US POLITICS

Trump Might Not Bring His Twitter Tirades To The White House

The president-elect said he'll be "very restrained" in his use of Twitter after he's inaugurated

US POLITICS
Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Delaware, Ohio on October 20. — REUTERS
Nov 13, 2016 at 10:20 AM ET

There’s at least one thing Democrats can look forward to when President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated on January 20: He could stop using his Twitter account. Trump told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that he’s “going to be very restrained, if I use it at all,” after he is inaugurated.

That would mark a significant shift from the presidential campaign, in which Trump used Twitter to attack “Crooked Hillary,” make dozens of promises about what he’d do if elected, and decry just about anyone who spoke ill of him to his many millions of followers.

More One Place Trump Was Always Leading Clinton? Social Media

Speaking to “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl, Trump said he finds Twitter “tremendous.” He said his social media accounts were more powerful than than his opponents’ use of resources for traditional methods of advertising. “Social media has more power than the money they spent, and I think maybe to a certain extent, I proved that,” he added.

The president-elect began his presidential campaign with fewer than three million Twitter followers, and he now has more than 14 million. Trump’s use of the platform was markedly different from Hillary Clinton’s, and it indicated he had a better chance of being elected than polls suggested, Vocativ reported.

The full “60 Minutes” episode, featuring Trump’s first wide-ranging post-election interview, will air on Sunday night.