Twitter in the Trump Presidency

Madison Popovic, Co-Managing Editor, Sophomore

Words have power, so people have to think before they speak. Donald Trump has utilized Twitter to express his views on certain topics, including the missile predicament between Russia and Syria. The president has impulsively “threatened” Russia in an informal and unwise way by the foreshadowing of future bombing attacks upon Russia. Trump then ordered a missile strike on Syria. The boldness of Trump is often seen as alarming and unsettling. Thus, he should proceed with caution when voicing his views on delicate matters such as these.

Trump’s tweets hurt U.S. foreign policy. Donald Trump tweeted, “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” (sic). Trump hasn’t failed in demonstrating his opinion on Twitter in response to other world issues. Donald Trump tweeted in response to Kim Jong Un, the President of North Korea, saying, “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!” President Trump continuously threatens countries over a public social media site. Why isn’t he doing this in a more formal way? It’s great that Trump desires to defend America. However, he needs to think before speaking and be careful to not aggravate enemies in the process.

Donald Trump’s opinion on certain topics may not be what the masses agree with. As a result, his popularity among people has decreased, with only 23% approving his Twitter usage. I can understand why the American people may have these feelings due to the diction that is utilized by Trump. This staggeringly low statistic should be seen as alarming to everyone. It’s surprising that Donald Trump continuously publishes tweets that are very risky even though the American people don’t respond well to it. Alongside his threats that were released through a tweet to the Russians, Trump has published other tweets that are alarmingly unsettling. There are some people that believe that Trump’s tweets don’t have much effect on society. However, this can’t be further from the truth. Donald Trump has caused problems not just internationally but with the American public.

It is important for Trump to defend America but understand that not everyone responds well to threats made over social media. Eventually, will these tweets lead to more conflict or will Donald Trump filter his remarks? Only time will tell.