Twitter watch: @NayibBukele
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President-elect Nayib Bukele was a social media candidate for office with legions of followers on Twitter and Facebook. Now that he is preparing to take office, Bukele has continued to use Twitter as his primary method of communicating with the country. You can always check out what he has to say @NayibBukele.
After Donald Trump (perhaps the most infamous presidential Twitter user) announced on Twitter and elsewhere that he was cutting off more than $500 million in US aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, Bukele's response in a tweet was muted:
Sobre el anuncio del Presidente @realDonaldTrump de suspender la ayuda a El Salvador, esperamos que esta se reanude e incluso incremente al entrar el nuevo Gobierno.— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) March 31, 2019
Hasta ahora, todos nuestros proyectos han sido acompañados y hay mucho entusiasmo por el cambio en nuestro país.
Regarding the announcement of President @realDonaldTrump to suspend aid to El Salvador, we hope that it will resume and even increase on the entrance of our new Government. So far, all of our projects have been accompanied [by the US] and there is a lot of enthusiasm for the change in our country.
But Bukele did have a little fun trolling Fox & Friends after they ran a story on the aid cut with a caption that aid was being cut to "3 Mexican countries." Bukele tweeted a picture of himself with Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador:
The Presidents of 2 mexican countries #FoxandFriends pic.twitter.com/n4P8YbGaDS— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) April 1, 2019
And despite the rhetoric coming from the US president, Bukele and US Ambassador Jean Manes have a mutual admiration society proceeding on Twitter. Not surprisingly, Bukele retweeted this tweet from the ambassador:
La gira del presidente electo fue un éxito total. El presidente electo estaba enviando las señales de que desea priorizar la relación con Estados Unidos y nosotros estamos dando esa misma señal que queremos reavivar y fortalecer la relación bilateral.— Jean Manes (@USAmbSV) March 29, 2019
The tour of the president elect was a total success. The president elect was sending signals that he wishes to prioritize the relationship with the United States and we are giving the same signal that we want to revive and strengthen the bilateral relation.
Some of Bukele's more acerbic comments have been directed at the FMLN:
Una manzana le costó al FMLN, la Presidencia, el Gobierno, 20 alcaldías, diputados, más de un millón de votos y su existencia como partido político relevante.— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) March 29, 2019
Ahora, probamos que esa manzana ni siquiera existió.
Gracias a Dios. Por todo.
An apple cost the FMLN the presidency, the government, 20 mayor's offices, deputies, more than a million votes and its existence as a relevant political party.
Now we are proving this apple never even existed.
Thanks to God. For everything.
El pacto ARENA-FMLN cruza líneas ideológicas, desacuerdos históricos y 100,000 vidas humanas, porque está cimentado en la protección de sus corruptos.— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) March 26, 2019
Juntos controlarán dos poderes del Estado, aún después del 1 de junio.
Sus seguidores deberían empezar a cambiar sus himnos.
The ARENA-FMLN pact crosses ideological lines, historic disagreements, and 100,000 human lives because it is founded on the protection of the crooked. Together they will still control two branches of the government, even after June 1. Their followers ought to begin to change their anthems.
Ya en serio, ¿cuántas veces tiene Hugo Martínez que decir que NO quiere un trabajo en el Gobierno, para que le ofrezcamos uno?— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) April 2, 2019
Seriously -- how many times does Hugo Martinez have to say that he does not want a job in the government so that we offer him one?
Bukele's twitter feed is also carrying on a running dispute with Norman Quijano, president of the National Assembly, over the location and content of Bukele's inauguration ceremony (which now appears settled for Plaza Barrios in the renovated historic center of San Salvador) and also carries the typical pictures of meetings with ambassadors and representatives of international financial institutions.
Bukele has also been tweeting on policy questions being debated in the National Assembly, supporting pensions for teachers, soldiers and police, opposing private interests on a governing water authority, and opposing a proposed new amnesty law.
He has tweeted about foreign policy issues such as the China relationship:
China comete un grave error al invitar, en esta coyuntura, a los diputados a visitar su país en un viaje oficial.— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) April 1, 2019
Las decisiones de política exterior las toma el Presidente y esta movida diplomática solo demuestra su desconocimiento de cómo funciona nuestro país.
China makes a serious mistake by inviting, at this juncture, the deputies to visit their country on an official trip. Foreign policy decisions are made by the President and this diplomatic move only demonstrates their ignorance of how our country works.
And as noted in an earlier post, Bukele has gone as far on Twitter as to demand that the National Civilian Police release student protesters within two hours or face future proceedings after June 1.
The tweets of the president-elect often feel like he is still on the campaign trail. Bukele clearly intends to use social media to rally pressure against obstacles he will face in the National Assembly and elsewhere in the government. You can assume that we will be quoting many more tweets in the weeks and months to come.