Trump Isn't Just Tweeting, He Is Prescribing Policy

President Donald Trump has changed the way American voters conceive of and interact with the White House. The starkest example is the continuous stream of tweets that still emanate from his pre-Presidential handle @realDonaldTrump.

Trump has ignored calls from China, the world’s second and rising superpower, to tame his Twitter activity. It went so far as to call out his obsession with the social media platform in an op-ed published in the country’s state-run news outlet.

Further, President Trump, apparently in response to Mexican President Peña Nieto’s TV address to the Mexican people last night, has taken Twiplomacy to the forefront of American diplomatic policy.

The relationship between the two heads of state is souring quickly. Peña Nieto today cancelled his trip to Washington, D.C., planned for next Tuesday, since Trump insists on building the wall and having Mexico pay for it.



In true Trump style, he responded to the threat, which has now come to fruition, on Twitter earlier today: 1/2 “The U.S. has a 60 billion dollar trade deficit with Mexico. It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers...” 2/2 “of jobs and companies lost. If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting.”

Trump’s desire for immediate gratification has one plus: We know what he is thinking and can follow along with his thought process.

While Americans may see this as a welcomed change from the secretive, elite status quo in Washington, there is a serious downside.  Trump’s unconstrained, often ill-informed thoughts could create a serious diplomatic crises -- Nieto’s cancelled trip is a case in point.

Diplomatic negotiations are often conducted in secret — precisely because public policy has real-life consequences for average Americans. Diplomats need to run through potentially unsuitable outcomes before arriving at a consensus. This type of respectful diplomatic relationship has most likely come to an abrupt end with Trump's election.

As Jason Kander, former Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, told Jake Tapper on CNN: “Every tweet, it’s not a tweet anymore -- it’s a policy statement of the United States of America.”

The U.S. is now in uncharted territory — and Americans have to brace themselves for the untethered and inexperienced Twitter President who has the power to ignite conflict with his thumbs.

5 comments about "Trump Isn't Just Tweeting, He Is Prescribing Policy".
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  1. Neil Mahoney from Mahoney/Marketing, January 26, 2017 at 1:38 p.m.

    If you want to better unhderstand Pres. Trump's mind and M/o, read his eaarly book: "The Art of the Deal."  He seldom shoots from the hip. 

  2. charles bachrach from BCCLTD, January 26, 2017 at 2:20 p.m.

    Hopefully, TRUMP will choke on his "tweeter!"  What a useless, classless, selfish piece of SHIT!

  3. Chuck Lantz from, network, January 26, 2017 at 5:43 p.m.

    At it again, Mr. Dixon?  I'll limit this to the "defending child rapists" comment.  Can I assume that you are condemning every attorney who has ever defended an accused child rapist in court, including public defenders and those assigned to the case by judges?  

    Since it appears that you are doing so, may I ask what your alternative plan would be?  According to what you wrote, the only plausible alternative would be to find those accused of such crimes automatically guilty as charged, and punished accordingly.  Think of all the time and paperwork that would save. 

    Can we count on you to bring the rope?  

  4. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited replied, January 26, 2017 at 6:41 p.m.

    He didn't write the book.

  5. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, January 27, 2017 at 12:54 p.m.

    Wow, the discussion turns ugly when someone chums the water.

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