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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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Trump's day in tweets: Monday, May 22

President Trump visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
President Trump visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

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Trump thanks Netanyahu during Israel visit

President Trump on Monday took in the sweeping history of Jerusalem’s Old City on a visit in which he hopes to make some of his own, urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take strides toward peace that have eluded U.S. leaders for decades.

Starting the second leg of his eight-day foreign trip, Trump said he wants to make progress on what he has called the “ultimate deal,” a Middle East peace accord to end generations of conflict.

Trump has yet to offer a diplomatic initiative to restart negotiations, no less break the broader political impasse. Nor is it clear whether the Israelis or the Palestinians have the inclination or political capital to make substantial progress given their deep divisions.

Still, Trump raised the prospect of a peace deal during each of his three public appearances with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, though in the third he conceded it was perhaps the “toughest” deal to make.

Earlier in the day, Trump retweeted a message from Netanyahu that contained a photo of the airport welcoming ceremony.

His arrival in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon marked a historic direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel, nations that do not have formal diplomatic relations.

Trump’s domestic troubles over Russia reemerged during his visit, one with potential diplomatic consequences with Israel. As with many of the president’s problems, it was self-inflicted.

After a reporter asked Netanyahu if he was concerned by reports that Trump had shared highly sensitive intelligence about a terrorist threat with two senior Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting on May 10, Trump jumped in to deny that he ever “mentioned the word or the name Israel.”

"They're all saying I did," he said, pointing to reporters. "So you have another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel."

News accounts never said that Trump had identified Israel as the source of the intelligence, only that he had divulged intelligence from an unnamed allied country that did not want it shared.

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Trump's day in tweets: Sunday, May 21

From right, President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi open the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought. (Saudi Press Agency)
From right, President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi open the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought. (Saudi Press Agency)

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  • His speech at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Trump shares highlights of speech in Saudi Arabia

After addressing a summit of regional leaders in Saudi Arabia’s capital, President Trump shared a transcript of his speech, in which he called on Arab leaders to join the United States in “honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism.” 

In the first extended remarks of his foreign trip — and the first major foreign policy address of his presidency — Trump declared U.S. solidarity in pursuing peace and security in the region, while calling on leaders to do their “fair share” in what he called a battle “between good and evil.”

Marrying his stated “America first” credo with his stated commitment to eradicate terrorist networks like Islamic State, Trump said nations in the Middle East couldn’t depend on American power to “crush this enemy for them,” and must plot their own future course.

“It’s a choice between two futures, and it’s a choice America cannot make for you,” he said. “Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this earth.”

Trump’s remarks to an Arab-Islamic-American summit hosted by the Saudi king were part of a dizzying second day of his eight-day foreign itinerary.

Earlier in the day, the president retweeted a message from First Lady Melania Trump, who visited the American International School in Riyadh while her husband held a series of talks with regional allies.

The trip, which also includes stops in Israel, Rome, Brussels and Sicily, will likely shine an unaccustomed spotlight on the first lady, who hasn't moved into the White House, staffed an office or outlined a platform.

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Trump's day in tweets: Saturday, May 20

President Trump and Saudi Arabia's King  Saud attend a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court on Saturday, May 20. (Saudi Press Agency)
President Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Saud attend a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court on Saturday, May 20. (Saudi Press Agency)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • His arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • His gratitude for U.S. service members on Armed Forces Day

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Trump thanks members of the military on Armed Forces Day

President Trump thanked members of the military to mark Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated each year on the third Saturday in May.

Vice President Mike Pence told military personnel at a base in Ohio that the Trump administration's budget coming out next week will include the largest increase in defense spending since the days of Ronald Reagan.

Pence made a stop Saturday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

He said that Trump is dedicated to making sure the military has the resources and training it deserves to accomplish its missions.

Trump spent the day in Saudi Arabia, his first stop on an eight-day tour of the Middle East and Europe.

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Trump touches down in Saudi Arabia

President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia’s capital Saturday to begin an eight-day foreign tour that will test the new administration’s capacity to manage complex international diplomacy and a growing political crisis at home.

In choosing Saudi Arabia as his first international destination since taking office, Trump found a host eager to offer the warmest possible welcome as its leaders seek a reboot in relations with the United States.

During a ceremony at the lavish Royal Court, King Salman presented Trump with the nation’s highest honor, the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud, in recognition of “efforts to strengthen the relationship between the two friendly countries,” and “his quest to enhance security and peace in the region and the world.”

Hours earlier, Salman greeted Trump on a red carpet at the foot of Air Force One before a flyover of military aircraft honored the visiting president, who has angered Muslims around the world with his proposed travel ban to the nation that houses Islam’s most holy sites.

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Trump's day in tweets: Friday, May 19

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, May 19, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, May 19, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • His first official trip abroad, during which he pledged to protect American interests
  • His weekly address

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Trump shares his weekly address

President Trump shared a link to his weekly address, which centered on his first official trip overseas. Here's a full transcript.

In his remarks, Trump pledged to work more closely with Muslim leaders in the fight against terrorism, to discuss achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians and to speak with the pope about "how Christian teachings can help put the world on a path to justice, freedom and peace."

Trump will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vatican City before he attends a celebration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's new headquarters in Brussels, followed by the Group of Seven summit in Sicily, Italy. 

"In my inaugural address, I pledged to strengthen America's oldest friendships, to seek new partners in pursuit of peace and, above all, to always put American people first," Trump said.

"I also pledged that our partners must show that they’re partners, they must show that they’re friends and they must contribute financially to the tremendous cost – the money that we’re spending is so big, it’s so much and it’s not fair for our nation. They have to help and I’m sure they will."

During the campaign, Trump repeatedly said NATO countries were not shouldering their fair share of defense costs, leaving too much of the burden on the United States. He called the alliance "obsolete."

But after meeting with the NATO chief last month at the White House, Trump appeared to largely reverse his skeptical stance. He praised NATO as a "bulwark of international peace and security."

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Trump says he'll 'be strongly protecting American interests' on his first official trip abroad

As he prepared to depart on his first official trip abroad, President Trump assured the public that he would "strongly" protect American interests during his eight-day tour of the Middle East and Europe.

Trump will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vatican City before he attends NATO and G-7 summits in Brussels and Sicily, respectively.

As part of his "America First" policy, Trump said during last year's campaign that he was interested in engaging internationally only when the United States stood to gain.

But since taking office he has backed off some of his more provocative foreign policy promises, including withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, ditching the North American Free Trade Agreement and declaring China a currency manipulator.

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Trump's day in tweets: Thursday, May 18

President Trump, left, speaks beside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during a White House news conference on Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Andrew Harrer / Pool / EPA)
President Trump, left, speaks beside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during a White House news conference on Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Andrew Harrer / Pool / EPA)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • The federal investigation into possible collusion between his associates and Russian agents, which he slammed as a "witch hunt"
  • His observation that no special prosecutor was appointed to investigate the Obama administration or Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign
  • His meeting with the president of Colombia
  • His appearance at a police memorial service on Monday

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Trump tweets about Monday appearance at police memorial service

President Trump shared a video clip of his remarks at Monday's National Peace Officers' Memorial Service and a link to his proclamation designating May 14-20 as Police Week.

The tweet came as the president prepared to embark on his first official trip abroad.

Trump departs Friday on an eight-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that the White House hopes will give his administration a chance to reboot after a cascade of problems including questions about his abrupt firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

 

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Trump welcomes president of Colombia but doesn't say he'll continue U.S. aid

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Thursday with President Trump, hoping to secure guarantees for a continuation of millions of dollars in U.S. aid as his country emerges from half a century of civil war.

Publicly, Trump gave no such commitment during a joint news conference with Santos in the White House East Room.

Trump did not mention Colombia’s hard-fought peace process until a reporter asked about it. He then praised Santos’ efforts.

“There’s nothing tougher than peace,” Trump said, “and we want to make peace all over the world.”

Trump focused on fighting drug trafficking and on potential trade deals, as well as the wall he has promised to build along the border with Mexico.

Santos listed his country’s needs for postwar reconstruction, including rebuilding roads and other infrastructure, resettling displaced peasants and demobilized guerrilla fighters, creating new judicial mechanisms and eradicating coca crops.

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Trump calls Russia inquiry 'single greatest witch hunt of a politician' in U.S. history

President Trump could contain his anger for only so long — about 14 hours — before lashing out on Twitter on Thursday to protest “the single greatest witch hunt in American history!”

But in attacking Wednesday’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel to head the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any role that Trump’s associates may have played, the president risks alienating potential supporters in his own party.

He could create an enemy out of a prosecutor who commands both a vast army of investigators and bipartisan respect.

And, yet again, he has undercut advice from top Republicans inside and outside the White House who say that an independent investigation could help Trump. If only he could control his evident anxiety about the case, the secrecy of special counsel investigations could keep the story out of the daily headlines, they note. And Mueller’s credibility could provide exoneration for the president and his aides if the investigation finds that they have done nothing wrong.

The mix of grievance, hyperbole and defiance in Trump’s response, however, was hardly surprising at this point in his public life. His statements fit a pattern he long ago established of fighting back against enemies real or perceived and of seldom letting go of a grudge.

In a second tweet, Trump complained that President Obama and Hillary Clinton had not been subjected to the same treatment.

Trump did not specify what he meant by illegal acts.

During a lunch with television anchors ahead of a nine-day foreign trip that is scheduled to begin Friday, Trump continued to criticize the special counsel appointment.

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Trump congratulates Coast Guard Academy's graduating class

President Trump complained that “no politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly" during a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut on Wednesday.

The comments were his first since reports Tuesday night that he asked FBI Director James B. Comey, since fired, to drop an investigation of Trump's former national security advisor. Trump had refrained from tweeting for 21 hours.

Though the speech contained much of the traditional praise for the new graduates, and ceremonial pardons of their "oversights or slight violations," it was also laced with Trump's hallmark defiance and boastfulness that put himself at the center.

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Trump welcomes president of Turkey

President Trump and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met Tuesday at the White House amid sharp disagreement over the war in Syria but eager to improve relations after the Obama era.

It was Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with the increasingly authoritarian Erdogan, who has consolidated power since a failed military coup last summer. Since then, his government has arrested or fired tens of thousands of political opponents, journalists, judges, academics, teachers and others.

In a joint appearance at the White House, Trump lavished praise on Erdogan — although he repeatedly mispronounced the Turkish leader’s name — as the ruler of a key Muslim ally and one of the largest members of the NATO military alliance.

He said Turkey remains a valuable partner in anti-terrorism operations and helps ensure that Islamic State and other terrorist groups in the region “have no safe quarter.”

Turkey’s security forces play a key role in intercepting foreign fighters moving to or from the war in neighboring Syria and onward to Europe. The nation also hosts a major U.S. air base that is crucial for coalition operations in Iraq and Syria.

Trump did not mention the issues that most deeply divide Washington and Ankara, but Erdogan did in a lengthy statement.

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As Russia controversy rages on, Trump shares article on strength of economy

President Trump shared a link to a Wall Street Journal report on a rise in industrial production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities, which shot up 1% in April from March.

That's the biggest gain since February 2014 and the third straight monthly gain. The increase was more than twice what economists expected.

Trump's tweet came amid controversy over a Washington Post report that he shared classified material about Islamic State with Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting the week before.

A short time after the tweet was sent, the New York Times reported that Trump met with then-FBI Director James B. Comey in mid-February and asked him to end the bureau's investigation of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the ousted White House national security advisor.

Comey wrote a memo for his files describing the meeting with Trump, which took place on Feb. 14, the day after Trump fired Flynn from his White House job. 

The latest report was met with expressions of astonishment on Capitol Hill, where members of both parties promised to obtain the memo by subpoena and to press for answers on whether the president tried to obstruct the investigation.

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Trump admits he shared information with Russia, calls out 'leakers'

In tweets Tuesday morning, President Trump said he had shared "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting last week, confirming a key part of a news report his aides had denied the night before.

Trump said he had shared the information in the hopes of getting Russia to "greatly step up their fights against ISIS and terrorism," referring to Islamic State.

As he has before, Trump suggested that the real problem wasn't his conduct, but the fact that U.S. officials had told the press about it.

Trump did not address the allegation at the heart of the story published Monday evening by the Washington Post -- that the information he gave Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergei Kislyak included details provided to the U.S. by a foreign intelligence service that were highly sensitive and that the U.S. had promised not to share with other countries.

But his reference in the tweet to having an "absolute right" to share the information implied that he knows that some of what he said involved classified material. Under federal law, the president has a legal right to declassify information. 

Trump's tweets marked the second time in a week that he has made statements that forced his staff to change their story about a major news development.

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Trump's day in tweets: Monday, May 15

President Trump awaits the arrival of Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the White House. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
President Trump awaits the arrival of Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the White House. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • His appearance at a law enforcement memorial service
  • His proclamation of a holiday to commemorate fallen officers

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Trump delivers remarks at law enforcement memorial service

President Trump addressed law enforcement and family members of the fallen at the 36th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol on Monday, reaffirming his campaign promises to restore justice and end attacks on police. A full transcript of his remarks is available here.

"Every drop of blood spilled from our heroes in blue is a wound inflicted upon the whole country," Trump said. "And every heartache known by your families in law enforcement is a sorrow shared by the entire family of the American nation."

Trump was joined by families of law enforcement earlier in the day in the Oval Office, where he signed a proclamation and said he would enlist the Justice Department to develop strategies to prevent and prosecute violent crimes against law enforcement.

The president later shared a link to a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 14 to May 20 as Police Week.

Trump's remarks came nearly week after he fired FBI Director James B. Comey. His administration is considering Comey's replacement, a decision that could come before the president departs Friday for Saudi Arabia.

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