In an interview airing on Sunday on “Fox Business Network, U.S. President Donald Trump defended his regular use of social media, especially Twitter, saying that his tweets won him the White House and that with it,he could bypass “unfair media coverage” and speak directly.
“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.”
“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 have got the word out,” he said.
Trump admitted that he had been told several times, by even friends and family to slow down on his use of social media which sometimes contain 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.”