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Tags: President Donald Trump | Twitter | intervention | White House aides | President Barack Obama | surveillance

Report: Trump Aides Held 'Intervention' Over Twitter Use

Report: Trump Aides Held 'Intervention' Over Twitter Use
(AP)

By    |   Saturday, 20 May 2017 09:25 AM EDT

Aides to President Donald Trump reportedly held an "intervention" to persuade the president to curb his use of Twitter, The Hill reported Saturday.

Fearing his unfiltered tweets would "paint him in a corner" both politically and legally, a report published Friday in The Wall Street Journal said White House officials worried particularly about incendiary claims the president has made on Twitter, such as an unsubstantiated accusation in March alleging former President Barack Obama surveilled Trump Tower in 2016.

At the time, White House officials defended Trump's claim against Obama and suggested the president was speaking more broadly about the surveillance activities of his predecessor. After he was elected, Trump suggested he would use more moderation with his Twitter activities.

"I'm going to do very restrained. If I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained," Trump told CBS' "60 Minutes" in November.

The intervention took place several weeks ago, according to White House officials, who had begun to fear for their own futures in light of criticism Trump has received for his Twitter comments, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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Aides to President Donald Trump reportedly held an "intervention" to persuade the president to curb his use of Twitter, The Hill reported Saturday.Fearing his unfiltered tweets would "paint him in a corner" both politically and legally, a report published Friday in The Wall...
President Donald Trump, Twitter, intervention, White House aides, President Barack Obama, surveillance
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