May 27, 2017

Trump's impending Twitter timeout

Evan Vucci / AP

Nugget in a Wall Street Journal front-pager about Trump's coming staff shakeup (by Michael Bender and Peter Nicholas):

"One major change under consideration would see the president's social media posts vetted by a team of lawyers ... The idea, said one of Mr. Trump's advisers, is to create a system so that tweets 'don't go from the president's mind out to the universe.'"

  • Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign aide: ""I would be shocked if he would agree to that."
  • Memo to the folks who are plotting this: This has been tried before. Ask the inner circle from the transition.
  • West Wing sources tell me a more likely scenario is for Marc Kasowitz, the lawyer leading Trump's outside Russia defense, might convince him he absolutely has to vet tweets relating to Russia.
  • Be smart: Good luck with that, sir.
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