Donald Trump said that he doesn’t like tweeting but this is the only way to to counteract bad press coverage, CNBC reported.
“I don’t like tweeting,” the president-elect told Fox News’s Fox & Friends program. “I have other things I could be doing.”
“But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract,” Trump told Fox.
The president-elect recently made a Twitter attack on John Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia who says Trump is an illegitimate president. The civil-rights icon said that he would boycott an inauguration for the first time in protest. Later it was reported that the Georgia congressman didn’t attend President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001.
“Like, for instance, when John Lewis said, you know, he’s never done it before where he skipped an inauguration. Well, he has. It turned out to be a lie. So I’m able to say that,” Trump said.
In addition, Trump said that he was close to 50 million followers across his social media accounts. The president-elect said that he might control tweeting if he got more fair coverage.
“So when people misrepresent me, because the press is very dishonest, unbelievably dishonest, and when people misrepresent me, … I have at least a way of saying it’s a false statement. Now if the press were honest — which it’s not — I would absolutely not use Twitter. I wouldn’t have to,” Trump said.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll reveals that 69 percent of U.S. adults say Trump’s tweeting is a bad idea. They believe that the president-elect’s rapid-fire messages “can have unintended major implications without careful review.”
Trump to Get Second Twitter Account
Trump is set to take oath as the 45th president of the United States on Friday.
A report from Recode suggests that Trump will not only inherit loads of power and responsibility, but will also get a second Twitter account.
The White House created an official Twitter account, @POTUS, for the president of the United States. On Friday, @POTUS will change hands from Barack Obama’s team to Trump’s administration on Friday, according to the report.