More than 20 million people follow Donald Trump’s Twitter account, but the U.S. president-elect seems to consider social media an annoyance.
In an interview aired Wednesday by US broadcaster Fox News, Trump was asked if he would continue tweeting after being sworn into office Friday. He has tweeted more that 34,300 times from his account.
“Yeah, look, I don’t like tweeting,” Trump said.
“I have other things I could be doing but I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract.”
On Tuesday, Trump had re-tweeted a picture of the latest Golf Digest magazine, with himself on the cover with the title “Golfer in Chief,” apparently deeming it real news.
Trump tweeted early Wednesday that the Fox News interview was airing and told followers: “Enjoy!”
In the next six hours, he tweeted six more times, including an attack on broadcaster NBC News as “FAKE NEWS” for doubting that corporate announcements of new hiring were “because of me!”
The Manhattan real estate tycoon then sent out a quote about himself from The Wall Street Journal, insulted NBC again and praised a country music band.
He then tweeted a photo of himself sitting with a notepad at a desk, next to a statuette of a bald eagle at his Florida mansion:
“Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago. Looking forward to Friday. #Inauguration.”