@realDonaldTrump is reinventing the way POTUS communicates

Wed, 2017-05-03

By Jessica Suriano

President Donald Trump is rewriting the book on how presidents engage with the American people. Twitter, has replaced the White House Press Corps, and experts can’t agree if Trump’s social media obsession advances or impedes the creation of important conversations.

Jane Calderwood, director of congressional programs at the National Institute for Civil Discourse, said Trump’s personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has sparked intense debate for sometimes being inflammatory.

“There seems to be a weird fascination with what he’ll say next,” Calderwood said.

Calderwood said she believes Trump’s personal Twitter account has not helped him expand the conversation of his policy, in part because Twitter’s allotment of 140 characters per tweet makes it near impossible to explain complicated policy positions.