President Trump lauded himself for his "well-crafted" tweets despite the negative press he often gets for spelling errors, deleted tweets, and controversial messages.
During an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo that will air Sunday, Trump was asked if some of his unscripted tweets "get in the way of the larger message," citing the frustrations of some of his supporters.
"It is such an interesting question, because I have friends that say, oh, don't use social media," Trump replied. "See I don't call it tweets, tweeting is like a typewriter — when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show. I mean the other day, I put something out, two seconds later I am watching your show, it's up."
Bartiromo acknowledged that newsrooms have become accustomed to staying tuned into Trump's Twitter feed.
"OK, and then, you know they are well-crafted. I was always good student, I am like a person that does well with that kind of thing," Trump replied. "And I doubt I would be here if weren't for social media, to be honest with you. Because there is a fake media out there, I get treated very unfairly by the media."
Trump has faced mockery and media scrutiny over his frequent use of social media.
Though he said that his tweets are "well-crafted," Trump often makes spelling errors in his tweets, prompting him to delete and replace the messages. This has raised ethics concerns. In June, Trump was sued by two groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, in part over his deleted tweets, accusing him of breaking federal law by destroying federal records.
Some of his mistakes have led to memes, and in the case of "covfefe" a new word in many people's vocabularies.
Despite these setbacks, Trump said he believes he has a "tremendous platform" and touted his millions of followers who he can reach directly and unfiltered.
"So when somebody, says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing, bing and I take care of it," he said. "The other way, I would never be get the word out."
Trump also suggested that he may not be president without social media.
"Without social media, I am not sure that would be here talking," he said. "I would probably not be here talking."