President Donald Trump uses Twitter to break news, feud with critics and even conduct diplomacy. It can be hard to keep up with the prolific 45th president — so we’re keeping track of @realDonaldTrump’s latest noteworthy tweets.
They include his attacks on his nemesis, former FBI Director James Comey, a Trumpian pitch on Tax Day and his statement that he would have fired Robert Mueller if he wanted to.
With Newsday staff and The Associated Press
‘Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week’
Trump confirmed the top-secret meeting between the CIA director and North Korean leader in this tweet on April 18, 2018, but his time reference is off. Mike Pompeo visited North Korea over Easter weekend, The Washington Post reported — so a few weeks before Trump’s tweet.
Comey ‘was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation’
This tweet on April 18, 2018, contradicts what Trump told NBC News last May, when he said that “this Russia thing” (which he deemed “a made-up story”) was on his mind when he decided to fire James Comey.
‘They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is’
‘Employment is up, Taxes are DOWN. Enjoy!’
A succinct Trumpian pitch on April 17, 2018 — Tax Day.
Trump says Comey should go to jail
Trump tweeted five broadsides against his nemesis Comey on April 15, 2018, including these where he says the former FBI director should go to jail, and claims that Comey “wanted a job” from Hillary Clinton. Comey was serving a 10-year term as the bureau’s director at the time.
In a tweet not shown here, he wrote, “I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies. His “memos” are self serving and FAKE!” Comey says that Trump asked him for his personal loyalty in a one-on-one dinner at the White House soon after the president took office.
In the final post, Trump tried out a new moniker — “Slippery James Comey” — saying he “will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Comey’s first interview since his firing aired on ABC that night, in which he called Trump “morally unfit to be president.”
‘Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!’
Trump’s declaration of “Mission Accomplished!” in U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria with this tweet on April 14, 2018, recalled the last Republican president, George W. Bush. He famously stood in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner on an aircraft carrier in May 2003 as he declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq. That turned out to be very premature, as the war continued for many years, with the banner becoming a symbol of U.S. misjudgments and mistakes in the conflict. For his part, Bush disavowed any connection with the “Mission Accomplished” message in October 2003.
‘McCabe was totally controlled by Comey – McCabe is Comey!!’
‘It was my great honor to fire James Comey!’
President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017. The first news reports on the contents of Comey’s memoir “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” — which has scathing characterizations of Trump — came out on April 12, 2018. Like clockwork, the president fired back on Twitter the next morning.
Trump on ‘historically cooperative, disciplined approach’ to Mueller
Trump indicated that he would stay the course with the Mueller investigation with this tweet on April 12, 2018 — a much calmer approach than he took earlier in the week.
‘If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December … I would have fired him’
‘Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man’
Trump gives a heads-up on missiles to Syria: ‘Get ready Russia’
The 45th president covered an incredible amount of ground in these Russia-focused tweets over the span of a few hours on the morning of April 11, 2018. The main headline was his quote to “Get ready Russia” for missiles headed to Syria. But his statement that the United States’ relationship with Russia is worse than ever, including during the Cold War, was perhaps more eye-catching. So too was his question: “Stop the arms race?”
Trump hedged on his Syria plans the very next day, tweeting, “Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!”
Trump ‘Very thankful’ for Xi’s kind words, enlightenment
‘Attorney–client privilege is dead!’
Trump tweeted these messages on April 10, 2018, on the morning after federal investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan raided the office, home and hotel room of his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen’s own attorney said the move was partly based on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump called Mueller’s Russia investigation “an attack on our country in a true sense,” responding on camera as he met with the nation’s top military brass in the White House on April 9. He has called the Mueller probe of Russia’s election meddling a witch hunt many times.
‘President Xi and I will always be friends …’
This declaration on April 8, 2018, was made amid an intense trade conflict between the two powers.
‘Rent was about market rate, travel expenses OK’
Trump staunchly defended his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, amid burgeoning scandals on April 7, 2018 — including his high security costs, and an unusual arrangement in which he rented a Capitol Hill condominium tied to a fossil fuels lobbyist for $50 a night. The president’s backing came with a White House review of Pruitt’s ethical conduct underway.
‘Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building)’
Trump posted this tweet about a fire at his eponymous New York City tower on April 7, 2018, shortly after it was initially reported as under control — and before the news that a resident died in the blaze.
President Trump copy edits The Washington Post
Trump casually denigrates ‘Cheatin’ Obama’
This April 3, 2018, tweet is notable for the casual way the 45th president denigrates the 44th as “Cheatin’ Obama.”
‘A whole big wasted procedure must take place’
‘NO MORE DACA DEAL!’
Trump began Easter Sunday morning on Twitter in a positive way. That changed an hour and a half later, as he seemingly closed the door on a deal for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A deal wasn’t close. His statement, “These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA,” in reference to the caravan of migrants making their way through Mexico toward the United States, is chronologically impossible, as DACA recipients must have lived continuously in the U.S. since 2007 to be eligible for the program and protected from deportation.
‘I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service …’
And with that, Trump fired another member of his Cabinet, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. His choice to replace him: White House doctor and Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who has served as the physician to the president since 2013. Chief of Staff John Kelly informed Shulkin of his dismissal before Trump made the announcement, a White House official said.
Trump: ‘Good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity’
‘We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!’
In a fact-check/civics lesson, The Associated Press was compelled to point out that “the Supreme Court, while shaped by political changes, is the unelected branch of government that can’t be held by any party.”
McMaster ‘has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend’
And with that, Trump made another change to his team of key advisers, naming former UN Ambassador and noted war hawk John Bolton as his third national security adviser on March 22, 2018.
Trump: Biden ‘would go down fast and hard, crying all the way’
Trump responded forcefully two days after former Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd in Miami, “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him” for disrespecting women. The Democrat cited Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” tape comments from 2005 as he made his remark at a University of Miami rally against sexual assault on March 20, 2018, with the Republican firing back on the morning of March 22.
‘I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him’ on victory
Trump asks why Mueller team has ‘Zero Republicans?’
Special counsel Robert Mueller is a Republican. This tweet and another earlier that weekend were the first times Trump directly named Mueller on Twitter, leading some Republican lawmakers to pre-emptively call for the special counsel to remain in place.
McCabe’s firing ‘A great day for Democracy’
The president commented a few hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, two days before his retirement date. Sessions did so on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials and before an inspector general’s report on McCabe — who fired back that the move “is part of this administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation, which continue to this day.”
‘Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!’
And with that, Trump fired the secretary of state on March 13, 2018. Track notable departures from the Trump White House and administration here.
‘There is no Chaos, only great Energy!’
‘There is no Chaos, only great Energy!’
‘Our jobs and wealth are being given to other countries …’
This Trump tweet is notable because it brings together several of his key themes.
Trump on when ‘trade wars are good, and easy to win’
Trump served up a novel approach to trade wars on Twitter on March 2, 2018, the morning after he announced his administration would be putting into place big tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The European Union promised to retaliate against American exports if Trump follows through. “Make no mistake: If the President goes through with this, it will kill American jobs — that’s what every trade war ultimately does,” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) responded in a statement. “So much losing.”
Trump calls Sessions move ‘DISGRACEFUL!’
Trump turned up the heat yet again on Attorney General Jeff Sessions in this tweet on Feb. 28, 2018. But this time Sessions pushed back, saying his department had taken the appropriate step, and insisting he would “continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor.” Side note: Contrary to Trump’s framing, lawyers from the inspector general’s office are part of the Department of Justice and can and often do refer matters for prosecution.
‘Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly’
Trump is right that he didn’t say the exact words “give teachers guns” at a White House listening session on school shootings on Feb. 21, 2018 – but he did raise the idea of arming some teachers and coaches with concealed guns. He made the comments as he met with students, families and school administrators affected by school shootings, including six students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting one week before.
‘They are laughing their asses off in Moscow’
‘The results of the election were not impacted’
‘No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school’
Trump says Democrats ‘decided not to do anything about DACA’ before it existed
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was introduced through executive action by President Barack Obama in 2012.
Trump on what ‘Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands’ after ‘humiliating defeat’
‘Big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown’
Trump celebrated on Monday night, Jan. 22, 2018, as he and Republicans emerged as the winners of a standoff with Democrats after a three-day, partial government shutdown.
Trump: My language ‘was tough, but this was not the language used’
The president tweeted this denial on Jan. 12, 2018, after an Oval Office meeting with senators the day before in which he questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the conversation. What Trump specifically denied came in a follow-up tweet that said in part, “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems.”
Trump on ‘More great news as a result of historical Tax Cuts and Reform’
This is true. The president’s tweet included a CNBC video about the news which is not shown in the screenshot here.
Trump calls himself ‘a very stable genius’
‘The Mercer Family recently dumped … Sloppy Steve Bannon’
Trump: Wolff book ‘Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist’
The book Trump mentions is Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which caused a furor before its release, including for the criticisms it laid out from former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, referred to here as “Sloppy Steve.”
Trump: My nuclear button is ‘much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works’
Trump doesn’t have a nuclear button. He also didn’t get Kim’s quote right. Kim actually said “The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table” in his New Year’s address.
‘Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time’
The president tweeted this on Jan. 2, 2018, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a rare diplomatic overture to South Korea in his New Year’s address, leading to warmer relations between the two countries. Note the Trumpian uses of his derisive nickname for Kim and his statement that “we will see!” what happens in the future.
Trump on Iran: ‘TIME FOR CHANGE!’
Wishing ‘friends, supporters, enemies, haters,’ even Fake News Media Happy New Year
Trump on tax bill terminating the Obamacare individual mandate
The individual mandate repeal takes effect in 2019.
Trump on signing ‘the largest TAX CUTS and reform in the history of our country’
Trump’s tax cuts are far from the biggest in American history. However, the tax bill he signed is the first major tax overhaul since 1986.
‘Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory’
Trump congratulated Democrat Doug Jones on his upset victory over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate race on Dec. 12, 2017. Trump urgently endorsed Moore despite sexual misconduct allegations, but Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Alabama in a quarter century.
‘It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel’
After Comey ‘running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History!’
‘I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn’
Trump on why he fired Michael Flynn
In this tweet on Dec. 2, 2017, Trump appeared to acknowledge that he knew Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI when he fired his national security adviser in February. The president’s personal attorney, John Dowd, told ABC News that he drafted the tweet but called it “sloppy.”
Trump tells Theresa May what to focus on
This Trump tweet to British Prime Minister Theresa May responded to a rebuke from her spokesman that he was wrong to retweet three anti-Muslim videos on Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, 2017. The president set off a furor when he shared inflammatory videos posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the fringe British political group Britain First, which purported to show violence being committed by Muslims. The group regularly posts such videos without context or supporting information. One of the tweets falsely said that a “Muslim migrant” beat up a Dutch boy when the young perpetrator was actually a Dutch native, an AP fact check found. May said Thursday “that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s posts, saying he wants to “promote strong borders and strong national security,” while Fransen quickly thanked Trump on Twitter.
Trump on ‘The only people who don’t like the Tax Cut Bill’
‘Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser …’
‘Big win today in the House for GOP Tax Cuts and Reform’
Trump celebrated the House’s passage of a sweeping tax overhaul — his top priority — on Nov. 16, 2017. He congratulated the House in an earlier tweet, calling it “a big step toward fulfilling our promise to deliver historic TAX CUTS for the American people by the end of the year!”
‘Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old” …’
Trump to ‘haters and fools’: ‘Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing’
This tweet challenging his critics on Russia shortly followed one on what Trump called “Good discussions on Syria” that he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Vietnam. They spoke informally several times at the summit and approved a statement on Syria.
‘Congratulations to all of the ”DEPLORABLES” …’
President Trump marked the one-year anniversary of his election win over Hillary Clinton in this tweet on Nov. 8, 2017.
Bergdahl decision ‘a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military’
Trump responded forcefully to a military judge’s decision on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, to give no prison time to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Several of his comrades were killed while searching for him. Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Taliban, who tortured him, and was brought home as part of a prisoner exchange. The judge’s action included giving a dishonorable discharge to Bergdahl and reducing his rank to private.
‘The real story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new book’
Trump urged the Justice Department and FBI to investigate his former presidential rival in this string of morning tweets on Nov. 3, 2017. He argued in one tweet, “The real story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new book. Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!” Trump referred to a book excerpt by Donna Brazile, the Democratic National Committee’s former interim leader, that stated that Hillary Clinton’s joint fundraising agreement with the DNC effectively gave her control of it. Her main challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, signed his own agreement with the party months later. Brazile alleged she found proof that the primary was rigged for Clinton, but she walked back that claim on ABC’s “This Week” on Nov. 5.
‘SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!’
A day after authorities said a driver took a truck down a bike path in lower Manhattan — ultimately killing eight people and injuring 12 — Trump urged the death penalty for the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, on Nov. 1, 2017. He did so again on Nov. 2. It is highly unusual for a president to weigh in on the fate of a defendant before trial.
‘Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped’
Trump tweeted before sunrise on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, hours after his administration’s announcement that it would immediately stop subsidy payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act. He again urged Democrats to make a deal in one of his subsequent anti-Obamacare tweets later Friday. In another unilateral move on Obamacare on Oct. 12, Trump signed an executive order directing agencies to design health insurance plans offering lower premiums outside the requirements of the ACA.
Network news ‘licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked’
‘Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election’
Trump Twitter-attacked Tennessee’s Sen. Bob Corker, who had taken a critical line toward the White House, in these tweets and a later one on Oct. 8, 2017. The prominent Republican lawmaker fired back by tweeting: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” More context on Trump’s contentions in these tweets: Corker considered the Iran nuclear deal badly flawed. And Corker’s chief of staff said that Trump called Corker the week before to ask him to reconsider his decision to leave the Senate, and “reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times.”
‘Warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims … of the terrible Las Vegas shooting’
Hours after a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims and their families on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Nearly 60 people were killed and more than 500 injured when a gunman opened fire from an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto a crowd gathered for a country music festival on Sunday night, Oct. 1, 2017.
Tillerson ‘is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man’
‘Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan …’
Trump slammed San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz in this tweetstorm on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, after she criticized his administration’s response to Puerto Rico’s hurricane devastation. As the island reeled from two hurricanes, she had begged for help the night before and directly asked Trump to take charge, saying, “We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency.” The mayor tweeted in response to the president’s criticism that the goal is “saving lives.” Later on Saturday, Trump praised Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and others on Twitter.
‘Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable’
Trump’s calls to fire protesting players sparked a mass increase in demonstrations around the NFL on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, as more than 200 players knelt or sat during the national anthem. Other players, coaches and owners locked arms in a show of solidarity. The president responded with this afternoon tweet giving his approval of standing with locked arms while saying that “kneeling is not acceptable.” He later retweeted a message calling for an NFL boycott.
Trump on protesting NFL players: ‘Fire or suspend!’
Trump called for protesting NFL players to be fired or suspended on Sunday morning, Sept. 24, 2017, while suggesting that “fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.” The Trump vs. NFL conflict, building for a few days, reached a new level during the national anthem at games on Sunday.
‘League should back U.S.’
‘If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!’
This weekend tweet on North Korea’s leadership was a “declaration of war,” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said two days later, on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. He said North Korea has the right to self-defense and the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace. The White House said hours later “We have not declared war” on North Korea. The Trump administration, referring to the president’s tweet, clarified it is not seeking to overthrow the North Korean government.
Trump: Fire NFL players who don’t stand for national anthem
This two-part message on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, followed up on Trump’s comments at a rally in Alabama the night before, when he said that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a [expletive] off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump said, to loud applause, as he campaigned for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange.
‘Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT! Ends Ocare!’
Trump warns U.S. may ‘have no choice but to totally destroy #NoKo’
If the United States “is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump warned, in the top news from his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
‘Asked him how Rocket Man is doing’
Trump deployed a new nickname with this tweet — for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Trump declared two days later, in his debut speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
‘These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard’
This Trump tweet after a London subway bombing on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, was quickly rebuked by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said, “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation.” Trump said he had been briefed on the explosion. The Associated Press later reported that the homemade bomb partially detonated, injuring 30 people. Trump also tweeted that day that his travel ban “should be far larger, tougher and more specific,” and in another message said that “Our hearts & prayers go out to the people of London.”
‘The “deplorables” came back to haunt Hillary’
This is one of two Trump tweets posted about Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, the day after his 2016 rival’s election memoir was published. On Sunday, Sept. 17, Trump retweeted an altered video clip that shows him striking and knocking over Clinton with a golf ball.
‘Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen’
Trump showed his preference for grand descriptions while relaying a public safety message in this tweet on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, as preparations were underway in Florida for the oncoming Hurricane Irma.
During DACA wind-down, ‘you have nothing to worry about’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this reassuring tweet to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients came at her urging. Trump’s message on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, came a day after he struck a deal with Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on a three-month debt limit increase.
If Congress doesn’t act on DACA, ‘I will revisit this issue!’
This Trumpian tweet on Tuesday night, Sept. 5, 2017, muddied the waters after the news earlier in the day that the administration was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, seen below.
‘Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!’
This Trump tweet preceded the announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “started under President Obama is being rescinded,” on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Trump’s decision gives Congress six months to come up with a solution before the end of the five-year-old program, which protects from deportation about 800,000 young people who came to the United States illegally as children. Sessions called DACA “an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws” and showed “disrespect for the legislative process” by the Obama administration.
‘North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test’
Trump condemned the “rogue nation” of North Korea after it carried out its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Beyond calling the country’s words and actions “very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” he added, in his fifth and final tweet on the subject for the day, that the U.S. “is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”
Trump claims ‘first hand’ look at Harvey’s ‘horror & devastation’
During his visit to Texas the day before this tweet, on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, Trump kept his distance from Harvey damage, avoiding areas ravaged by the storm’s flooding. He previously said he did not want to cause disruption with his trip.
‘Wow – Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood!’
‘I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon’ to Arpaio
The president announced his pardon of former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio as Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast on Friday night, Aug. 25, 2017. Arpaio was convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt on July 31, after he prolonged patrols that profiled Latinos based on their perceived immigration status for 17 months after a judge ordered that they stop. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that with the pardon, Trump “undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law.” Trump stood by his decision in a news conference on Monday, Aug. 28, saying of Arpaio, “I think the people of Arizona who really know him best would agree with me.”
Trump: My only problem with McConnell is ‘he failed’ on Obamacare
Trump criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in this tweet on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, weeks after Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, amid an increasingly public feud with him. In messages earlier Thursday morning, Trump said McConnell and his House counterpart, Speaker Paul Ryan, face “a mess” on a debt ceiling deal because they didn’t listen to him. Trump also challenged McConnell in tweets on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10.
‘They are just wasting time!’
‘I love the Great State of Arizona’ but …
‘Fake News needs the competition!’
Thanks Steve Bannon
Trump tweeted these messages about Stephen Bannon on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, the day after his White House chief strategist left his administration. The economic nationalist and populist, who skirmished with other White House advisers he criticized as “moderates,” told Bloomberg News he would be “going to war for Trump” on the outside — and immediately rejoined Breitbart News as executive chairman.
‘Be tough & strong, we love you!’
Trump on ‘the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart’
Following a combative news conference two days prior, in which he attributed blame for Charlottesville violence to “both sides,” Trump commented Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, on the removal of Confederate monuments.
‘Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years … No WH chaos!’
U.S. will not allow ‘Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military’
Trump announced Wednesday, July 26, 2017, that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military “in any capacity,” citing the “tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
‘Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton’
Trump launched a fresh tirade Tuesday, July 25, 2017, against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling him “very weak” on Hillary Clinton and “leakers.” Trump speculated aloud to allies about the potential consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who had recently spoken to the president.
‘Big day for HealthCare’
Trump tweeted this message Tuesday, July 25, 2017, urging Republicans to “step up to the plate” for a crucial Senate vote on their bill eviscerating much of the Obama health care law. The stage was set for high drama, with Sen. John McCain returning to the Capitol to cast his first vote since being diagnosed with brain cancer.
‘The Dems are obstructionists but the Republicans can have a great victory’
‘The Dems scream death as OCare dies!’
‘Even a dinner arranged … is made to look sinister!’
Trump responds to news reports of a ‘secret dinner’ with Putin
‘The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes’
Trump after latest health care setback: ‘We will return!’
Trump tweeted this message on Tuesday morning, July 18, 2017, after two more Republican senators came out against an immediate-repeal-and-replace Obamacare bill late Monday, leading to the collapse of the GOP legislation. He struck an optimistic note with “We will return!,” then added in another tweet minutes later, “As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!”
‘Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended’
With this tweet on Monday, July 17, 2017, Trump again defended the meeting his eldest son took in June 2016 for Kremlin-gathered dirt on his Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton — and cast it as par-for-the-course. Donald Trump Jr. has said the brief meeting resulted in no compromising information.
‘#Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!’
In which Trump uses a French hashtag
After his return from a two-day visit to Paris, President Trump tweeted this highly produced video — and employed a French hashtag, #14juillet.
‘I have very little time for watching T.V.’
Trump on what ”’sources say” from the Fake Media’ means
‘He was open, transparent and innocent’
President Trump praised Donald Trump Jr. and defended him as a victim of “the greatest Witch Hunt in political history” on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, as he commented on the meeting that his eldest son took in June 2016 for Kremlin-gathered dirt on Hillary Clinton.
‘Senate Democrats … can’t win so all they do is slow things down & obstruct!’
On Ivanka sitting at G-20 event: ‘Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!’
The president tweeted this message after his daughter, Ivanka, was spotted sitting in her father’s seat at an official G-20 event after he had left.
On Russian meddling in election: ‘I strongly pressed President Putin’
‘So much for China working with us’ on North Korea
‘End this nonsense once and for all!’
‘Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?’
Trump clotheslines CNN in wrestling video
Trump’s targeting of CNN became more visceral in a video he tweeted on Sunday, July 2, 2017, which depicted him clotheslining a wrestling opponent with the network’s logo superimposed over the man’s face. CNN responded with a statement that accused the president of encouraging violence against reporters and said he is “involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office.”
‘My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL’
‘I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!’
‘Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS.’
After Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” on Friday, June 30, 2017, said they worried about whether President Donald Trump is fit to run the country, Trump reacted on Twitter, calling the show “FAKE NEWS.”
‘She was bleeding badly from a face-lift’
Trump’s two-part attack on “Morning Joe” cohost Mika Brzezinski on Thursday, June 29, 2017, came after she mocked him for putting himself on a fake Time magazine cover, and said he is “lying every day and destroying the country.” The tweets generated wide backlash. Brzezinski and cohost Joe Scarborough said they attended the New Year’s party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate to ask for an interview with him.
‘I just finished a great meeting with the Republican Senators’ on health care
The backdrop for this Tuesday, June 27, 2017, tweet was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s delay of a vote on the Republican health care bill as he faced a revolt within his party over passing it.
‘CNN had to retract big story on “Russia,” with 3 employees forced to resign’
With this tweet on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Trump pounced on the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a Russia-related story that was retracted. The network accepted the resignations on Monday. A few more related tweets followed that morning, with Trump also calling NBC, CBS, ABC, The New York Times and The Washington Post “Fake News!”
‘Great day for America’s future Security and Safety’
The president tweeted this jubilant message after the Supreme Court said on Monday, June 26, 2017, that it would allow limited versions of Trump’s 90-day ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries and his 120-day ban on refugees to take effect. Full arguments in the case will follow in October. Delve more into key issues around Trump’s executive order here.
‘Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!’
‘All they do is delay and complain’
‘Unfair to Bernie!’
‘Democrats slam GOP healthcare proposal …’
‘Obama Administration knew far in advance’ of Nov. 8 about election meddling
On Comey ‘tapes’: ‘I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings’
The president declared that he has doesn’t have any recordings of his conversations with James Comey nearly six weeks after he first raised the issue. In a tweet on May 12, 2017, he warned that Comey, whom he had just fired as FBI director, “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” (See earlier entry below.)
On Russian meddling in election: ‘It’s all a big Dem HOAX!’
Trump suggested on Thursday, June 22, 2017, that Russian meddling in the 2016 election is “all a big Dem HOAX!” Four major U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the election to benefit Trump and that it was behind the hacking of Democratic email systems. Read their declassified assessment.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke about the Obama administration’s political sensitivity to warning about Russian meddling the day before. “One of the candidates, as you’ll recall, was predicting that the election was going to be rigged in some way. And so we were concerned that, by making the statement, we might in and of itself be challenging the integrity of the — of the election process itself,” Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee.
CORRECTION: This entry has been updated to correct the number of U.S. intelligence agencies that have agreed on the two points cited above, including that Russia tried to influence the election to benefit Trump.
On special elections: We’re ‘5 and O!’
Trump tweeted this after Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the special election in Georgia’s SIxth Congressional District on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in the most expensive House race in history. The problem, as The Washington Post pointed out, is Republicans are actually 4-1 in special elections in 2017.
In another tweet that night, Trump congratulated Handel “on her big win in Georgia 6th. Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!”
On North Korea: ‘At least I know China tried!’
‘I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director … Witch Hunt’
President Donald Trump appeared to confirm that he’s being investigated by the Justice Department in a tweet posted on Friday, June 16, 2017 — though a source close to his private legal team disputed that.
‘Now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story’
Trump responded on Thursday, June 15, 2017, to a Washington Post report on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether the president attempted to obstruct justice, as the FBI probe expands.
Rep. Scalise, ‘a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover’
Trump tweeted about the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) at a Republican congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017. Several others were injured. See how more politicians responded to the shooting.
‘Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible’
This Trump missive came three days after former FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, 2017. Comey revealed that he asked a friend to share the content of a memo with a reporter, hoping that would prompt the appointment of a special counsel. The friend read parts of the unclassified memo to a New York Times reporter, according to the Times.
On June 9, Trump tweeted about the hearing, “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”
‘I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray … to be the new Director of the FBI’
‘Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!’
Trump took credit for severed diplomatic and commercial ties between four Arab Gulf nations and Qatar on June 6, 2017, while reinforcing his first trip abroad as president. His comments came a day after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar, saying it supports terror groups. Trump posted two more tweets on the issue on the morning of June 6, detailed here. Qatar’s top diplomat repeatedly denied that his country funded extremists and terrorist groups on June 8.
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