As a government shutdown loomed in Congress Thursday evening, CNN’s Jim Acosta dropped a bombshell from a senior White House official: that President Donald Trump’s aides are considering whether the president can “issue a tweet” to show the government is not shutting down.
Senior admin official: WH staffers have been examining idea that Trump could issue a tweet late Friday night to say he will sign CR and that would be a signal the government is not shutting down.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 19, 2018
While they watched with bated breath as the reconciled spending bill passed the House and moved to the Senate, Twitter had a field day with the claim.
“Well that’s cool,” Reuters correspondent Amanda Becker tweeted, “but he really has no control over this, especially at this point.”
Well that's cool but he really has no control over this, especially at this point, even if he doesn't know it yet. https://t.co/uJxXQyD4F9
— Amanda Becker (@AmandaBecker) January 19, 2018
“This is a foolproof plan,” the Center for American Progress’ Joseph Spiro responded.
Read the best responses below.
If I am understanding this, the President's staff thinks that if the government shuts down, the president can just pretend it's open over Twitter to mislead his followers and everything will be fine? https://t.co/bEQNTjpKt7
— Tara Golshan (@taragolshan) January 19, 2018
— liz donohue (@lizfdonohue) January 19, 2018
Ah, yes. Just as the framers intended. https://t.co/RTHWE8Kyrc
— Jeffrey Young (@JeffYoung) January 19, 2018
— Welcome Back Trotter (@TarotDarrow) January 19, 2018
The goal for Trump is to leave DC for Florida tomorrow without looking like as if he’s in dereliction of duty.
Not sure a tweet would accomplish that. https://t.co/SJq36hG1tb
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) January 19, 2018
I'm having trouble understanding how this is not just utter gobbledygook. If the Senate has the votes to pass the House version, then he can just sign the bill–no tweet needed. If it doesn't then no tweet is going to prevent a shutdown. https://t.co/h7vgqogXUU
— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) January 19, 2018
Or he may say "You're fired!"
More seriously, these folks need to be thinking of the legal ramifications of giving this kind of significance to a presidential tweet. https://t.co/fp72tQMaG9
— Cheryl Rofer (@CherylRofer) January 19, 2018
What the hell does this even mean https://t.co/aPAxdteN7u
— EmIpsaLoquitur (@EmIpsaLoquitur) January 19, 2018
This isn't how this works. This isn't how any of this works. https://t.co/lq6KcFY0lZ
— Hunter (@HunterDK) January 19, 2018
WTF does it say that this administration is wondering HOW, not IF they should govern via Twitter? https://t.co/1PmGJemxPd
— Cassandra Carr 🌊🇺🇸 (@Cassandra_Carr) January 19, 2018
I'm so glad legislative negotiations hinge on late night tweeting. It's not like this is important or anything. https://t.co/tJHLJMX3qN
— ce (@ceili) January 19, 2018
this…is not how that works. does he not understand the fundamentals of the constitution? https://t.co/CkrAZdrWqL
— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) January 19, 2018
They should read up on the Antideficiency Act. https://t.co/GAYheAtN1i
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) January 19, 2018