The Kremlin views the tweets sent by President Donald Trump as official statements, spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally briefed on them.
“Moscow considers all statements made on his official Twitter account to be official, so reports are presented to President Putin about them, as well as about official statements that politicians make in other countries,” Peskov was quoted as saying by the state-owned Tass news agency.
“Trump’s Twitter feed is a gold mine for every foreign intelligence agency,” Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst, wrote for The Washington Post in June. “The president’s unfiltered thoughts are available night and day, broadcast to his 32.7 million Twitter followers immediately and without much obvious mediation by diplomats, strategists or handlers.”
Peskov declined to tell reporters what the Kremlin thought of Trump’s tweets. “I do not think I have the right to comment on President Trump’s actions. It would be a wrong thing to do,” the Kremlin spokesman said.
“Putin does not have a Twitter account,” Peskov added. “He explained earlier that he did not have a wish to do that and he did not consider it possible for someone else to do it for him, including members of his press service and other departments of the Kremlin administration.”
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