Trump to "dial-back" on use of Twitter

President Trump's new communications director has planned a "rethink" of his communications strategy

Trump to "dial-back" on use of Twitter

President Donald Trump speaks during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford 22-07-2017. Image: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Donald Trump will "dial back" on posting provocative tweets, his new director of communications has suggested.

Anthony Scaramucci, who joined the US President's team last week, wants a "reset" in relations between the White House and the media.

He defended the President's "crystal essence" of colourful tweets, saying: "If he thinks it's helpful to him, let him do it.

"We're going to defend him very, very aggressively when there's nonsensical stuff being said about him."

But Mr Scaramucci added later on CNN: "He will probably dial back some of those tweets."

The latest addition to the White House team has admitted deleting tweets from before his appointment - some of which were at odds with Mr Trump's positions.

One tweet praised the woman Mr Trump beat to the White House, Hillary Clinton - but Mr Scaramucci said it was "a total distraction" to focus on views he had previously expressed.

"When I made the decision to take this job, my politics and my political ideas do not matter at all," he said.

"What matters is that I am supporting, subordinating all of that to the President's agenda."

Mr Scaramucci's appointment was announced on Friday, prompting White House press secretary Sean Spicer to resign.

The polished television commentator and Harvard graduate said he would spearhead a "rethink" of communication from the Trump administration.

Mr Scaramucci first endorsed Scott Walker, then Jeb Bush, before joining Mr Trump's campaign team after the first two dropped out of the Republican nominee race in 2016.