Donald Trump says he would not be President without Twitter

Donald Trump has defended his use of Twitter and admitted he believes he would not have won the presidency without it.

The US leader said social media was a “tremendous platform” that allowed him to bypass what he claimed was unfair media coverage and speak directly to voters.

Mr Trump regularly uses Twitter to mount vigorous attacks on political opponents, news outlets and people who have criticised him, often sending out posts in early-morning or late-evening flurries.

Even leaders of his own Republican Party have urged him to rein in his Twitter usage and Mr Trump admitted some friends have suggested his use of social media could damage him.

But he said: “I doubt I would be here if it weren’t for social media, to be honest with you.”

In an interview due to air on the Fox Business Network channel, the President added: “Tweeting is like a typewriter – when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show.

“When somebody says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing, bing and I take care of it. The other way, I would never be get the word out.”

His comments come after his rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, condemned his “dangerous” Twitter tirades.

The defeated Democrat told the Graham Norton Show that she “ignores” most of the President’s tweets but added: “The most dangerous thing he does is conduct diplomacy on Twitter. He is trading insults with Kim Jong-un, which is just like catnip for Kim Jong-un.”

Mr Trump’s tweets about North Korea have been widely seen as raising tensions amid the threat of nuclear war. In August he threatened to unleash “fire and fury” upon the secretive nation before last month warning the North Korean regime “won’t be around much longer”, comments Pyongyang interpreted as “a clear declaration of war”.