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Trump's tweets: The endearing political innocence of @realDonaldTrump

Daniel Henninger

Rumor has it—rumor being the lingua franca in Washington these days—that the dumping of White House communications director Mike Dubke is the first step in a White House reorganization. The goal is to elevate the administration’s accomplishments, which the president believes, and rightly so, are being smothered in their cribs by a hostile media. 

Against this relentless opposition, the president on Wednesday morning deployed a tweet about his agenda: “Hopefully Republican Senators, good people all, can quickly get together and pass a new (repeal & replace) HEALTHCARE bill. Add saved $’s.”

The Trump presidency is on three parallel tracks: the Trump tweet track, the Trump-Russia track and the Trump policy track. What lies beyond the horizon is either a successful presidency or a train wreck. As always, the choice of which track is in the hands of Engineer Trump.

The Trump presidency is on three parallel tracks: the Trump tweet track, the Trump-Russia track and the Trump policy track. What lies beyond the horizon is either a successful presidency or a train wreck. As always, the choice of which track is in the hands of Engineer Trump.

Despite their often harsh content, I’ve come to discover an endearing political innocence in Mr. Trump’s tweets. Underappreciated by the person behind @realDonaldTrump is how these new media formats have transformed the world of American politics in a way that is beyond the reach of any White House communications staff. 

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Daniel Henninger is the Wonder Land columnist for The Wall Street Journal where he serves as Deputy Editorial Page Editor. Follow him on Twitter @DanHenninger.