Attorney General Bill Barr remarked in a recent interview with ABC News that Donald Trump’s opinionated social media posts about Justice Department matters don’t make his job any easier — and now, the president himself is conceding as much.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, President Trump defended his use of Twitter, but acknowledged that his posts sometimes “make [Barr’s] job harder,” according to the Daily Caller.
Giving Trump a voice
The president was preparing to leave Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Air Force One for a trip to the West Coast when he stopped to make remarks to the press pool before boarding the plane.
Asked if he remains in support of Barr and agrees that the tweets should be dialed down, Trump said he has “total confidence” in the attorney general, but said of his Twitter use: “Well, people like that.”
“But, you know, everybody has the right to speak their mind,” the president added, according to a transcript of his remarks provided by the White House. “And I use social media. I guess I use it well, because here I am. I’m here. And I probably wouldn’t have gotten here without social media because I certainly don’t get fair press.”
The president went on to say that he uses social media to push back against Democrats’ “hoaxes” and speak directly with the American people.
“So my social media is very powerful,” Trump said. “[Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg just recently said ‘Trump is No. 1 in the world’ on social media, which is a very nice statement, I guess. Certainly, it’s something you can be at least a little bit proud of. But it means I have a voice so I’m able to fight the fake news.”
“Yeah, I do make his job harder”
Later in his talk with reporters, Trump again broached the topic of Barr — specifically, whether the attorney general is indeed considering resigning amid a controversy over a sentencing recommendation for Trump associate Roger Stone, as some reports have alleged. “[The attorney general] said that your comments on Twitter are making it ‘impossible’ to do his job. Are you making his job impossible?” a reporter asked the president.
Trump responded by conceding: “Yeah, I do make his job harder. I do agree with that. I think that’s true.
“But I will say this,” Trump added. “Social media, for me, has been very important because it gives me a voice, because I don’t get that voice in the press. In the media, I don’t get that voice. So I’m allowed to have a voice.”
He went on to call Barr “a very straight shooter” who is “working very hard.”
Take a look at a clip of Trump’s remarks, courtesy of the Daily Caller: