GOP Sen: Trump 'needs to understand' effect of firing people on Twitter

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonJuan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents Partisan headwinds threaten Capitol riot commission MORE (R-Wis.) says President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE "needs to understand the effect" that firing top administration officials via Twitter has on recruiting new members of his Cabinet.

In an interview set to air Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Johnson said he personally would not have taken to social media to dismiss top advisers.

"It's not the way I'd do it," Johnson said. "I think the president does need to understand the effect it has on attracting other people."


Johnson's comments came after Trump announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he had tapped White House physician Ronny Jackson to replace David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinBiden's nominee for VA secretary isn't a veteran — does it matter? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress slogs toward COVID-19 relief, omnibus deal A crisis that unites veterans MORE as his Veterans Affairs secretary.

Shulkin's ouster was the third dismissal of a top Trump administration official in a matter of three weeks.

Trump abruptly fired Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonLawmakers to roll out legislation reorganizing State cyber office New State Department cyber bureau stirs opposition Blinken tells State Department staff 'I have your back' MORE on the social media site on March 13, and announced he would nominate CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoChina plays the Trump card, but Biden is not buying it Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Green New Deal's 3 billion ton problem: sourcing technology metals MORE to replace him. 

That was followed nine days later by the president's announcement, also on Twitter, that he had chosen former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser.