By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump
defended his regular use of social media, especially Twitter,
and said he may not have won the White House without it.
In an interview airing on Sunday on "Fox Business Network,"
Trump says he can bypass what he labels unfair media coverage by
"Tweeting is like a typewriter -- when I put it out, you put
it immediately on your show," he said, according to a transcript
released by the network. "I doubt I would be here if weren’t for
social media, to be honest with you."
Trump called his social media accounts on Facebook Inc
, Twitter Inc and Instagram "a tremendous
"When somebody, says something about me, I am able to go
bing, bing, bing and I take care of it. The other way, I would
never be get the word out," he said, according to the
Republican leaders have regularly urged Trump to avoid or
cut back on tweets and Trump acknowledged some friends suggest
he not use social media.
Trump regularly mounts attacks on Twitter, especially at
news media and political opponents, often sending out missives
in the early morning or late evening hours.
At times, Trump's tweets have contained factual inaccuracies
and personal attacks.
In March for example, Trump asserted without evidence
President Barack Obama had ordered Trump Tower in New York
wiretapped - something Obama denied.
In September, the FBI and the Justice Department said in a
court filing "they have no records related to wiretaps as
described” by tweets from Trump.
He recently excoriated NFL players for taking a knee during
the National Anthem.
He also criticized Senator Bob Corker in a series of tweets
prompting Corker to respond: "It’s a shame the White House has
become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their
shift this morning."
White House chief of staff John Kelly said last week some
have criticized him for failing to control Trump's tweeting. "I
was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of
information to our president," Kelly said.
In July, Trump was sued in federal court by seven
individuals whom he has blocked on Twitter. The Justice
Department said the suit should be dismissed, arguing it "rests
on the unsupported and erroneous premise that the president’s
Twitter account is a public forum for First Amendment purposes."
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)
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