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 promoted via Twitter an interview with his son Eric Trump just before it aired Saturday night on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
Eric Trump called into the show to defend his father from criticism prompted by the first government shutdown in more than four years, as well as a series of Women's March events that saw protesters in dozens of cities take to the streets to oppose the president's policies.
Speaking to host Jeannine Piro — who is reportedly an old friend of the president's — Eric Trump offered effusive praise for his father, ticking off glowing statistics to illustrate the strength of the U.S. economy and gains against Islamic State fighters overseas.
“My father’s working like no one’s ever worked before to bring back this country and to fulfill his promise to make America great again,” said the executive vice president of the Trump Organization.
He also repeated a sentiment recently expressed on Twitter by his father: That Democratic lawmakers forced a government shutdown on the anniversary of the president’s inauguration in a bid to distract from his achievements.
“You look at this whole government shutdown, and the only reason they want to shut down government is to distract and to stop his momentum,” Eric Trump said. “I mean, my father has had incredible momentum. He's gotten more done in one year than arguably any president in history.”
President Trump hailed the nationwide Women’s March gatherings Saturday.
On Twitter, the president called it “a perfect day for all Women to March,” seeming to imply that those taking part were celebrating his administration’s accomplishments:
Participants in the marches across the United States were actually seeking to deliver a powerful rebuke to Trump's policies and mount a crucial mobilization for this year’s midterm elections.
But Trump continued to tout his administration’s “unprecedented success” in tweets sent later in the day:
In addition to the roll call of major American cities where women’s marches took place — including New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta — protesters also raised their voices in suburbs and small towns, reflecting the aim of coalescing a broad-based movement on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration to oppose the president’s stance on immigration, healthcare, racial divides and an array of other issues.
— This post contains reporting from Times staff writer Laura King.
President Trump is blaming Democrats for the government shutdown — tweeting that they wanted to give him “a nice present” to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration:
That comes after Senate Democrats late Friday killed a GOP-written House-passed measure that would have kept agencies functioning for four weeks. Democrats were seeking a stopgap bill of just a few days in hopes that would build pressure on Republicans, and they were opposing a three-week alternative offered by GOP leaders.
Democrats have insisted they would back legislation reopening the government once there's a bipartisan agreement to preserve protections against deporting about 700,000 immigrants — known as “Dreamers” — who arrived in the United States illegally as children.
Trump on Saturday accused Democrats of “holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration”:
Democrats are laying fault for the shutdown on Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and the White House and have struggled with building internal consensus.
In a series of tweets hours after the shutdown began, the president tried to make the case for Americans to elect more Republicans to Congress in November “in order to power through this mess”:
He noted that there are 51 Republicans in the 100-member Senate, and it often takes 60 votes to advance legislation:
The stopgap spending measure won 50 votes in the Senate, including five from Democrats.
Although the House and Senate were in session Saturday, it was unclear whether lawmakers would take any votes of consequence.
Trump had been set to leave Friday afternoon for a fundraiser at his estate in Palm Beach, Fla., where he intended to mark the inauguration anniversary. But he remained in Washington and ended up scrapping his plans to attend the Saturday fundraiser.
President Trump appeared to cast doubt on the likelihood of reaching a deal to avert a government shutdown Friday night in a tweet.
Trump also sought to blame Democrats for what would be the first shutdown since 2013.
His message came just hours before the midnight deadline by which lawmakers must pass a measure to fund government agencies, or some operations will cease.
Despite last-minute negotiations Friday between Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Congress remained deadlocked over a spending bill and the federal government was headed toward a shutdown at midnight.
Senate Democrats — joined by some GOP deficit hawks and immigration allies — were set to filibuster a stopgap funding bill approved by the House on Thursday. A Senate vote was planned for 10 p.m. Eastern, and even White House officials predicted it would fail.
— This post contains reporting from Times staff writer Lisa Mascaro.
President Trump on Friday signed a bill into law to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program, announcing his action in the latest in a series of confusing tweets about the spy program:
Trump's tweet on Jan. 11 created chaos in the House just before it voted to reauthorize what is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He linked the intelligence program to a dossier that alleges his presidential campaign had ties to Russia.
That caused people to wonder if he didn't support the program that allows U.S. spy agencies to collect intelligence on foreign targets abroad.
Trump and other Republicans have alleged that Obama administration officials improperly shared the identities of Trump presidential transition team members mentioned in intelligence reports. Democrats say there is no evidence that happened.
Shortly before the House vote, and after conferring with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump did an apparent about-face.
“This vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land,” he tweeted. “We need it! Get smart!”
In his tweet announcing that he had just signed the bill, Trump wrote: “This is NOT the same FISA law that was so wrongly abused during the election. I will always do the right thing for our country and put the safety of the American people first!”
There are no obvious links between the dossier Trump spoke of, which includes salacious but unsubstantiated allegations against him, and the reauthorization of the spying program, or between the program and Trump's oft-repeated claims that the Obama administration conducted surveillance on Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.
After a surprise meeting with President Trump as a government shutdown loomed, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday that “progress” had been made and negotiations would continue.
Schumer dashed to the White House earlier in the day at the invitation of Trump. Schumer cut a previous budget deal with Trump last fall over the strong objections of GOP leaders.
“We discussed all of the major outstanding issues,” Schumer told reporters. “We made some progress. But we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussions will continue.”
With less than seven hours before the shutdown deadline, Trump tweeted that he’d had an “excellent preliminary meeting” with Schumer and was “making progress.”
But the president said he still preferred a four-week stopgap bill that was passed Thursday by the House but was expected to be blocked Friday in the Senate.
The meeting came as Congress pushed the federal government to the brink of a shutdown. Senate Democrats — joined by some GOP deficit hawks and immigration allies — were set to filibuster the stopgap funding bill ahead of a midnight deadline in Washington.
Lawmakers scrambled to assign blame for what would be the first federal shutdown since 2013, when Republicans led the unpopular 16-day closure in their failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Republicans assailed Democratic senators for holding the funding “hostage” as Democrats demanded deportation protections for “Dreamers,” the young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Their protected status could expire soon as Trump ends the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Trump tweeted Friday morning:
The Trump administration is scrambling to soften the blow of a possible shutdown with plans to keep as much of the government open as possible. Their blueprints, though, could quickly unravel.
“We are going to manage this shutdown differently,” said Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, who accused the previous administration of using the 2013 budget stalemate to score political points, making the repercussions more painful for Americans than necessary.
“We are not going to weaponize it. We are not going to try to hurt people,” he told reporters at the White House.
Trump shared via Twitter a link to the briefing:
Whatever the White House’s intentions, however, some hurt from a shutdown is unavoidable. The law places the federal government under extremely restrictive constraints.
“Shutting down the government is a very serious thing,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told CNN on Thursday night. “People die, accidents happen. You don’t know. Necessary functions can cease. … There is no specific list you can look at and make a judgment: ‘Well, everything is going to be just fine.’ You can’t make that judgment.”
Trump quoted Feinstein in a tweet:
A spokesman for Feinstein on Friday said that the senator “was trying to get at the uncertainty that a government shutdown could create,” but that she “remains committed” to voting against the funding bill because it doesn't include protections for Dreamers.
While Democrats led the opposition, a few Republican senators also said they would reject the measure.
A mix of immigration advocates, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and deficit hawks such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have announced their opposition. Other Republicans may join them. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has worked with Graham and Democrats for years on immigration issues, said he was “not inclined” to support the monthlong spending bill and wanted a short extension for a few days to keep government running while immigration talks continued.
Trump’s vulgar comments during an Oval Office meeting last week — he said he didn’t want immigrants coming to the U.S. from “shithole” countries — left a bipartisan working group skeptical the GOP would act in time to protect Dreamers.
—This post contains reporting from Times staff writers Lisa Mascaro, Evan Halper and Sarah D. Wire.
President Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way."
In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he's committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished."
The moment marked the president personally stepping to the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States as the anniversary of his inauguration approaches. Last year, Vice President Mike Pence addressed the crowd in Trump's absence. In the year since, Trump has delivered on rules and policies he had promised in an effort to help curb abortion rights legalized 45 years ago. Chief among them is the confirmation of conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Trump's administration on Friday also announced more actions in line with long-standing demands from social and religious conservatives.
The Department of Health and Human Services spelled out plans to protect medical providers who refuse to perform procedures such as abortions because of moral or religious scruples. HHS also pulled back an Obama-era policy that posed a legal roadblock to conservative states trying to cut Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood.
The White House press office was once again forced to walk back a tweet from President Trump on Thursday morning after he described a trip to Pennsylvania later in the day as a political one — a statement that would force the Republican Party, not taxpayers, to pay for the journey.
The White House had said Trump was going to an industrial equipment company outside of Pittsburgh to highlight the good economy and new tax cuts, making it an official, policy-oriented event.
It was widely assumed that the trip had a political cast — the area is holding a special election to fill a congressional seat vacated by a Republican who resigned. Trump, by his tweet, seemed to confirm that politics was the whole purpose:
Trump later shared via Twitter a pair of video clips of his speech at H&K Equipment, in which he touted the tax cuts he signed into law just before Christmas and tried to turn the conversation back to his accomplishments after weeks dominated by distractions, including questions about his mental health and comments about immigration that some considered racist:
The Republican National Committee, rather than the White House, is supposed to pay for political travel so that taxpayers are not financing party activities; for trips that combine policy and politics, parties have split the cost under past presidents. Neither the RNC nor the White House responded to emails sent Thursday asking who would pay.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement later Thursday suggesting that taxpayers would foot the bill. She insisted that Trump would be conducting government business while in Pennsylvania.
— This post contains reporting from the Associated Press and Times staff writer Noah Bierman.
In a series of tweets Thursday morning, President Trump undercut a deal by Republican lawmakers to keep the government open past Friday and contradicted his chief of staff’s comments that Trump had “evolved” on his promised border wall.
By slamming the proposed government-funding plan, Trump also undermined White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who told reporters Wednesday that the president supported the Republicans’ strategy.
Their bill would provide short-term funding for government operations and a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which Republican leaders had attached to help attract support, particularly from Democrats who pushed for the program.
But Trump wrote on Twitter that funding for the program should be part of “a long term solution,” not the stopgap measure:
Some speculated that perhaps the president was not aware that the CHIP funding would be extended for six years, rather than the four weeks of the spending bill.
Republican leaders in Congress already were scrambling to gather votes for their plan to fund the government for another month until a longer-term deal can be made on federal spending and immigration. Trump’s comments threw voting into jeopardy, raising the odds of a shutdown.
Trump also pushed back against his own chief of staff, John F. Kelly, who told lawmakers Wednesday that Trump’s border wall promise was “uninformed” and Mexico was unlikely to pay for a wall. Kelly repeated his comments during a Fox News interview Wednesday night, saying Trump had “evolved” and changed his views on “a number of things” since entering the White House.
But Trump, in a note of discord with his top-ranking aide, denied he’s “evolved” on building a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border.
And he falsely claimed that Mexico is “now rated the number one most dangerous country in the world”:
A few hours later, the Mexican government fought back to challenge Trump.
The country released a statement — emailed to journalists, not posted on social media — that corrected Trump’s error and took the United States to task for its role in Mexico’s violence.
“Although Mexico has a significant problem of violence, it is openly false that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world,” said the statement, released by Mexico’s Foreign Ministry.
The statement noted that although bloodshed is on the rise in Mexico — the country recorded more homicides in 2017 than in any year on record — other nations, including Venezuela and El Salvador, have much higher homicide rates.
The statement also pointed out what the Mexican government believes are major drivers of its violence: U.S. guns and U.S. demand for drugs.
President Trump announced the recipients of his "Fake News Awards" Wednesday night.
Trump tweeted a link to the winners list, which was hosted on GOP.com. The web page promptly went offline.
The “award” recipients included a mix of reporters for the New York Times, ABC News and the Washington Post, as well as reports published by CNN, Time, Newsweek and the New York Times. The winners list also included one topic: “Russia Collusion,” which the list called “perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people.”
Here’s what the page looked like before it went offline:
Under the winners was a list of 10 of Trump’s accomplishments, among them the passage of the GOP tax cuts and the appointment of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Trump listed the highlights in subsequent tweets:
Earlier Wednesday, the president also shared some examples of what he considers “good news,” tweeting links to reports on companies that have announced plans to increase U.S. investment as a result of the tax cuts, as well as one on a jump in holiday retail sales:
Trump has battled the news media since taking office. He often accuses outlets of circulating “fake news” following the publication of stories that are critical of or unflattering to his administration.
The president first announced plans for his self-proclaimed “most dishonest & corrupt media awards of the year” via Twitter on Jan. 2.
He originally pledged to name the winners that Monday, but later delayed the reveal to Jan. 17, tweeting: “The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!”
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole knew the art of the deal before President Trump published the 1987 book of the same name.
The two shared a stage under the Capitol dome Wednesday as Dole, 94, accepted Congress' highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for his World War II service and decades of work in the House and Senate.
Trump later praised Dole in a tweet, attaching to his message a video composed of clips from the ceremony:
At the ceremony, the president saluted Dole as “a patriot” and gave tribute to Dole's struggle as a veteran who worked his way back from a grievous shoulder wound he suffered in Italy.
“He knows about grit,” said Trump.
But it was Dole's penchant for working across the aisle that earned him his latest award, according to the legislation.
“Bob Dole was known for his ability to work across the aisle and embrace practical bipartisanship,” reads the legislation Trump signed in September. Some of the award's 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa, according to the Congressional Research Service.
President Trump promoted an appearance by his son, Eric Trump, on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
Eric Trump appeared on the morning talk show to defend his father against accusations that he is racist.
He also denounced the news media, echoing past comments by his father.
The Trump administration on Tuesday released a report attempting to link terrorism with migration, arguing that it was evidence of the need to dramatically reshape the nation’s immigration system.
The report, ordered by President Trump in an executive order last year, said that 75% of the 549 people convicted of terrorism charges since 9/11 were born outside the U.S. Administration officials called that a sign that the U.S. needs to scrap its policy of family preferences for visas, which they call “chain migration,” and a diversity visa lottery program.
But the report did not specify how many — if any — of the convicted terrorists entered the country through those means. It also did not detail how many of the convictions were related to attacks or plans in the U.S. versus overseas and how many involved people who went to fight overseas for the Islamic State or another terrorist group. Those details were not available, officials said.
The report, due last year, is being released in a highly charged moment in the immigration debate, as Trump and some Republicans in Congress seek tough new border and immigration measures in return for a deal protecting the 690,000 people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Trump also fired off a pair of tweets on the topic earlier Tuesday:
“The focus of our immigration system should be assimilation,” a senior administration official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition that his name not be used. He said the nation should give priority to potential immigrants who speak English, who have an education and those who are “committed to supporting our values — not family members of people already here.”
The official said the timing of the report was coincidental.
President Trump said Tuesday that he and the president of Kazakhstan are united in a shared determination to prevent North Korea from "threatening the world with nuclear devastation."
Trump and President Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed North Korea along with other issues during meetings at the White House.
Trump said Kazakhstan, once part of the Soviet Union, is a "valued partner in our efforts to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons."
"Together we are determined to prevent the North Korean regime from threatening the world with nuclear devastation," he said, as both presidents addressed journalists between meetings.
Nazarbayev noted that his country once had one of the world's largest nuclear arsenals but voluntarily gave it up after the Soviet Union collapsed. He said his country is in talks with Iran, which was the focus of a global deal that lifted some economic sanctions in exchange for Iran’s curbing its nuclear program.
Trump has sharply criticized the Iran nuclear deal and threatened last week to pull out soon unless other countries fix what he says are "terrible flaws."
President Trump proclaimed Tuesday “religious freedom day.”
The date was chosen because it was the 232nd anniversary of the adoption of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, according to the text of the proclamation.
President Trump lashed out at the news media Tuesday morning in a tweet denouncing the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion among members of his campaign team.
It wasn’t immediately clear exactly what prompted the president’s tweet, but it appeared as though he was watching “Fox & Friends.”
A short time later, Trump tweeted a headline from a report that aired during that morning’s episode:
The segment focused on the latest survey results from conservative watchdog Media Research Center, which purportedly analyzed the evening news broadcasts on ABC, CBS and NBC from Jan. 20 to Dec. 31 and found that 90% of the statements made about Trump were negative.
“But believe it or not, through all this negative coverage, they did a survey of 600,000 people about how black America views this president," co-host Brian Kilmeade said. "His numbers have actually doubled in approval.”
Trump highlighted the statement in another tweet:
But it’s not true.
The claim appears to have originated from a misreading of data from the online polling firm SurveyMonkey, according to factcheck.org.
The firm polled 600,000 Americans in 2017 and found that Trump's approval rating among blacks actually dropped from 23% early in his presidency to about 17%, as of the week ending Jan. 3.
Some conservative outlets, including Breitbart, produced an average from those and other SurveyMonkey figures and compared them to the scores Trump received from black voters in the 2016 exit polls.
That methodology is not sound. And since the statistics measure different things, the comparison is misleading.
President Trump turned his Twitter torment Monday on the Democrat in the room where immigration talks with lawmakers took a famously coarse turn, saying Sen. Richard J. Durbin misrepresented what he had said about African nations and Haiti and, in the process, undermined the trust needed to make a deal.
"Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting," Trump tweeted, using a nickname to needle the Illinois senator. "Deals can't get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military."
Trump was referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young people who came to the United States illegally as children. Members of Congress from both parties are trying to strike a deal that Trump would support to extend that protection.
Trump also cast doubt on the likelihood of reaching an agreement in tweets sent earlier Monday:
On a day of remembrance for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Trump spent time at his golf course with no public events, bypassing the acts of service that his predecessors staged in honor of the civil rights leader. Instead, Trump dedicated his weekly address to King's memory, saying King's dream and America's are the same: "A world where people are judged by who they are, not how they look or where they come from."
That message was a distinct counterpoint to words attributed to Trump by Durbin and others at a meeting last week, when the question of where immigrants come from seemed at the forefront of Trump's concerns. Some participants and others familiar with the conversation said Trump challenged immigration from "shithole" countries of Africa and disparaged Haiti as well.
Without explicitly denying using that word, Trump lashed out at the Democratic senator, who said Trump uttered it on several occasions.
President Trump thanked Fox News personality Stuart Varney after Varney praised Trump during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
In a pair of tweets early Sunday, Trump quoted from Varney's commentary, in which he argued that Trump deserves more credit for the booming economy.
The pundit, who also hosts a show on Fox Business Network, cited moves by some corporations to raise workers’ minimum wage or pay out one-time bonuses in response to the GOP tax cuts.
Varney was reacting to a quote from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), who on Thursday called the bonuses handed down to workers “pathetic” in comparison to the gains corporations are expected to see from the tax cuts.
“In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving to workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic,” Pelosi told reporters. “It’s pathetic.”
Varney shot back Sunday that the bonuses, along with “explosive” stock market growth, are “enriching all Americans.”
“This is a huge shot in the arm, it's the result of this tax cut deal and I think President Trump should get the credit for it,” he said.
The sweeping tax plan passed last month lowers the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and cuts personal income taxes.
Analysts say the benefits will largely flow to corporations and the wealthy, as they’re more likely to be in positions to share in corporate profits.
For instance, Wells Fargo & Co., which responded to news of the tax overhaul by announcing it will raise workers’ pay to at least $15 an hour, also reported that it expects to pay an effective tax rate of 19% this year, down from about 31% in previous years. That should amount to tax savings of more than $3 billion annually.
On average, middle-class Americans are expected to see a very small tax cut in the near term and a tax increase after 2025, when all of the tax cuts for individuals expire. The tax cuts for corporations, however, are permanent.
— This post contains reporting from Times staff writer James Rufus Koren.
President Trump tweeted Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children is “probably dead,” casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on a government funding deal that Democrats have tied to immigration.
At issue is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Obama to shield hundreds of thousands of these individuals, known as “Dreamers,” from deportation.
Trump, who has taken a hard stance against illegal immigration, announced last year that he will end the program unless Congress comes up with a solution by March.
Republicans and Democrats were already at odds over funding the government, and the negotiations became more complicated after Democrats — whose votes are needed to pass a government funding bill — insisted immigration be included. Government funding expires at midnight Friday without a deal in place, and some government functions will begin to go dark.
Further roiling the talks are comments by Trump during an Oval Office meeting in which he questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the U.S., along with Africans from “shithole” countries, according to people briefed on the conversation but not authorized to describe it publicly. He also said in the Thursday meeting that he would prefer immigrants from countries like Norway instead. The White House has not denied that Trump said the word “shithole,” though Trump did push back on some depictions of the meeting.
The president also rejected as insufficient an immigration deal drafted by the bipartisan group of lawmakers who attended that meeting. The deal had included a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers that would take up to 12 years, as well as $1.6 billion for border security, including Trump's promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump's staunchest supporters consider any route to citizenship for the Dreamers amnesty for lawbreakers.
Trump has said any deal must include funding for the wall as well as changes to make the immigration system a more merit-based structure.
President Trump is disputing a quote attributed to him during a newspaper interview about relations with North Korea's leader.
The Wall Street Journal on Thursday quoted Trump as saying: “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un.”
Trump tweeted Sunday:
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the newspaper have released separate audio clips.
The Wall Street Journal says it stands by its reporting.