Tags: Trump Administration | Donald Trump | Andy Card | tweet | government | Twitter

Andy Card to Trump: Don't 'Tweet Every Time the Government Burps'

Fox News' "America's Newsroom"

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 02:30 PM

President-elect Donald Trump's frequent tweets have been an effective way for him to continue to reach out to the people who helped him get to the White House, but he should be careful he does not spend too much time online, former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card warned Wednesday.

"What he cannot do is abuse the time and responsibility that he needs to spend in the Oval Office doing his job," Card, who served under President George W. Bush, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "I don't want the tweeting to become more important than the decisions that have to be made in the Oval Office. There are a lot of things that you cannot tweet about that, you will learn as president."

For example, Trump speaks about getting intelligence briefings, and he should not, as the value of getting such a briefing is it can be challenged, Card said.

"Don't tweet about it," Card said he would advise Trump. "Do it privately, because the intelligence community to do more work to make you feel more comfortable. You don't have to tweet every time the government burps."

In addition, Trump's constant tweets are a challenge for his staff, Card said, as he's "blindsiding people who work for him right now."

For example, when Trump criticized congressional Republicans about their vote Tuesday to gut an independent ethics office, his incoming presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway was on television defending the move.

"You want him to understand how he doesn't like to be blindsided, and the people who work for him shouldn't be," Card said. "If it's a policy decision, he shouldn't tweet it unless it's been fully vetted by the policy experts that he has leaned on to advise him. Once a policy decision is made, talk about it."

House Republicans backed away from the ethics move after Trump's tweets, and Card thinks that is because he caused "a pivot that the speaker wanted. I think Paul Ryan recognized that it was a flawed move by the Republican caucus to do what they did."

Every president has tried to bring pressure on Congress on issues, but others have used radio shows or speeches.

"What I don't want the president to do is think he is a member of Congress," Card said. "He is not. They're separate but equal. He can try to guide them. He should motivate them and lead them and govern them, but he can't be them. So, allow Congress to be Congress."

Eventually, Card said, Trump will come to realize the job of the presidency is bigger than he would have thought.

"The decisions are so tough," Card said. "He has the ability to make relatively easy decisions right now. When he gets in the Oval Office, he should never make an easy decision. He doesn't have time to make an easy decision. Use your time to make the tough decisions."

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
President-elect Donald Trump's frequent tweets have been an effective way for him to continue to reach out to the people who helped him get to the White House, but he should be careful he does not spend too much time online, former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card warned Wednesday.
Andy Card, tweet, government, Twitter
484
2017-30-04
Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 02:30 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved