Last week, we reported that Trump had stopped writing his own tweets using his Android phone. That continued up until the day the House was set to vote on the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. The day after, it appears he could keep his hands off his Samsung Galaxy S3 no longer. Uncensored and perhaps illegally, Trump’s twitter tantrums may be back.
The day the Android phone went silent.
It has been well known for months that there are two authors on the @realDonaldTrump account: those that came from Trump’s own Android phone, while those posted using an iPhone were written by the unknown hands of staffers. Tracking these has been made quite painless by the DidTrumpTweetIt archive, which reports the device used to post each @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS tweet.
Trump’s Android phone stopped sending out tweets the morning of March 8. Here is the last one:
And everything thereafter came from an iPhone, like this one:
Did Congress throw a wrench into Trump’s twitter habit?
The Android phone going silent coincided almost exactly with a bipartisan letter from the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform sent to White House Counsel Don McGahn, explaining that the continual deletion of tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account posed a violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
The speculation was that the threat, coming from his own party, that his twitter habit was breaking the law, was enough to wrestle the Android phone out of his hands.
That letter further requested that the White House respond by March 22 with, in particular, details on how all social media from White House officials would be recorded when they used their own private devices and accounts. We reached out to both authors of the letter, Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings, to see whether the White House submitted those details. So far, neither office has responded (it’s understandable, as they were all busy with the AHCA vote).
17 days later, the Android phone is back to tweeting again.
The repeal and replace vote was pulled on Friday, March 24, because Republicans could not convince their most extreme members to support it. The media exploded with the news that this was the first major defeat for the “great negotiator.” Yet defying all precedent, @realDonaldTrump was silent all the rest of that day. No lashing out. No name calling. No self-promotion or catastrophic predictions or even pushing a T.V. appearance. Silence. Blissful.
Then on Saturday, in an uncharacteristic mid-morning post (most of his tweets come out before 9 AM or after 7 PM), @realDonaldTrump finally responded. As reported by DidTrumpTweetIt, it came from an Android phone.
Three minutes later, he also posted,
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017
He may have his Android phone back in hand because the White House came up with an appropriate way to record all the tweets. Or he might have broken the lock on whatever drawer was storing his phone. Rest assured, we’ll get to the bottom of it.
It didn’t take more than a few minutes for Trump to go back to breaking his own rules
The official @POTUS account says posts written by Trump will be marked “-DJT,” otherwise all others will be written by Director of Social Media, Dan Scavino, Jr. As we first reported here, this rule has been broken repeatedly since the inauguration. For example, there are ten identical tweets from @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump, where the latter came from an Android phone.
Yesterday, @POTUS put out the exact same tweet about ObamaCare exploding, and again, it was not signed “-DJT.”
ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!
— President Trump (@POTUS) March 25, 2017
For life to fully return back to normal, all we need now is another scathing repudiation of Saturday Night Live or the failing New York Times. Or perhaps he’ll go nuclear and spew out how ugly Mark Meadows’ mother is. He is the leader of the Freedom Caucus, which opposed the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare and kept it from having enough votes to pass.
Stay tuned; we’ll keep you informed of any developments as they happen.
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