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Both of these statements can't be true.

Not to mention, even though Trump refrained from tweeting during the hearing, his tweets were still mentioned a number of times, and one of his tweets played a key role in Comey's testimony.

With that in mind, a software developer in Missouri has created a new bot that transforms Trump's unhinged social media rants into the official statements they are.

It recently came to light that almost half of Trump's 32 million Twitter followers aren't real people but fake egg-bots that the president may have bought to bolster his image.

JULIE DAVIS: They are the statements that are the most in Trump's voice of anything we get from this White House. Trump frequently blocks users who tweet messages at him that are mocking or adversarial. Fifty-one percent said he uses Twitter too much, up from just 37 percent in December.

A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows the vast majority of voters, 69 percent, say Trump uses Twitter too much.

"Though the architects of the Constitution surely didn't contemplate presidential Twitter accounts, they understood that the president must not be allowed to banish views from public discourse simply because he finds them objectionable". However, the nuances at the end, there will be a certain filter they go through when they become official policy. There seems to be no ultimate consensus on their significance: Reporters have generally covered them as words from the president of the United States and as a new phenomenon in presidential communication, while Conway and Ryan have suggested they aren't worth discussing overall.

"I think it's that it's the dissonance", Neiss said.

"I think we've made it clear with respect to that that the courts should follow the law", he said.

So. Um. Here's the thing.

SEAN SPICER: Well, the president is the president of the United States, so they're considered official statements by the president of the United States.

"Blocking users from your Twitter account violates the First Amendment".

In its effort to regain control of its message, the White House has curtailed press briefings, redirected questions on the Russian Federation investigation to an outside lawyer and planned a major infrastructure policy rollout for this week. He did it from his personal Twitter account with the handle @RealDonaldTrump about five hours before a White House press release.

It's official - the president's tweets, that is. The best way to keep the message coming out of the White House consistent is to stop - or drastically curtail - Trump's tweeting. "We are winners and we are going to fight". Which is good for journalism and bad for Trump's White House staff.

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