Trump Shouts His Tweets, Young Ladies Type Them

And more on the candidate's Twitter strategy
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2016 4:30 AM CDT

Curious about the source of Donald Trump's generally much-talked-about tweets? Wonder no more. CNN is this week hosting town halls with the 2016 candidates and their families, and the Trumps were up Tuesday night. Donald, Melania, Eric, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Tiffany turned out for the occasion, and the talk turned to Twitter. Anderson Cooper asked if Trump composed all his own tweets (and there have been roughly 31,600 of them). "I would say yes," said Trump, other than occasions when "we release some information." Trump explained that during office hours, most tweets initially take the form of shouts. "During the day, [when] I'm in the office, I'll just shout it out to one of the young ladies. ... But during the evenings, after 7 o'clock or so, I will always do it by myself."

So would there be shouting from the Oval Office? Less, per Trump, who says he would use Twitter "very little" as president. As for what his family thinks of his Twitter use, Mediaite notes the kids laughed when first asked if they "monitor your dad’s social media?" Son Eric says "it kind of makes him the person ... the great candidate that he is." Wife Melania has mostly washed her hands of it all. "I say, OK, do whatever you want. He's an adult. He knows the consequences." The AP notes Cooper asked if she ever attempted to get him to put down the phone. "Anderson, if he would only listen. I do say it many times," Melania explained, noting son Barron, 10, isn't allowed on Twitter. (More Election 2016 stories.)

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