Arkansas congressmen cool on Trump's tweets


WASHINGTON -- Several members of the all-Republican Arkansas congressional delegation would like to see President Donald Trump tone down or scale back his Twitter pronouncements.

The New York Republican is moving the nation in the right direction, they say, but his social media posts are sometimes counterproductive.

"I think one of the great strengths of the president is he says what's on his mind. People like that. [But] it's also one of his greatest weaknesses," U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Rogers said Thursday. "And, I think, many people throughout America would not mind if the tweeting was less."

One tweet can instantly shake up a news cycle.

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A presidential tweet attacking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Thursday morning spawned headlines and raised questions about the White House's stand on legislation reauthorizing the program.

Trump's tweets were posted shortly before the House voted, 256-164, to extend the program.

In a 7:33 a.m. EST post, Trump said the no-warrant surveillance law may have been used to "badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign."

But in a follow-up tweet at 9:14 a.m. EST, the president said the problem had been fixed since he took office "and today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart!"

Shortly thereafter, the House of Representatives approved the measure. All four congressmen from Arkansas voted for reauthorization. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Not all of Trump's tweets are policy related.

On Saturday, he described himself on Twitter as a "very stable genius."

On Thursday, he touched on immigration, the economy, drugs, Russia, Wal-Mart pay raises and the woman he calls "Crooked Hillary" -- former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump "loves to express himself on Twitter on all topics," U.S. Rep. French Hill of Little Rock said Tuesday. "I don't share his affinity for the use of Twitter from a volume point of view."

When done properly, tweets can help to advance a political agenda, the lawmaker said.

"I think it's important when you use any form of communication, TV, print or social media, that you stay on message and that you enhance the policies that you're pushing," Hill said. "I would urge him to work to stay on message when he uses Twitter."

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro called Trump's tweets "a double-edged sword."

"In some cases he's saying things that need to be said, trying to bust through a media establishment that is absolutely 100 percent against him," he said Wednesday.

But the messages also can backfire, Crawford said.

If Trump alters his style a bit, it might "be more productive for those of us here in the trenches who are trying to do the heavy lifting," he added.

When it comes to tweets, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of Rogers would prefer a more deliberative approach.

"Many of those messages, I would wish they were vetted with key players on his staff prior to hitting the send button. But this is the style of our president and I think our country will adjust to it," Womack said Thursday.

One year after taking office, Trump is still learning how to govern, Womack said.

"I think he's going to get better at it and frankly we need to give him the time and the space to be able to make those adjustments so he can be all that he can be as president," he said. "So far, I give him high marks for what he's been able to accomplish for our country."

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle said Trump's tweets can be an effective communication tool.

"Frequently he's used Twitter to very good effect," he said Wednesday.

When Trump tweeted support for Iranian protesters earlier this year, "I thought that was an outstanding use of Twitter to signal to the world that this president supports the oppressed peoples of Iran in resisting their regime," Cotton said.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs tunes out much of the Twitter-related hubbub.

"I really don't pay much attention to what he's tweeting," he said Wednesday. "As one who doesn't tweet a lot, I think I would prefer that he tweet less, but I'm not him. It seems to work for him."

The Twitter account doesn't seem to be an impediment to progress, Westerman said.

"I can't say that it's hurt so far. I mean, we've got a lot of stuff accomplished," he said.

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RBear says...

Trump's tweets have been one of the biggest problems of this administration. Some people think it's acceptable with the reasoning that he's speaking from the voice of the people. That's actually a bad thing for a number of reasons. A) that is not my voice nor that of the majority of the country and to play that card shows ignorance of our Republic, and B) in many cases those tweets create conflicting messaging to not only the American public, but to the world. It shows how unstable the man really is.
It's time for Trump to actually act like a president and quit trying to score points with the white trailer park trash crew. After the profanity expressed in the meeting yesterday, Trump is not my president and an embarrassment to the office.

Posted 12 January 2018, 6:47 a.m. Suggest removal

WGT says...

Trump must go. Republicans must go. Vote. Vote them out.

Posted 12 January 2018, 7:07 a.m. Suggest removal

PopulistMom says...


Go one more step than vote. Organize. Join your local democratic party now. Register people to vote. Make plans to help this summer and next fall. Fight, fight, fight....

Posted 12 January 2018, 7:47 a.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

If the congressmen think Trump is moving the nation in the right direction, they like him are lost as well. They are a gutless bunch of azz kissers that need to be replaced as they like him have no morals or pride in this country!

Posted 12 January 2018, 7:50 a.m. Suggest removal

BoudinMan says...

It is amazing, but not surprising, to see the silence on the part of the repubs on trump's vile statement yesterday re: s-hole countries. Only a brave few have made a comment in the negative. It was reported that Boy Wonder, Cotton, was in the meeting. No word from the ADG's favorite son yet.

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:19 a.m. Suggest removal

BoudinMan says...

In other news from the bizarro world known also as the trump presidency, Dear Leader will not be making his scheduled trip to London as planned. Is it because of the negative press he's been getting there lately? Is it because the mayor of London said trump would not be welcomed there? No. It's because of, well, Obama. Folks, you cannot make this stuff up.

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:24 a.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

BM, he said it was because the former embassy had been sold too cheaply by Obama. LOL! That was done before Obama was sworn in. The POTUS is a nut case, as is some of his supporters!

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:34 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

BM just read that. One of the stupidest reasons I’ve seen by the idiot president lately. This guy honestly doesn’t have a clue how to be a world leader. He was a lousy businessman who had to be bailed out several times and now he’s as bad or worse a world leader. Then you have his supportive demographic who couldn’t think their way out of a barrel.

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:37 a.m. Suggest removal

chauhan says...

Arkansas congressional men cool on trump tweets,
.... are you serious. What a bunch of boot licking coward morons.

Posted 12 January 2018, 9:50 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

(1st post by RBear).............."trying to score points with the white trailer park trash crew"

Were you equally upset when Barack HUSSEIN Obama tried constantly to " score points" with the Black ghetto " crew" ?

He stuck his nose into ongoing criminal investigations and even claimed a young thug as his hypothetical son.

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:17 a.m. Suggest removal

RevHog1 says...

No comment from the future, anointed and being groomed Republican candidate for POTUS? Lay low, 'bro....don't get involved in this (right). Yet, "you" were sitting in the meeting - and - made no position taking; not for America's history; not for "diversity" America; not for human decency. Well, guess it has nothing to do with money - so, what the heck? Right....

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:18 a.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

Ooooh. HUSSEIN!!! Booga booga!

What a racist.

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:22 a.m. Suggest removal

rubythecat96gmailcom says...

strange isn't it that the American public, media, school boards, etc can openly discuss transgender bathroom possibilities and gay men not getting the wedding cake of their choice but have a president of the most powerful county in the world.say the obvious is just so darn shocking. heaven forbid sounds like the talking heads and liberals have turned into a bunch of sissy old biddies. I appreciate someone who shoots straight. and not some limp wrist- politically correct ding bat that is only worried about how he sounds. adults only? when did we quit calling a spade a spade ?

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:25 a.m. Suggest removal

3WorldState1 says...

For eight years all the Repubs screamed about was lack of leadership. Talk about a failure to lead. 99.9% of republicans have had their testicles removed. Spineless losers scared of a racist old man. Pathetic.

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:34 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

ARMNAR...........I point out Obama's Muslim name.

Strange you think Muslim is a race.

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:39 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Ruby, obviously racist comments.

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:42 a.m. Suggest removal

PopulistMom says...

rubythecat wants to take down the Statue of Liberty. Actually, some of the people coming from third world countries are well educated and tech savvy. My son' french tutor is from the Congo and speaks 6 languages. The tennis pro at our country club is from Ghana. I run into doctors, nurses, and high tech people who are from some of these third world countries. Racists just love to stereotype people by the color of their skin. Shame on you rubythecat.

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:43 a.m. Suggest removal

BigA says...

Great editorial... wait, this is in the fake news page. I guess I should ignore this.

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:44 a.m. Suggest removal

PM1118 says...

When “saying what you think” deteriorates to vulgarities, racism, and lies.....it violates the civility of conversation. Again and again, he insults foreign leaders, tries to abridge freedom of speech, denigrates honest members of Congress, and denies saying things, even when there is confirmed evidence that he did. He destroys trust, and has embarrassed this great country while encouraging divisiveness and hate. There is no way he or our congressional delegation can term him successful and accomplished.....unless they are as dumb as Trump is. Hmmm...

Posted 12 January 2018, 10:54 a.m. Suggest removal

3WorldState1 says...

PM - The Trump supporters would call that being Presidential. These are the people that see their county as the entire world. Small minded individuals. Either poorly educated or racist. And many times both.

Posted 12 January 2018, 11:50 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

President Trump's crude description of a country was accurate in describing Somalia.
The US sends troops to provide humanitarian aid and soldiers get killed and bodies dragged down the street.

Then Muslim refugees flock to the US instead of trying to defend their country and try to demand factories set their break schedules according to Muslim prayer times.

Also, many instances of Muslim clerics recruiting young Muslim men to go over and train in terrorist camps.

Posted 12 January 2018, 11:51 a.m. Suggest removal

3WorldState1 says...

You are certainly entitled to your self righteous, racists views. And I can certainly see why you are excited to have the same as your President.

Posted 12 January 2018, noon Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

3Worldstate..............what I posted was facts ( not opinions)

You are free to debate any of those FACTS that I posted.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:11 p.m. Suggest removal

btwice says...

GeneralMac - Generalizations are not facts.

And typing that I just realized your screen name is apropos.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:20 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

GM, you are probably one of the most racist ones in here and your recent OPINION is further proof of that. You probably have never really met or befriended a Muslim so why don't you just admit everything you say is opinion or taken from second-hand unvalidated statements.
BTW, bombing civilians with drones is not providing humanitarian aid. Oh, and that SINGLE incident of a service member being dragged was NOT a humanitarian aid mission.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:30 p.m. Suggest removal

Wowy says...

Hahaha, LOVE TRUMP, love his tweets, can't wait to get up and see how he poked his Cheetos crusted little finger in the eye of the dimwits!! Trump has been given to us real Americans by Almighty God so, it's little wonder that when his Orange Light shines, the dimwitted, Christian hating, gay loving communists BURN and start digging at their waded panties. All they can do then is hollar "racist, racist" . So, get ready trans- girls, the Orange God-man and his great Orange glow will last a thousand years. Burn baby burn, hahaha!!!

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:33 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

RBear..........everything in my post about Somalia and Muslims was fact.

Just because it did not happen in Arkansas does not make it fiction.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:35 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

RBear......" bombing civilians with drones "

I am referring to Black Hawk down which happened in 1993 ( early in President Clinton's FIRST term )

Not any drones being used against Muslims in Somalia back then.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:43 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

btwice...........my posting name comes from being a historian of WWII and thinking of the great generals.

WWII was the last big war we won because our country was determined to fight until TOTAL victory was achieved.

We have had no problem with Japan or Germany in over 72 years.

Posted 12 January 2018, 12:58 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

GM, OMFG. 1993 and you try to create relevance to today? I guess we should verbally attack the British for their acts during the Revolutionary War based on your logic. You're so out of touch with current reality it's almost embarrassing.
BTW, where did Trump mention Somalia? Did I miss something?

Posted 12 January 2018, 1 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

RBear.............Somalia is no better today than it was then ( maybe worse)
His description of sxxx country fit the Muslim country of Somalia to a T.

Many of the Muslims being recruited in Muslim mosques to become terrorists happened in Minneapolis MN which has a large Somali Muslim community.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:08 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

i post FACTS.

Many here do not want to hear FACTS.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:09 p.m. Suggest removal

lkec2re says...

Well, they all look to turn our state and others themselves, nothing needed from any party there.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:16 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

It's pretty entertaining watching all this fake outrage from bedwetting libs. Where was their outrage when Joe Biden and Kirsten Gillibrand were dropping F bombs right and left or the most vile language imaginable was flowing over the lips of feminist leaders like Rosie O and Madonna? Most entertaining of all is we are now learning they've all once again got their pink momma panties in a wad (male and female libs alike) over FAKE NEWS!
According to Jake Tapper the anonymous sources conflated comments made during two separate and distinct discussions and created a narrative essentially from thin air. President Trump may have used the term "sh*thole" but not in the context described by the anonymous sources. Textbook definition of FAKE NEWS.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:43 p.m. Suggest removal

B2R says...

trump is a disgusting pig. CONservatives are afraid to stand up to the bully.
the gop has become a rich white communist loving racist party, makin' amerika white again.

Posted 12 January 2018, 1:45 p.m. Suggest removal

memaw2 says...

Arkansans - do we really want this obscene man in our White House? I'm tired of people, especially Republicans, making excuses for this man's behavior. All of you who are supposed to represent the fine people who elected you, ought to stand up and tell us the truth about this hideous unprincipled insane man.

Posted 12 January 2018, 2:05 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

No GM, most of what you post is OPINION. Many here do not want to hear your OPINION.
Pack, already refuted your Tapper claims in another article. Here is Tapper's tweet on the matter you are trying to conflate, "Then in a separate part of the conversation when they were referencing the diversity visa lottery, President Trump referred to people coming from Africa as coming from “sh*thole countries.”
That is not two separate and distinct conversations. It's another part of the SAME conversation. Sorry, but you have such a hard time keeping facts straight.

Posted 12 January 2018, 2:25 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

RBear............( regarding your opinions) when was the minimum wage ever a living age?

Posted 12 January 2018, 3:30 p.m. Suggest removal

DerbiRider says...

Cotton's starry eyes somehow keep his ears from working. Perhaps Ranger Tom needs to have a medical checkup also.

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:16 p.m. Suggest removal

gohog2018 says...

RBear, Trump NEVER was YOUR president, don't act so offended. Phony nonsense that no one really believes.

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:18 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

GM, it was decades ago but Republicans have blocked raising it to keep up with prices and costs. For all their “concern” for the American people they rarely really care.
Gohogs, that’s the problem. He should be my president but his behavior is deplorable and your acceptance is even more deplorable.

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:40 p.m. Suggest removal

gohog2018 says...

Rbear, being as dense as you are, let me assist you in clarifying something. I NEVER want to be associated with any of your feckless opinions or your advice re any subject. Glad I could help such a desperate individual.

Posted 12 January 2018, 4:53 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Gohogs, get a life and learn to contribute to society. As it is now, you’re pretty much a no-op and just ride the coattails of others with your underachieving comments.

Posted 12 January 2018, 5:02 p.m. Suggest removal

gohog2018 says...

Rbear, ditto to you.

Posted 12 January 2018, 8:32 p.m. Suggest removal

carpenterretired says...

Catch 22 for Arkansas congressmen (and the boys in the turnip truck) is Trump's cloud of evil as it has been said that those that ignore evil are accomplices to evil.

Posted 12 January 2018, 9:03 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

." it was decades ago "

A very vague answer from RBear.

I can assure you that you can go back 5 decades and the minimum wage still wasn't a living wage.

It never was meant to be.

Posted 12 January 2018, 9:05 p.m. Suggest removal

PopulistMom says...


I agree that the minimum wage was not meant to be a living wage. I do favor modest increases though. More importantly, I favor better schools and more aid to college students. It is too expensive for poor and middle class kids to go to college, and too many public schools in this nation are subpar.

Posted 13 January 2018, 8:28 a.m. Suggest removal

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