A Split-Personality White House

Trump's tweets distract, but do they hinder his White House?

“Imagine how much closer to normal this administration would be in the absence of Twitter,” I pondered, also on Twitter, following a weekend consumed by a frenzy of activity resulting from President Donald Trump’s tweeted accusation that Barack Obama wanted his communications surveilled. The stream of self-righteous replies from incensed Trump skeptics and liberals over the very notion that this administration could ever be construed as “normal” made my point. The president’s preferred social media venue is one that rewards instant gratification and emotive preening. This is a form of art that Trump has perfected, but is it an impediment to running a successful White House? That is far from certain.

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A Split-Personality White House

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