President Donald Trump prints his most popular tweets and studies them to see where he went right, according to Bob Woodward’s new book Fear: Trump in the White House. Trump reportedly tries to send tweets similar to his most shared ones so he gets more likes.
“[Trump] ordered printouts of his recent tweets that had received a high number of likes, 200,000 or more,” Woodward says in his book. “He studied them to find the common themes in the most successful […] The most effective tweets were often the most shocking.”
Trump believes Twitter is his ‘megaphone to the world’ and he realizes that it allows him to speak directly to people, the book says. However, his aides were not pleased with his Twitter habits. Several aides formed a ‘Twitter committee’ to regulate Trump’s tweeting.
This committee included Hope Hicks, Rob Porter and Gary Cohn. Together, they prepared tweets for the President. “They would draft some tweets that they believed Trump would like,” Woodward says. “If the president had an idea for a tweet, he could write it down or get one of them in and they would vet it. Was it factually accurate? Was it spelled correctly? Did it make sense? Did it serve his needs?”
Unsurprisingly, Trump ‘ignored most reviews or vetting and did what he wanted.’ The book claims that one tweet, attacking Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, was particularly concerning for Trump’s aides. In that tweet, Trump claimed he had seen Brzezinski ‘bleeding badly from a face-lift.’
“I know what you are going to say,” Trump told former chief of staff Reince Priebus. “It’s not presidential. And guess what? I know it. But I had to do it anyway.” Trump will no doubt continue tweeting his unfiltered thoughts. Yesterday, he used Twitter to deny the death toll in Puerto Rico.