United States Senator Ben Sasse acknowledges the aggressive social media presence of the president can cause distractions in Washington.
Sasse says presidents have always attempted to dominate the media cycle ever since television became the dominant media in America.
“And obviously this executive branch and this president are taking a different approach than past presidents have to try to play inside lots and lots of very short-term media cycles,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio News Networks.
Sasse says the emergence of visual media over print media has elevated the status of the presidency with the president becoming the main policy initiator in United States government, supplanting Congress as the primary instigator of policy. He says that is the opposite of what the Constitution envisions in its carefully crafted separation of powers.
President Donald Trump has raised the stakes even higher with his constant social media presence, with Twitter as his preferred platform.
Sasse says his membership on the Armed Services Committee insulates him somewhat as he spends a lot of time behind closed doors in classified briefings which are off-limits to the news media.
But, Sasse says members of Congress simply cannot escape questions on the latest Tweet from President Trump.
“Most of the committees around here and most of the legislature is responsive to whatever the media is asking about and the media is asking about the president’s tweets most of most days right now.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]