President Elect Trump Expected to Embrace Bold In-Office Use of Twitter

Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he expects President-elect Donald Trump to continue to make bold use of Twitter, including while he is in office, to make major policy announcements. Trump was scolded by foreign policy experts last month when he used Twitter to announce that say that the U.S. should greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nuclear weapons.

Making news and issuing statements on social media sites that also include Facebook and Instagram will “absolutely” continue, despite earlier promises by Trump to cut back, Spicer said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Days after his victory on November 8, Trump said in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he was rethinking his use of social media, which had been a potent weapon during more than a year on the campaign trail. “I’m going to be very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained,” Trump said. Since then, he has shown little sign that he intends to follow that pledge. In fact, on December 28, Trump, whose Presidential Inauguration will occur on January 20, tweeted that he was trying to disregard statements by President Barack Obama that he considered “inflammatory.” He tweeted: “Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!”

Spicer further stated on Sunday, “You know, with all due respect, I think it freaks the mainstream media out that he has this following of over 45 plus million people that follow him on social media, that he can have a direct conversation. He doesn’t have to have it funneled through the media.”

Trump currently has 18.3 million followers on Twitter, 16.8 million on Facebook and 4.5 million on Instagram. He has tweeted more than 34,000 times since joining the social media platform in 2009.