It seems no one in the White House can tear President Trump away from Twitter

By Tierney McAfee
February 15, 2018 03:12 PM
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How many staffers does it take to stop President Donald Trump from tweeting? There may not be enough aides in the whole White House.

According to The New York Times, the president’s former chief of staff Reince Priebus spoke to author Chris Whipple for a new chapter in the upcoming paperback edition of The Gatekeepers: How White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.

Reincereportedlytold Whipple that he, First Lady Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and communications director Hope Hicks have all tried to put a stop to the president’s self-destructive Twitter habits to no avail.

“I told him, ‘Some of it’s not helpful, it causes distraction. We can get thrown off our message by tweeting things that aren’t the issues of the day,’ ” Priebus said.

“Everybody tried at different times to cool down the Twitter habit — but no one could do it,” he continued. “Not me, Jared, Ivanka, Hope.”

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Aides hoped the first lady might be able to persuade the president to stay off Twitter after his joint address to Congress last year, but even she couldn’t get through to her husband.

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“After the joint session, we all talked to him and Melania said, ‘No tweeting,’ ” Priebus recalled to Whipple in a portion of the chapter also excerpted in Vanity Fair. “And he said, ‘OK — for the next few days.’ We had many discussions involving this issue. We had meetings in the residence. I couldn’t stop it.”

Trump has come under fire many times for his controversial and often inflammatory tweets about topics ranging from immigration to the media to former rival Hillary Clinton to the Russia investigations.

Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway has previously said there’s no keeping Trump away from Twitter.

“He wants to speak directly to the people. It cuts out the middleman,” the former Trump campaign manager told reporters in June.