Trump campaign staffers reveal how they tried to keep him off Twitter

It's no secret that President Trump enjoys Twitter. This was true well before his presidency and his campaign as well. As he entered the political sphere, he never saw the need to lessen this Twitter usage.

Trump tweeted so much on the campaign trail, in fact, that campaign staffers made attempts to stop him. Six former officials spoke to Politico about how they "cracked the code" to keep him away from the app. Staffers apparently would show Trump positive news about himself -- and would turn to pro-Trump outlets to write some if they couldn't find any.

Former communications director Sam Nunberg told Politico, "If candidate Trump was upset about unfair coverage, it was productive to show him that he was getting fair coverage from outlets that were persuadable."

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This was somewhat easy to do as Trump does not read news online; he opts for reading newspapers. The staff could control what print news was put on his desk. Trump, however, also is a big consumer of cable news -- which was harder to control.

Trump had a habit of turning to Twitter when he saw negative news about himself. In times like those, campaign officials would go to pro-Trump news sources like Breitbart, Washington Examiner, Infowars and the Daily Caller to show him positive coverage according to former communications director Jason Miller.

"He saw there was activity, so he didn't feel like he had to respond," Miller said. "He sends out these tweets when he feels like people aren't responding enough for him."