Donald Trump Confirms That He May Live-tweet Democratic Debates… After Reading Report that He May Live-tweet Debates

President Donald Trump revealed on Wednesday that he is considering live-tweeting the Democratic debates in the 2020 election race.

However, in what Wall Street Journal White House Reporter Michael Bender branded a "Trumpian twist," the U.S. leader said he had only entertained the idea after reading a report from the newspaper on his plans to do so.

On Tuesday, the Journal had reported that the president was "tentatively planning to live-tweet the debates on June 26-27," with the newspaper citing unnamed insiders familiar with the plan.

By live-tweeting the debates, Trump would secure a place in the discussion and be able to respond to his rivals' attacks in real-time.

Political advisers had warned the Journal that their plans for debate night were "fluid" and that Trump could change his mind before next week's events.

In an interview on Wednesday with Fox News' Sean Hannity, however, Trump denied that he had been considering live-tweeting the debates next Wednesday and Thursday. However, he said that now that he has heard the idea, thanks to the Journal's report, he's not opposed to it.

Asked by Hannity whether he would be live-tweeting the debates, the U.S. leader said: "I wasn't thinking about it, but maybe I will now."

Of the Journal, he said: "Instead of fake news, I'll make them correct news. And that's OK."

While some might put this one down to a "chicken or the egg" scenario, Bender said it was just another "Trumpian twist."

"President Trump tonight on Fox News confirmed our report this week that he may live-tweet the Democratic debates," Bender said in a Twitter statement of his own on Wednesday. "In a Trumpian twist, POTUS says he's considering it only after reading our report that he was planning to live-tweet the debate."

Of the crowded Democratic field, twenty of the announced 2020 contenders have been recognized as being eligible to participate in NBC News' first round of debates, set for June 26 and 27.

Four candidates, however, did not make the cut, with Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam, Massachusetts Representative Seth Moulton and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel not making it into the first debates.

On the first night of the debates, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke are expected to take center stage, while on the second night, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will occupy the center, NBC has said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone via speakerphone with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in the Oval Office of the White House on August 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Trump has said he is considering live-tweeting the upcoming Democratic debates. Win McNamee/Getty
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