Washington (CNBS) – A White House staffer, at their own initiative, changed a presidential tweet to prevent Donald Trump from embarrassing himself.
Over a weekend clouded by the dismissal of assistant Rob Porter, based on accusations of domestic abuse, Donald Trump composed a sympathetic tweet and posted it. CNBS News sources say a staffer saw the post, deleted it, and prepared a new tweet.
The staffer’s version of the tweet then appeared at 7:33 a.m. February 10 saying:
“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
However, CNBS News has acquired the original tweet that the President posted before it was quickly removed by the staffer, which read:
“One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, from there to here, from here to there, accusations everywhere. some are false, some are true, some are old, some are new.”
CNBS’s source said at the time he was composing his tweet, Mr. Trump was sitting with a number of Dr. Seuss children’s book.
“Dr. Seuss (author Theodore Geisel) is a favourite author of the president’s and ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish’ is a big favourite with him, that and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’,” the source said adding, “I’ve heard him in the Oval Office reading these books out loud. Sometimes he gets on a roll and reads beyond half a page!”
Uncontrolled tweeting by the president has, for the year of the Trump administration, caused considerable angst among White House staff. When he was appointed, Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly was expected to rein-in Mr. Trump’s tweeting. So far, if Gen. Kelly has made any efforts, he has been singularly unsuccessful. The president continues to tweet with gay abandon.
The aide responsible for changing the tweet is said to remain on the White House staff although the individual remains anonymous.
White House communication officials, speaking on background, said they were relieved by the revision. “The original version cuts too close to home. The president does not read the President’s Daily (intelligence) Brief, even the pop-up version, but he reads Dr. Seuss semi-religiously,” the official said.
A communications office colleague noted most presidents have a copy of The Bible by their bed. “Mr. Trump keeps a little black book with telephone numbers with stars by each entry, along with a copy of ‘The Cat In the Hat’.”