Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Grassley offers Trump tips on his tweets: show them to your wife first

Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) had unsolicited advice Tuesday for President Trump about his provocative tweets: show them to his wife first.

Grassley, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, participated in an event called "Washington Post Live", during which he advocated for the adoption of a bipartisan criminal justice bill supported by the president.

The conversation focused on whether Trump was doing enough to promote the measure, including on his Twitter account. Post reporter Robert Costa noted that Trump tweeted much more about his disdain for the investigation by special advocate Robert S. Mueller III than about his support for criminal justice legislation .

"Listen, the president could solve all his problems if he just showed the tweet to his wife before hitting the send button," Grassley said.

"We could not all," agreed the Senate whip, Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Who played alongside Grassley during the event.

The first lady, Melania Trump, runs a child protection initiative called Be Best, which aims to combat cyberbullying.

Grassley is among lawmakers, including many Republicans, who have publicly stated that Trump would be better served by tweeting less.

On Monday, Trump sparked controversy with several tweets related to Mueller's investigation into a possible coordination between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.

In one of them, Trump recommended that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who cooperates with Mueller, be sentenced to a prison term. In another, Trump congratulated a partner, Roger Stone, for not agreeing to testify against him. The tweets have resulted in charges of manipulating witnesses by several renowned lawyers.


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