Tweeter-in-chief: Donald Trump brushes off criticism of his social media use

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Don’t expect President Donald Trump to stop tweeting anytime soon.

After facing criticism for his frank 140-character remarks Monday, Trump claimed Tuesday the mainstream media was trying to push him off social media.

On Monday, Trump accused the Justice Department of watering down an executive order that limited travel from six majority-Muslim countries in a series of tweets.

Those remarks didn’t sit well with both Democrats and Republicans.

Legal experts said his tweets could pose legal hurdles as his lawyers try to convince the Supreme Court to reinstate the revised immigration order. The American Civil Liberties Union, noting that Trump confirmed in his tweets that it was a ban, also tweeted they might use his social media remarks in its argument to the Supreme Court.

While his unfiltered messages helped him reach voters who were tired of politics as usual during the campaign, experts said his outspoken nature on social media could hurt his presidency. His tweets have contradicted the views of his own administration while stirring up more controversy and distraction.

Before his inauguration, political strategists were wondering if the president would dial down his tweeting as he transitioned from campaigning to governing.

But Trump has still been on the defensive. And he noted on Twitter that social media allows him to directly talk to the public without relying on mainstream media outlets.

Photo:  Republican President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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