Twitter is the main media of communication for the President-elect, but according to Silicon Valley angel investor Jason Calacanis, his behavior on the micro-blogging platform is “insane.” On Wednesday, Calacanis told CNBC’s Squawk Alley, “I would say we’re starting to see exactly how disastrous the Trump presidency can be.”
Trump on Twitter is disastrous
On Tuesday night, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that his intelligence briefing had been delayed to Friday. He even tweeted the comments of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange regarding the hacking of Democratic email accounts during the U.S. elections campaign. According to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Trump has further expressed a healthy skepticism about the U.S. intelligence conclusions.
Calacanis said the demeanor of the President-elect towards intelligence reports is quite worrisome. The tech investor added that forming opinions and then spewing them on Twitter at 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. without even thinking about them or collecting information is “idiotic.”
“Let’s not sit here and try to normalize what Trump is doing. This is insane behavior,” he said.
The episode on Wednesday could be an indication of things to come for Trump as President, and the Silicon Valley angel investor saw nothing that would suggest something different. According to Calacanis, tweeting first and then getting intelligence is possibly the worst strategy one could have when dealing with cyber-attacks.
After the discussion on CNBC, the tech investor took to Twitter to continue the discussion, saying that Trump’s taking Putin’s side and WikiLeaks’ side while attacking the FBI, the NSA, the CIA, etc. is bizarre, dangerous & idiotic.
Chinese media want Trump to be quiet
Apart from Calacanis, Chinese media also have something to say about Trump’s Twitter comments. On Monday, Trump took a jab at China for not helping with North Korea. However, state news media and Chinese officials want Trump to know that their leaders prefer doing diplomacy the traditional way, with “muffled in platitudes” and behind closed doors, reports The New York Times.
On Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua’s headline, read, “An obsession with ‘Twitter foreign policy’ is undesirable.” The news agency has more or less asked Trump to be quiet. The article, which was published after Trump’s most recent comments on China, said everyone recognizes the common sense that foreign policy is not child’s play, “and even less is it like doing business deals.” The article went on to say that Twitter should not become an instrument of foreign policy.