Spicer's comments refute the argument made by two Trump advisers that what the president posts on Twitter is simply social media. Trump saw fit to attack Khan― who is himself a Sunni Muslim ― rather than offer his support, something that looks even a bit worse in the traditional statement format than as an inflammatory, vitriolic tweet.
Trump's brief tenure in the White House has largely been defined by tumult. And Trump's use of Twitter gives us that access in ways that would be unimaginable if he was a more orthodox or traditional president.
While many pro-Trump advocates have openly urged Trump stop his favorite means of communicating, it appears from the Press secretary's statement today, tweets are now official documents, presumably, with the same importance as any other presidential statement.
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When President Donald Trump kicked off a multi-day tweet storm ridiculing the London Mayor's response to terrorism attacks, blasting the courts for blocking his "travel ban" and blaming endless leaks on the "fake news", people in Washington were stunned by his audacity and lack of filter. The tweets shocked the British and caused days of distraction, overshadowing the White House's public roll-out of a plan to overhaul the USA air-traffic control system.
The term "travel ban" has been used in reference to an executive order restricting travel to the USA from a number of Muslim majority countries.
"My personal view is that there should be a review process because of the sensitivity of so many of them", said Chris Ruddy, a longtime friend of Trump and CEO of the conservative outlet Newsmax. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a holdover from the President Barack Obama's administration, was sacked by Trump after she declined to defend his executive order on immigration.
"People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!"
Rumors have echoed around the West Wing for months about the possibility Trump would fire his public relations staff en masse. George Conway mocked the president with his own tweet.