Twitter diplomacy ups tempo of foreign relations

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In the 48-hours after his festive season break in Florida, Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets on some of the most sensitive issues in diplomacy: accusing U.S. ally Pakistan of “lies and deceit,” warning that his nuclear button is “much bigger and more powerful” than Kim Jong-un’s, and threatening to cut off aid to Palestinians  because they show no “appreciation or respect.”

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!

The concept of Twitter diplomacy isn’t new and dates almost from the beginning of the short messaging service in 2006, but there’s no doubt that the U.S. president has made the medium his own. Whether it’s to criticize opponents, praise his own achievements, or address some of the most sensitive issues which his diplomats might normally address in private and more traditional channels, there’s no restraint on @realDonaldTrump.

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!

Often, after a flurry of inflammatory tweets such as those over the past two days, Trump faces rebukes from media personalities, U.S. allies, and even from supporters who question the impact of the president’s use (The Guardian) of the social media platform.

Christopher Ruddy, a Trump ally and chief executive of Newsmax Media told The Guardian after Trump tweeted out an anti-Muslim video on Nov. 29: “I think it was mistake to send out the anti-Muslim videos. I have personally and publicly encouraged him to do a review process. I think the tweets are hurting him in the polls.”

Trump, however, sees it as a way to bypass media, and a diplomatic and political bureaucracy he mistrusts:  “When somebody says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing, bing and I take care of it. The other way, I would never be [able to] get the word out,” Trump said in an interview last year with Fox Business News, reported in The Independent.

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!

See also Why Trump attacks the New York Times as ‘failing’ when it’s not

The New York Times, with which the president has had a long history of love and hate, has a handy guide to those who’ve been “insulted” in a Tweet from the leader of the free world.

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