Huckabee Sanders: ‘Trump Can Easily Run the Country Between Tweets’

Huckabee Sanders

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Trump “has no problem” tending to the country’s needs in the “several hours a day” when he’s not tweeting and in fact on most days has plenty of spare time to read briefing papers. “I don’t know how many hours a day Barack Obama worked, but I doubt he worked harder or more effectively than President Trump during the many, many hours he’s not tweeting,” Sanders said at a briefing today.

The White House released a log that shows President Trump spends about three hours a day “on serious matters of critical importance to the United States,” with an additional two to three hours a day on what is described as “media analyses and assessments.”

When asked what media analyses and assessments refers to, Sanders said it’s making sure the stories on the president are not fake news. “As you can imagine, since so much of what passes as news today is fake, or even fraudulent, the president must spend a lot of time analyzing the news,” she said. “It’s sad.”

Good use of time?


Sanders said many of the president’s tweets are the result of his efforts to ensure accuracy in the news coverage of him, and she pointed to his retweeting of a video in which he’s shown beating up CNN outside a wrestling ring as a good example of that. “Would the president rather spend his time ensuring the security of America?” Sanders asked. “Of course. But the amount of fake news on him unfortunately requires a lot of his attention.”

Even so, she added, the president “can easily run the country between tweets” because “he has a very good brain, a very smart brain.”

Trump’s ability to do both will be tested when an international crisis hits, which could be soon given North Korea’s recent successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, said Dale Stevens, professor of media and the presidency at Columbia University. “Even if President Trump just tweets while he’s sitting on the toilet, that’s valuable time that he should be devoting to thinking about world affairs,” he said.

Bill Campbell, a former security advisor to President George W. Bush, defended Trump’s tweets by pointing out how well they’ve been weaponized by the president. “Look, Kim Jong-un has intercontinental ballistic missiles,” he said. “But Trump has his Android phone. It’s really no contest. If I were Kim Jong-un, I would be very, very worried.”

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