Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump is — practically — nowhere on Twitter right now.
In the last 48 hours, Trump has sent four tweets and retweeted one other thing. That’s it. By comparison, Trump sent 10 tweets and retweeted four different tweets in the previous two days.
And, it’s not simply the volume of tweets that represents a good marked change of late for Trump. It is the sort of things he’s tweeting.
Listed below are the three tweets Trump has sent over the last 48 hours:
1. ” Yesterday, I was thrilled to come to be with thus many WONDERFUL good friends, in Utah’s MAGNIFICENT Capitol.
It had been my honor to sign two Presidential Proclamations that will modify the national monuments designations of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante …”
Yesterday, I was thrilled to come to be with so many WONDERFUL friends, in Utah’s MAGNIFICENT Capitol.
It had been my honor to sign two Presidential Proclamations that will modify the national monuments designations of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante…https://t.co/jiTHcPovCi pic.twitter.com/dIpdAUVoRB – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2017
Trump as well retweeted something from his own social media director Dan Scavino — linking to a video tutorial of “border wall prototypes” being built
Time lapse video tutorial of the border wall prototypes, when they were being built-in San Diego. Next period underway: testing and analysis period. #BuildTheWall #MAGA🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/c3nk6X0QBl – Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) December 6, 2017
That quintet of tweets/retweets are — dare I say it! — the sort of stuff you could imagine President Barack Obama tweeting. Hey, I made a policy announcement in Utah! I am coming to Pensacola! And among the major insurance policy proposals I made through the campaign is proceeding!
Normal is weird in terms of Trump. Specifically when working with Twitter, where Trump’s willingness to paint WAY outside the lines of normal presidential behavior is normally in its fullest bloom.
What is going on?
Short answer: We have no idea. But, we do have some clues.
Trump’s Twitter feed was at the center of a massive controversy on Saturday when this tweet posted : “I had to fire Standard Flynn since he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He possesses pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his activities during the changeover were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
Trump had never mentioned that he knew Flynn lied to the FBI when he made a decision to terminate his national secureness adviser. And, if he do know Flynn experienced lied to the FBI in regards the Russia investigation, Trump’s decision to talk to then FBI Director James Comey to look for a way to forget about the Flynn investigation begins to look very, very fishy.
Sensing real peril pertaining to the President, John Dowd, the President’s personal lawyer, came out to say he previously actually created the tweet and that it was simply a bungled attempt to paraphrase White Property lawyer Ty Cobb’s statement about Flynn’s guilty plea the day before. (Cobb’s affirmation, it’s worth noting, explained nothing in what Trump knew about Flynn’s statements to the FBI.) That is all just one single big misunderstanding!
Then in Sunday, Trump sent a flurry of tweets savaging the FBI and the Justice Division. “After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and even more), working the FBI, its status is in Tatters – most detrimental in History!,” read one . “But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.”
Those tweets drew severe rebukes from many who viewed those type of attacks from a sitting President as way out of bounds.
And then nothing. Or little or nothing written in the classic Trump tone of voice (and odd capitalization) since Mon morning.
Could Trump possibly come to be cowed by the uproar over the tweet allegedly compiled by Dowd? Or, finally, come to be hearing his legal counsel’s information that tweeting about a continuing specialized counsel investigation is a very bad move?
Color me skeptical.
Trump has never been one to pay attention to other folks. Or restrain his herbal instincts. And, if he has done either of those issues, he hasn’t carried out them for long.
I’ve long thought of Trump’s Twitter feed as a dynamic volcano. It might not erupt each day. But if it generally does not erupt on any offered day, that doesn’t mean there isn’t any whole lot of liquid scorching magma streaming around and pressure accumulating. It’s going to erupt. The only concern is pinpointing accurately when.
Never fear in that case: The Donald Trump you’ve come to know, love, hate or love/hate will return. And likely soon. But, the current lacuna — given Trump’s established Twitter habits — is, without question, odd.