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7 Nov, 2016 10:53

Trump aides take over his Twitter account in final stages of campaign – report

Trump aides take over his Twitter account in final stages of campaign – report

Donald Trump’s assistants have taken control of his Twitter account for the final stages of the campaign, according to a report by the New York Times.


In a report "based on interviews with dozens of aides, operatives, supporters and advisers, many of whom were granted anonymity," the newspaper implies that Trump's Twitter account is now in the hands of his aides, who took control of the last "unfiltered channel for his aggressions."

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks is one of those aides, the report claims, with the paper sharing an example of a recent tweet by the Republican presidential candidate.

“On Thursday, as his plane idled on the tarmac in Miami, Mr. Trump spotted Air Force One outside his window. As he glowered at the larger plane, he told Ms. Hicks, his spokeswoman, to jot down a proposed tweet about President Obama, who was campaigning nearby for Mrs. Clinton.”

After some editing, Hicks published the tweet, the New York Times reported.

President Barack Obama, campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Florida on Sunday, poked fun at the idea of Trump's aides taking over his Twitter.

“Apparently, his campaign has taken away his Twitter. In the last two days, they had so little confidence in his self-control, that they said, ‘We’re just going to take away your Twitter,’” Obama said at a rally in Kissimmee.

“Now, if somebody can’t handle a Twitter account, they can’t handle the nuclear codes,” Obama added.

Trump has been notorious for his Twitter outbursts throughout his campaign, often provoking anger.

Among the biggest scandals was his ‘tweetstorm’ against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, after Hillary Clinton mentioned the 1996 pageant winner in an attack on Trump.