President Donald Trump sat down with Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, at the White House for a wide-ranging interview released on Friday.
The interview covered topics including the president’s use of Twitter, which Trump said he loves “too much sometimes” and occasionally leads to regrets.
“We put it out instantaneously”
Trump has faced repeated criticism for posting largely unfiltered thoughts to his social media audience. Nevertheless, he has heralded the platform as the best way to bypass what he has dubbed a biased mainstream media.
“Do you sometimes — because I follow you on Twitter and I know I do this,” Portnoy said. “Do you ever tweet out and be like — you wake up and, ‘Aw man, I wish I didn’t send that one out’?”
Trump acknowledged that it happens “too often” before noting some of the ways technology has made such regrets more common.
“It used to be in the old days before this, you’d write a letter and you’d say this letter is really bad,” he said. “You put it on your desk and then you go back tomorrow and you say, ‘Oh, I’m glad I didn’t send it,’ right? But we don’t do that with Twitter, right? We put it out instantaneously, we feel great, and then you start getting phone calls — ‘Did you really say this?’ I say, ‘What’s wrong with that?’ and you find out a lot of things.”
In addition to the sometimes negative response to his own thoughts, the president pointed out the perils of sharing other people’s opinions.
“It’s the retweets”
“I have found that almost always it’s the retweets that get you in trouble,” he said.
He again used the recent interview to repeat his belief that access to Twitter is vital for him to bypass the media and reach his supporters directly.
In 2017, he credited social media for his election and had some tough words for those who urged him to stay away from the site.
“You know what I find? The ones [who] don’t want me to [tweet] are the enemies, the people who really don’t like what happened with me and winning the election and all of the things,” Trump said.
While regretting the occasional tweet is natural, the president has been able to find a method of communicating with the American people that seems to have benefited his administration overall.