Trump defends frequent Twitter use as way to fight a very dishonest and unfair press

President Trump on Saturday defended his use of social media platforms like Twitter by saying he does it to “fight” back against news coverage he views as “dishonest and unfair.”

“I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair ‘press, ‘ now often referred to as Fake News Media, ” Trump tweeted. “Phony and non-existent’ sources; are being used more often than ever. Many stories& reports a pure fiction! ”

During his first year in office, Trump has utilized the social media platform to announce new policies, pressure vacillating lawmakers, battle the media, rally is supportive of his agenda and otherwise steer the national dialogue.

The forum, though, has come with pitfalls for the quick-to-type president who’s apparently feuding with the media, Democrats and even some Republican on a daily basis.

Some in his party have not been shy about carrying displeasure with his tweeting.

“I’ve been pretty candid with him and all of you that I’m not a fan of the daily tweets, ” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters earlier this year.


Last week, however, McConnell told reporters he’s “warming up to the tweets.”

“Regarding the president’s tweeting habits, I haven’t been a fan until the coming week, ” he said.

Despite absence the official gravitas of a formal speech, Trump’s Twitter messages are taken seriously. Earlier this year, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump’s tweets “are considered official statements by the president of the United States.”

In other tweets Saturday, the president touted the tax reform bill he recently signed into statute, arguing “it will only get better.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report .

Alex Pappas is a politics reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @AlexPappas .

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