President Donald Trump’s aides just can’t seem to get on the same page regarding the significance of their boss’s Twitter feed.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Trump’s tweets “official statements by the president of the United States” during a press briefing on Tuesday. His statement contradicts comments made by three other Trump advisers the previous day.
On Monday, Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, attempted to downplay Trump’s recent Twitter rants over the London terror attacks and his court-stymied “travel ban” by saying the media shouldn’t take those tweets so seriously.
“It’s not policy,” Gorka told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “It’s not an executive order. It’s social media.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway echoed Gorka’s position on NBC’s “Today,” claiming that the media has “an obsession” with covering Trump’s tweets.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the principal deputy White House press secretary, pushed the “obsession” theory hours later.
“I think [Trump’s tweets] matter in the sense that it gives him a communications tool that isn’t filtered through media bias,” Sanders said during a Monday press briefing. “But at the same time, I think that the media obsesses over every period [and] dot.”
Spicer has struggled to explain Trump’s social media posts in the past, previously telling reporters that the president’s tweets simply speak for themselves.