Trump explains to Republican leaders his defense of his tweets

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In defense of his controversial Twitter habit, President Trump explained himself to a small group of Republican lawmakers during a private White House dinner Tuesday night.

“He definitely believes that the tweets are an important, valuable tool to be able to get out his message over and through mediums where there might be another narrative that is out there that might be a different perspective than what he is trying to get out on policy or position,” recalled Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who attended the dinner along with Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Todd Young, R-Ind., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla.

Despite the results of a poll released Wednesday that shows 69 percent of voters thinking Trump’s tweets are hurting his own administration, Trump intimated that he is likely to continue using the social media platform as a way to communicate with the American public.

During the dinner, the lawmakers also discussed sanctions against Iran, said Zeldin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, noting that Trump brought up the subject of Twitter on his own.

“He wasn’t on-his-heels defensive,” said Zeldin. “He was talking about it being valuable, the amount of people through social media who are reading what he puts out … and how it gives him an opportunity to get his thoughts out.”

Trump’s personal Twitter account has close to 32 million followers, while his presidential Twitter account has approximately half that number of fans.

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