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New White House Press Secretary Says He Doesn't Tame Trump's Tweets

But incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer did say he checks Trump's Twitter feed often because it frequently "drives the news."

New White House Press Secretary Says He Doesn't Tame Trump's Tweets
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It looks like Donald Trump's seemingly unpredictable Twitter account is just that.

"Do you know what the president-elect is going to tweet before he tweets it?" asked former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

"I do not," said incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

"You don't get them ahead of time?" asked David Axelrod, former chief strategist for Barack Obama.

"No. ... Every once in a while, he'll say, 'Hey, I'm about to tweet this,' but he drives the train on this," Spicer said.

Spicer revealed what it's like to be the mouthpiece for one of history's most unpredictable candidates.

Axelrod asked Spicer, "When you wake up in the morning do you look with a certain sense of dread?" 

"No, but I do look there first," Spicer responded, "because that's what's going to drive the news."

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 Axelrod said, "The things you say can send armies marching and markets tumbling."

"He's a very strategic thinker," Spicer replied. "... I think there's this misconception that he's just randomly tweeting."

Spicer also had some major concerns with journalists and what he called a lack of accuracy. He said Trump has a right to say what he thinks but that journalists have a different responsibility.

"If you're a responsible journalist, it's your job to get it right, to understand the facts," Spicer said.

"Isn't that the job of the POTUS, too?" Axelrod responded.

"He has a right to express himself on Twitter and tell you what his opinion is and tell you what he thinks needs to be done," Spicer said.