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 TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE's tweets are an "effective" way for the president to communicate with American people, pushing back on comments from Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAppeals court sides with Trump on federal execution policy Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report Decentralized leadership raises questions about Trump coronavirus response 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 PenceStates battle each other for equipment in supply chain crunch Watch Live: Trump, White House coronavirus task force press briefing The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump gets new press secretary in latest shake-up 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. 

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Barr's comments, in an ABC News interview last week, followed Trump's tweet calling a sentencing recommendation for Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on House Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for 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 PelosiLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Mattis defends Pentagon IG removed by Trump Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash 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.