Although President Trump does not read books, a new book reports that he loves his own tweets.
in the Anxiety, Bob Woodward's scathing expose of the Trump administration, the author writes, is that the president is so excited about his Twitter experience that he prints his best tweets so he can study them. (The same kind of tweets that so alarmed Trump's top advisers that, according to Woodward's report, they asked him to tweet in committee.)
"[President Trump] ordered prints of his last tweets, which had received a high number of likes, 200,000 or more, "writes the veteran journalist anxiety, now on special offer. "He studied her to find the common themes in the most successful … The most effective tweets were often the most shocking."
He called Twitter his "megaphone to the world" and a way to "talk directly to people without filters". Trump did not care that, according to the book, his tweets were not "presidential elections." On June 29, Woodward writes that Trump has tweeted former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC's Tomorrow, Joe and had transformed from campaign followers to "normal slanders".
@Morning_Joe speaks bad of me (do not pay attention), tweeted Trump. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago three nights in a row on New Year's Eve and insisted on accompanying me, bleeding heavily from a facelift, saying no! "
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was less than enthusiastic. He described Trump as "Going Bananas" and turned to the president Anxiety.
"I know what you're going to say," Trump told Priebus before he could say anything. "It's not presidency, guess what, I know, but I had to do it anyway."
"Priebus did not know why," writes Woodward.
"It's not politically helpful," said Hope Hicks, president of strategic communications. "On Twitter, you can not just be a loose cannon, you're killed by a lot of those things, you shoot yourself in the foot, you make big mistakes."
She then teamed up with staff members Rob Porter, Gary Cohn and Social Media Director Dan Scavino of the White House to form a Twitter committee, Woodward writes.
"They would design some tweets that they thought Trump would like," he writes. "If the president had an idea for a tweet, he could write it down or get one of them and they would check it out, was it factually correct, was it written correctly, did it make sense, did it serve its needs?"
While Trump said he agreed with the plan, "he ignored most of the reviews or did his tests and did what he wanted."
Ironically, the president denounced Woodward's book on Twitter.
"The Woodward book is a joke – just another attack against me, in a flood of attacks that now use refuted unnamed and anonymous sources," Trump tweeted on September 10th. "Many have already come to say the quotes of them the book, are fiction, the demos can not lose, I will write the right book!"
The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, issued a statement earlier this month denying the allegations in Woodward's book.
"This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many of former angry employees who have been told to make the president look bad," the statement says. "Although it is not always nice and rare for the press to actually handle it, President Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to achieve unprecedented successes for the American people."
Despite these White House denials, people are anxious to read Woodward's book. It is based on hundreds of "deep background" interviews with sources near the president.
And these sources revealed to Woodward that Twitter is not Donald Trump's only bad habit. In fact, the president often went on Twitter after undergoing another addiction: watching TV.
"The President and First Lady had separate bedrooms in the residence," writes Woodward. "Most of the time Trump had a huge TV, just in his bedroom with the clicker, the TiVo and his Twitter account. [Reince] Priebus called the presidential room "The Devil's Workshop" and the early morning hours and dangerous Sunday nights the witching hour. "
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In an attempt to quell Trump's TV-to-Twitter rage, Priebus arranged Trump's schedule on Sundays so he would return later in the day, "as MSNBC and CNN generally adopt a softer programming," which, according to the book, does not annoy him would.
Even the ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon tried to prevent the president from watching TV for six to eight hours a day.
"During Trump's first six months in the White House, few understood how much media he consumed," writes Woodward. Trump did not get to work until 11:00 am He often saw six to eight hours of television in one day, thinking what your brain would be like if you did that, Bannon asked. "
In the book, Bannon remembers typical Saturdays in February or March in Mar-a-Lago when Trump "was upset" to watch CNN. Melanie would be in another room nearby, Woodward writes.
Why are you doing this? Stop that, "Bannon reportedly said to Trump. "It does not make sense, just enjoy it."
Trump usually responded with something like, "Do you see that? This is a f-ing lie. Who the f – & # 39; s …"
Bannon would say, after anxiety"Go and hit Melania a bit."