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POTUS Comes Clean: Yes, He Sometimes Tweets From Bed

Now that he’s had a full year in office, it’s pretty safe to say that we can confirm a claim that has been bandied about rather incessantly since he was sworn in a little over a year ago: we’ve never seen a President quite like Donald Trump. It’s no secret that the commander-in-chief marches to his own drummer, and we continue to see evidence of that on a daily basis through his - let’s call it unique - conversational style.

Trump is known for shooting from the hip without giving too much thought to the consequences of his words, and he can change the conversation in a heartbeat with a single utterance.

That’s not limited to the times that he actually verbalizes his thoughts either. Trump can quickly flip things upside down with a simple post on Twitter, which is his preferred means of communication with the American voters.

The conversation of the day can quickly change with a simple Trump tweet, and it can be awfully tough to keep up with the news as a result. Quite simply, we never do know when Trump is going to fire something off.

However, we now have some clarity as to how his tweets come to life.

As the New York Daily News shares, Trump recently sat down with Piers Morgan for an interview on Britain’s ITV, and the topic of his Twitter habit came up. Trump took the bait, and he offered up some revealing insight as to the times that he’s most likely to have his phone at the ready.

“Well, perhaps sometimes in bed, perhaps sometimes at breakfast or lunch or whatever, but generally speaking during the early morning, or during the evening I can do that,” Trump explained.

“I'm very busy during the day, very long hours. I’m busy."

"I’ll sometimes just dictate out something really quickly and give it to one of my people to put it on.”

Many a morning has been disrupted by a Trump tweet, which is often related to a major talking point that he wishes to drive home. As for why he relies on social media as opposed to offering up more public comments, Trump contends that this is the only way that he can control the message that gets put out there.

“If I wasn’t able to do that because I get a lot of fake news,” he added. “If I don’t have that form of communication, I can’t defend myself, unless I’m going to have a news conference every 15 minutes.”

Fair enough, but the other side of that is that his tweets lead to an inordinate amount of analysis as to the real meaning of what he had to say. While many of his posts are pretty clear, others can be open to interpretation.

That’s a simple reality of communicating thoughts via the written word, and it applies whether we’re talking about text messages or posts on various social media platforms. Sometimes, the thoughts we wish to convey don’t translate as well without being verbalized as opposed to written.

In any event, it’s quite clear that Trump has no intention of giving up Twitter anytime soon. By this point, it should just be accepted as par for the course in the Trump era.

While we may have never seen another president like him, there’s a good chance that he’s just the first that will use the powers of social media to his advantage.

Source: NY Daily News
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, YouTube

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