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Trump will hold a live Twitter forum in Saudi Arabia. What could go wrong?

"Eh, maybe not" face.

Uh, so, okay: This is real.

President Donald Trump is going to take part in a live Twitter forum when he visits Saudi Arabia on Friday, according to National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

Here’s video from a Tuesday briefing that proves this is more than an idea:

So the plan appears to be that young people in Saudi Arabia will have some kind of dialogue with the president, and the youngsters can live-tweet whatever the president says.

And now, an incomplete, ongoing list of questions, in no particular order:

– Someone approved this?

– Someone with enough influence in the White House woke up one morning and thought: "What if we get a bunch of teenager-ish people to live-tweet the president’s remarks—off the cuff, no less— and then, let’s do that in a predominantly Muslim country during the president’s first trip outside the U.S.?"

– And then, someone else considered that idea, and approved it?

– And now, it’s happening?

– The same week we learned Trump reportedly revealed classified information to Russian government officials just because, and without knowing where the information came from?

– Did anyone think Trump’s reception among young people in Saudi Arabia wouldn’t be so great, given Trump’s many disparaging remarks about Islam and his very arguably unconstitutional actions against Muslims?

– Do folks in the White House think he won’t get any questions about Islam at all?

– Maybe the questions are pre-screened?

– But Trump veers off-script so much it doesn’t matter if the questions are pre-screened?

I’m not alone in my confusion.

I’m sorry, Trump is taking part in a live Twitter forum in Saudi Arabia? Who. Who thought this was a solid plan.

— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) May 16, 2017

A Trump "twitter forum" in the Middle East. What could go wrong?

— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) May 16, 2017

Donald Trump is doing a "Twitter-forum" where young people will be able to "tweet his remarks to people all over the world."



Your big takeaway: This has been planned, and it’s an actual thing, and one that’s going to happen.