Today, in the middle of a truly impressive example of “tweeting through it,” President Trump sent out—possibly from the toilet—the following message: “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???” (Three question marks indicate just how good an idea this is.)
He was following up on an earlier tweet, in which he suggested that his “surrogates” don’t always get everything right because he’s “a very active President with lots of things happening.”
A little while later, Anthony Noto, Twitter’s COO, fired off the following reply:
This follows the classic rule of business: Always Be Hustlin’ To Our Inept And Horrible President For Your Shit Platform, Even If He’s Suggesting A Troubling Erosion Of A Vital Free Press.
Unfortunately, the replies do not seem to concur; it’s too early to tell what The Ratio will be.
This isn’t Noto’s first bad Trump opinion, either. In February, in an interview with CNBC, Noto proudly said Trump had been good for Twitter, claiming:
We love that he is using the platform. He’s built greater awareness to the platform and the power of the platform.” He specifically said it is “great for us” when Trump tweets, because it allows them “to show what’s happening in the world, better than anyone else.
Thank you, President Trump, for once again building The Power Of The Platform, because really, isn’t that what government is all about? We’ve reached out to Twitter for its thoughts, and we’ll update if we hear back.
Update 1:15pm: Noto has apologized “4 confusion” caused by his tweet: