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Lawyers May Start Vetting Trump's Tweets In Advance

| by Michael Allen

The White House is reportedly considering having President Donald Trump's tweets approved in advance by a team of lawyers.

An adviser to the president told The Wall Street Journal about the possible plan, notes CNBC.

Aides to the president have said that vetting Trump's tweets would be hard to put into practice.

Trump often uses Twitter to get his message out, bypassing the media, but his tweets often leave the White House press office scrambling to try to explain his tweets.

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According to one of Trump's Twitter posts, his "active" presidency means that "it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy."

The notion that lawyers will vet the tweets was analyzed on CNN, notes RawStory.com.

CNN reporter Dana Bash asked how the vetting was going to work:

So, my question is, is one of those lawyers going to take up residence in the White House residence? Because that is the biggest issue for the White House staff when they're tearing their hair out looking at these tweets that don't come from the POTUS account.

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They come from Trump's personal account at odd hours, or at hours when he is watching CNN, which he does do, and other news stations when he's getting worked up about whatever he sees or hears, and also at night. So, that's the biggest problem that they have is sort of in the off hours when he gets himself worked up into a frenzy.

Bianna Golodryga of Yahoo News also weighed in:

It goes down to whether or not the president has signed off on this. His advisors can say here's what we have to do, and give him a list, a laundry list. One of the other things they said was they were going to limit the number of press conferences around him, maybe shuffle up the communications team. Again, all of this goes back to whether or not the president will sign off on this. I don't see the president really handing over this phone. What's going to happen? Are these lawyers coming in at 2:00 a.m. for phone duty?

Phil Mudd, a former CIA staffer, also gave his opinion:

One-hundred and twenty days in, now we’re suggesting things like controlling his tweets. I hope not, actually, because I need Comedy Central, to this issue of whether we shake up the White House staff that there's going to be more control on a president that is 70-years-old and has proven, not for a moment, that he’s maturing from day one. I don’t buy it.

Sources: CNBC, RawStory.com / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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