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Rep. Sean Duffy: Trump's Late-Night Tweeting Not 'Very Presidential'

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 06:18 PM

Donald Trump slamming news organizations on Twitter in the early hours of the morning is not "very presidential," Rep. Sean Duffy said Wednesday.

"I don't think that it's very presidential to be up at night tweeting out," the Wisconsin Republican told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. But if he really restructures how he uses Twitter, it can be beneficial for him.

"If he wants to go over the media … and talk directly to the people, he can do that by way of Twitter and push back on stories that he thinks are false."

In a Twitter rant that began around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, President-elect Trump slammed The New York Times for reports saying that his transition team was in turmoil and that he had requested Secret Service clearance for his children.

Duffy, 45, a three-term congressman who backed Trump during the campaign, said that the president-elect should restrict his Twitter use for national-security purposes.

"I do think you have to have some restrictions and guide rails on how you use it," he told Blitzer.

"But to talk about stories that are false on what's actually happening inside the transition team — and he wants to talk directly to the American people without having a press conference, I think that's okay.

"America is changing. Technology is changing," Duffy added.

"And the way that politicians — and Barack Obama was brilliant at this — are using the other sources of media to talk to a wide array of folks all across America, I think is really powerful.

"Donald Trump has shown how effective he is in using Twitter to push back on stories or drive stories or drive the truth through his Twitter feed."

Turning to possible Trump appointments, Duffy said that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani must "sever his ties" to the private sector regardless of the position he may end up taking with the administration.

He hinted at the controversy concerning Hillary Clinton and her family foundation.

"You can't have lines that are blurred," Duffy told Blitzer. "We saw the American people dislike when you blurred lines — whether it's a private foundation and a private business, and the work you're supposed to do for the American people.

"I would expect him to cut those ties," he added. "I'm confident that Rudy Giuliani, however he serves, would serve well on behalf of the American people and only for their best interests."

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