This piece first appeared in The Wall Street Journal.
WASHINGTON—A former senior White House aide described both the excitement and frustrations of working for a president who often writes his own tweets, recalling how Donald Trump would upend the national conversation with a 140-character message that aides hadn’t always vetted.
Michael Dubke, who left the communications director job in May, said of his three months in the West Wing that “you’re always looking over both shoulders”—at what the news media was saying and what Mr. Trump was saying.
“And that’s what made it a job that was both thrilling and difficult at the same time,” he said.
Speaking at the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown University’s McCourt School, Mr. Dubke suggested that aides on occasion were as surprised by Mr. Trump’s tweets as anyone else.
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