His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up — or down — and galvanize the American public.
We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication now that he’s commander in chief. Here is everything Trump has tweeted since he was sworn in as 45th president of the United States. In many cases, we look at what he was reacting to and whether what he said was accurate. And, as much as possible, we'll relate what else was going on at the time. Check back for more as Trump continues to tweet.
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President Trump on Thursday celebrated an "especially special" Hanukkah at the White House, a day after declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital and setting off criticism and clashes.
"Right now I'm thinking about what's going on and the love that's all over Israel and all about Jerusalem," Trump said in the East Room of the White House.
The president was flanked by his daughter Ivanka — who converted to Judaism when she married her husband, Jared Kushner — and their three children.
Trump broke with decades of U.S. policy with the Jerusalem announcement, putting the United States at odds with most other countries. The European Union, Germany, Britain, France, Pope Francis and key Arab allies have denounced the move.
Presidential candidates in both parties have vowed to move the embassy since at least the 1990s, never feeling obliged to follow through.
Trump has contrasted their promises with his action. On Thursday night, he tweeted a video montage of Presidents Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Obama each pledging to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, followed by a clip of Trump’s Wednesday speech in which he announced he would do so.
"I fulfilled my campaign promise," Trump wrote. "Others didn’t!"
Inside the White House on Thursday, Trump got only applause, cheers and thanks from the crowd, which included Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels and Orthodox Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.
Lawrence-Israels spoke of standing up to hate. And Soloveichik recited a traditional prayer that he said has additional meaning this year.
"For the first time since the founding of the state of Israel, an American president has courageously declared what we have always proclaimed, which is that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," Soloveichik said.
Trump struggled with the pronunciation of Soloveichik's name. "He's so happy with yesterday, that he doesn't care if I get it exact," the president said.
He also remarked of the holiday, "I think this one will go down as especially special."