President Donald Trump has asserted that he will not curb his social media habits regardless of the controversies that his Twitter missives incite. The president's announcement followed a major shakeup of his White House staff.
On Aug. 1, Trump took to Twitter to state that he would not stop tweeting any time soon.
"Only the Fake News Media and Trump enemies want me to stop using Social Media (110 million people)," Trump tweeted out. "Only way for me to get the truth out!"
Trump has 35 million Twitter followers, but the 110-million figure was likely referring to the entire scope of his social media following. The president has an additional 19.7 million Twitter followers on his official government account, roughly 23 million followers on Facebook, and 7.2 million followers on his Instagram account. Cumulatively, the president's social media following still falls 25 million short of his stated figure, according to Newsweek.
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On July 17, an ABC News/Washington Post survey found that 68 percent of national adults believed that Trump's use of Twitter was inappropriate while 65 percent described his social media missives as insulting. A slight majority -- 52 percent -- of respondents said the president's tweets were dangerous, according to ABC News.
On June 29, a Fox News poll found that 71 percent of registered voters believed that Trump's social media habits were hurting his policy agenda while only 17 percent said the tweets were helping. Only 13 percent of respondents approved of Trump's Twitter usage while 46 percent disapproved.
On July 31, Trump fired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci after installing former Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly as his chief of staff. Scaramucci had only served 10 days in the Trump administration before his removal, The Washington Times reports.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Scaramucci was fired "to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build up his own team."
Several Republican lawmakers have urged Trump to refrain from sparking controversy through his tweets. On Aug. 1, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called on the president to be more disciplined in his messaging.
"[Trump] has an obligation to be president for all of us and stop the chaos," Graham told "Today." "Most of the chaos is generated by him and no one else."
On July 11, Trump flatly stated that he would never retire his Twitter account.
"It's my voice," the president told The New York Times. "They want to take away my voice. They're not going to take away my social media."