2 Jul 2017

Trump defends his use of social media... by tweet

7:32 pm on 2 July 2017

US President Donald Trump has defended his use of social media in a series of tweets, following a row over comments he made about two MSNBC TV presenters.

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump Photo: AFP

"My use of social media is not presidential - it's modern day presidential," he tweeted.

Earlier in the week, the president launched a crude personal attack on Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

His tweets were condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike, despite the White House springing to his defence.

Mr Trump's aides have previously expressed concern over his tweets.

But the president said that social media gave him the opportunity to connect directly to the public, bypassing the mainstream media, whose content Mr

Trump regularly labels as "fake news".

Mr Trump also stepped up his attack on CNN after the US news network retracted an article alleging that one of the president's aides was under investigation by Congress.

The story that caused the upset, which was later removed from the website following an internal investigation, resulted in the resignations of three CNN journalists:

Thomas Frank, investigative unit editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Lictblau and Lex Harris, who oversaw the investigations unit.

Meanwhile, addressing military veterans at the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington on Saturday, Mr Trump promised that America would "win again", prompting cheers from the crowd as he attacked media outlets.

"The fake media is trying to silence us, but we will not let them," he said at the Celebrate Freedom Rally. "The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House. But I'm president, and they're not."

The US president has more than 33 million followers on Twitter.

Although it is becoming seemingly more difficult for the president to shock this audience, his 140-character posts have been condemned by both politicians and commentators.


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