NYTimes reporter thinks Trump might tweet sometimes just to see people on TV talk about him
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During a conversation with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, CNN's John Berman was curious about the methodology behind some of the president's tweets.


Berman read President Donald Trump's latest tweet about the media mocking his spelling mistakes or random capitalization.

Haberman explained that the president does have ghost-tweeters who intentionally misspell things or use capitalizations. Trump often dictates his tweets or discusses them with the staff before drafting them.

"Not only did he use the word pour, he probably didn't even write that tweet," Berman said.

"One of the things some of his aides do, they try to ghost-tweet in his voice, and they do funky capitalizing and capitalization and misspellings to try to emulate an authentic style," Haberman explained. "More often than not, these tweets are workshopped in ways that people don't realize. Sometimes they are just him firing something off. But lot of times he'll turn to an aide next to him and he'll talk about a tweet."

She also sad as an aside, "I don't know what prompted this one, you know, other than it became yet another thing where he could watch everyone talking about his tweet on TV. I don't really get the point."

She said that his staff also likes to troll reporters and critics for fact-checking Trump's tweets and spelling errors.

Prior to the Twitter discussion, Berman inquired about the latest news of yet another scandal for EPA chief Scott Pruitt. It's unclear if he'll be fired or if he'll be promoted as he requested.

"Wherever he goes, I hope there's lotion there," Berman said. The comment lingered in momentary silence until Berman explained that one scandal for Pruitt was that he told his secret service to go purchase a special kind of lotion for him.

Watch the full discussion below: