Just a few weeks ago, North Korea claimed that President Trump had declared war on Twitter. Although the tweet does not legally stand as a declaration of war, the situation led many to wonder how much control President Trump should have over his Twitter feed.
Since the campaign trail, Trump’s Twitter account has been a point of controversy for many Americans. Although Trump is not the first president to utilize Twitter, his online presence has become the driving force of much of the news cycle. Trump can often be seen contradicting White House official statements and displaying his “true” feelings on issues via Twitter. While some believe that Trump’s Twitter feed gives him a transparency that is not normally available to presidents, many see Trump’s Twitter use as a danger to the United States.
Those who encourage Trump to utilize Twitter to its fullest potential believe that frequent and honest social media use by the president is a good thing for an open democracy. As President Trump himself has noted, Twitter allows him to communicate his side of every story—something many Americans like. Ultimately, Trump’s Twitter feed allows him to openly communicate with Americans without other government officials “getting in the way.”
Those who view Trump’s Twitter usage as a problem believe that too much unfiltered tweeting is leading to conflict within the country and causing the media to place too much of a focus on the president’s tweets. Additionally, Trump’s credibility among United States citizens and people around the world is jeopardized when he tweets unsubstantiated claims and false information. Many Americans believe Trump’s personal Twitter use is a national security risk and they point to the North Korea tweets as an example.
What do you think? Should President Trump have access to his personal Twitter account while in office?