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Analyzing President Donald Trump's Twitter

Published: Feb. 16, 2017 at 12:48 PM EST
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From the election to the moments after he took the oath. President Donald Trump has been tweeting.

"I think one thing people were forecasting was whether or not President Trump would continue his Twitter usage after he was elected," said Dr. Stuart Brotman at the University of Tennessee. Brotman is a Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and also Beaman Professor of Communication and Information.

Twitter has become the President's form of communication for anything from family matters, to foreign policy, to topics of contention.

"He is as active on Twitter now than he was during the election and is doing this directly. Obviously he has aids during the day, but whenever he wants to tweet he either tells someone or puts it directly into his phone," said Brotman.

Brotman said it's a sign of the times.

"Every generation needs new ways to communicate. We saw Roosevelt use radio JFK used television ...these are the media we are using today."

But he said some of what President Trump is tweeting is causing concerns.

"Certainly there is concern in the foreign policy that those sorts of tweets may cause problems down the road," said Brotman.

"When a tweet goes out that goes out, other countries might not understand what that means it might be brief."

Brotman says the Secret Service provides a secured device for President Trump to use. He believes Trump's audience on Twitter isn't necessarily the people who voted for him.

"Ironically a lot of the people he's communicating with are not necessarily his base. He's really communicating to reporters who then tweet out about what he tweeted about."

Brotman believes this may be a stepping point for more politicians to follow Trump's lead.

"This was the social media election. Not only was it the election, but it launched what I think politicians will communicate with constituents, with the public and more critically with reporters."