to say is certainly not too much to ask for, and it will result in him appearing to be more presidential as he grows into the job. While there’s no guarantee that’s going to happen, we’ll reserve a spot for that on the wish list for year two of the Trump administration.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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