Trump’s regrets about Twitter

From today’s Protocol newsletter:

President Trump’s (otherwise relatively boring) interview last week with Barstool Sports CEO Dave Portnoy brought a somewhat unprecedented look into how @realdonaldtrump thinks about Twitter. Here are a few excerpts:

  • On what happens to the account when he leaves office: “Well it’s mine, and I don’t know that I’ll ever use it again, but it certainly was good.”
  • On whether he regrets his tweets: “Often. Too often. It used to be in the old days before this, you’d write a letter and you’d say, ‘This letter is really bad,’ you put it on your desk, and then you go back tomorrow and you say, ‘Oh, I’m glad I didn’t send it.’ But we don’t do that with Twitter.”
  • On getting into trouble with the RT button: “You know what I find? It’s not the tweets, it’s the retweets that get you in trouble … you see something that looks good, and you don’t investigate it, you don’t look at what’s on the helmet.”

Trump spent the weekend tweeting and retweeting all sorts of stuff, proving as always that even though we know tweeting is usually a bad idea, none of us seem able to stop. Even when Twitter starts putting labels on the stuff we say.