Trump's aides hosted an 'intervention' to try to tone down his Twitter use

Business Insider | May 20, 2017, 08.51AM IST

U.S. President Donald Trump looks over at Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (L) during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 18, 2017.  REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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President Donald Trump's aides grew so alarmed by the barrage of inflammatory tweets coming from Trump that they organized an "intervention," one official said to The Wall Street Journal.

Hosted several weeks ago, the discussion was reportedly meant to encourage Trump to exercise more restraint on the social media platform, which has gotten Trump into trouble in the past - more recently when he openly accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign.

Aides warned Trump his tweets could "paint him into a corner" potentially compromising him both politically and legally.

The accounts mirror ongoing worries about Trump's tendency to go off-script in social situations in light of the state of turmoil surrounding the White House after 10 days of bombshell headlines. Many aides have said that they felt "besieged" and feared for their own futures, according to The New York Times.

Aides were also said to be afraid of leaving Trump alone in meetings given his propensity for off-the-cuff remarks. Such an incident made waves on Monday when it was reported that Trump disclosed classified intelligence about ISIS that was obtained from a key US ally. Trump allegedly shared the information - which was deemed so sensitive, it was held close to the vest within the US - with two Russian diplomats during a meeting in the Oval Office last week.

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