Donald Trump Says He'll Stick With Personal Twitter Account As President
Donald Trump's @RealDonaldTrump isn't going away.
@POTUS account, NBC reports that transition sources have said.
Transition sources tell me @realDonaldTrump intends to keep using his own account as president, not switching to @potus himselfó Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 16, 2017
Trump also told The London Times in an interview published Sunday that he doesnít want to loose his massive Twitter following.
ďI think Iíll keep it,Ē he told The Times, referring to his personal account. ďIíve got 46 million people right now ó thatís really a lot ó †including Facebook, Twitter and ya know, Instagram ó Iíd rather just let that build up and just keep it @realDonaldTrump.†Itís working.Ē
The move is especially interesting since Trump has blocked several followers from his personal account†who have responded to him on Twitter with critical tweets. Sticking with his own account will presumably mean some American citizens will continue to be blocked from their presidentís messages, even though Trumpís communication with the public is often only via Twitter.
Trump told The Times he had thought he would be tweeting less by now, but finds himself continually responding to the media. ďIím covered so dishonestly by the press, so dishonestly, that I can put out Twitter, I can go bing bing bing ... and as soon as I tweet it outĒ itís on the news, Trump said.
In fact, Trump has just over 20 million followers on Twitter. The @POTUS account has 13.5 million followers.
Trump has previously said heíll continue to tweet while in office, though he recently told ď60 MinutesĒ heíll be ďvery restrained.Ē That hasnít proved to be the case yet.
Trumpís incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus, has vowed major changes†in how the White House deals with the press. Itís unclear what the full extent of those changes might be, but given Trumpís heavy use of Twitter, the social media platform may play a larger role in the new presidentís communication with the public than it has with past presidents, perhaps at the expense of press conferences or speeches.†That would again raise concerns that some citizens could be shut out of the process.
Trumpís administration will take charge of the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts when the president-elect steps into office, but itís not yet clear how they will be used or who will supply the tweets. The National Archives and Records Administration will transfer all of President Barack Obamaís tweets at @POTUS over to the account @POTUS44†before Trump takes over.
Obama also has a personal Twitter account, @BarackObama, but itís currently being run by staff at Organizing for Action. It has 80.5 million followers.
In 5 days, I expect @BarackObama will take back his Twitter account from @ofa. 80.5 million followers. 4x Trump's reach, for those counting.ó Alex Howard (@digiphile) January 16, 2017
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