Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans

Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans
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Marc Short said on Sunday President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE's tweets are an "effective" way for the president to communicate with American people, pushing back on comments from Attorney General William BarrBill BarrNew DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Five federal inmates scheduled for execution before Inauguration Day MORE, who said Trump's tweets about the Justice Department make it "impossible" for him to do his job. 

"The president has been able to communicate directly with American people through social media," Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump set for precedent-breaking lame-duck period Trump pardons Michael Flynn O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' MORE and former White House legislative affairs director, said on CNN's "State on the Union," adding that the American people "love" him for it.

"I think it is a very effective way for him to communicate with American people," Short added. 


Barr's comments, in an ABC News interview last week, followed Trump's tweet calling a sentencing recommendation for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE a "horrible and very unfair situation."

Top Department of Justice officials later sought to reduce the Stone sentencing, leading to the four prosecutors who recommended the original seven to nine years in prison resigning. 

Short on Sunday defended the sentencing reduction, repeating allegations of "bias inside Department of Justice" and saying Barr is "trying to correct" it.

He also said that Barr has "acted independently." 

Trump has faced widespread criticism from Democrats from weighing in on the sentencing. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Governors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight MORE (D-Calif.) called it an abuse of power, and she and other Democrats have called on Barr to resign. 

Barr will appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions on the situation in March.