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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.


Trump appears to shift blame over healthcare failure from Democrats to Freedom Caucus

President Trump on Sunday blamed fellow Republicans and two influential conservative advocacy groups for last week’s failure of the GOP healthcare plan.

The president had said on Friday that it was the fault of Democrats that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan pulled the measure from consideration rather than putting it forth for a floor showdown that the GOP leadership would have lost.

In a Sunday morning tweet, the president appeared to shift culpability to the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative group of GOP lawmakers who were key to depriving Trump and his camp of the votes needed for passage.

Daily summary

Trump's day in tweets: Saturday, March 25

Supporters of President Donald Trump dance on the Walk of Fame during a rally along Hollywood Boulevard on Saturday, March 25. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Supporters of President Donald Trump dance on the Walk of Fame during a rally along Hollywood Boulevard on Saturday, March 25. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

President Trump tweeted about:

Trump did not tweet about:

  • The fact that Judge Jeanine Pirro, hours after Trump urged his supporters to watch her show, took to the airwaves to blame the healthcare bill's failure on House Speaker Paul Ryan and to call for Ryan to step down
  • The Pentagon's acknowledgement that a recent airstrike believed to have killed more than 200 civilians in Mosul was conducted by the U.S.-led coalition at the request of Iraqi security forces
  • Calls from Sen. John McCain and Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, for an independent investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election
  • Former CIA Director James Woolsey's claim, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, that Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, spoke with Turkish officials about possibly removing cleric Fethullah Gulen from the U.S. without going through legal extradition procedures

Trump cheers on 'Make America Great Again' rallies

Trump thanked his supporters Saturday for organizing a series of "Make America Great Again" rallies across the country.

Some of the rallies saw scuffles between Trump supporters and those who came to demonstrate against them.

In Providence, R.I., police had to form a line separating pro- and anti-Trump factions when a shoving match broke out, according to the Providence Journal.

A similar scene unfolded in Omaha, where at least three arrests were made, the World-Herald reported.

In Philadelphia, two protesters were cited for disorderly conduct and a pro-Trump march was curtailed over fears for participants' safety, according to the Inquirer.

And in Huntington Beach, an anti-Trump protester allegedly doused a female organizer of the event with pepper spray, sparking a brawl that ended with several arrests.

AccoladesOn the media

Trump urges public to watch 'Justice with Judge Jeanine'

President Trump urged the public to watch an upcoming episode of Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine."

It wasn't immediately clear what was behind the president's promotion.

Earlier in the day, Trump favorite "Fox & Friends" had teased the "Judge Jeanine" episode, saying it would reveal "stunning new details" about Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones, according to a tweet from Business Insider's Oliver Darcy.

Domestic policyHealthcare

After healthcare bill's collapse, Trump moves on to Plan B

In the wake of the collapse of the Republican-backed plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, President Trump told the public that he'll still deliver a "great healthcare plan."

His comment echoed remarks he made the day before, when he blamed Democrats for the healthcare bill's failure, even though the GOP controls Congress and the White House.

Trump insisted that the current healthcare law, commonly known as Obamacare, will collapse under its own weight, and then Democrats will want to make a deal with the White House. 

AccoladesHis schedule

Trump thanks Medal of Honor recipients

President Trump tweeted about a meeting he held with 25 Medal of Honor recipients the day before.

The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military decoration. 

Medal of Honor Day was established by Congress in 1990 and is observed on March 25.

Daily summary

Trump's day in tweets: Friday, March 24

President Donald Trump attends a Greek Independence Day celebration in the East Room of the White House on March 24. (Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA)
President Donald Trump attends a Greek Independence Day celebration in the East Room of the White House on March 24. (Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • Obamacare, compared with the GOP's plan to overhaul it
  • The House Freedom Caucus' lack of support for the GOP's plan to overhaul Obamacare   
  • His administration's issuance of a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline
  • Charter Communications' commitment to invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure

Trump did not tweet about:

  • His pulling of a House vote on the GOP's healthcare overhaul amid crumbling Republican support
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's decision to meet with NATO allies next week in Brussels after he previously announced he'd skip a long-planned summit of the transatlantic alliance
  • A Virginia federal judge's ruling in favor of Trump's revised travel ban, which didn't have an immediate effect on the policy but gave ammunition to government lawyers arguing for the ban across several U.S. courts
  • The revelation that his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, along with two other associates, volunteered to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election
AccoladesDomestic policyHis schedule

Trump touts Charter announcement, but the hiring promise isn't new

President Trump tweeted a video of his announcement that cable-TV and Internet service provider Charter Communications made a commitment to invest $25 billion on broadband infrastructure and hire 20,000 new U.S. employees over the next four years.

Charter had made the hiring promise in 2015 when it was purchasing Time Warner Cable. The new development was the time period in which it would occur.

Nevertheless, Trump indicated the job creation was triggered by his election.

AccoladesDomestic policy

Trump announces permit for Keystone XL pipeline

President Trump tweeted that it was "a great day for American jobs" as he announced that his administration had issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Although Trump portrayed the pipeline as a done deal, its future remains uncertain. It faces difficult economic issues as well as a newly revived protest movement dedicated to stopping it.

Already, the White House has retreated from a demand that the builders of the pipeline use American steel — a provision that Trump announced with considerable fanfare.

Instead, about half of the steel for the pipeline will be imported, much of it from India and some from a Canadian company owned by a wealthy Russian.

Domestic policyHealthcare

Trump turns up pressure on House conservatives

President Trump pressured members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to support the GOP's Affordable Care Act overhaul, which included a provision blocking federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year.

The day before, GOP leaders were forced to abandon a vote on the bill after conservatives, led by the Freedom Caucus, argued it didn't go far enough in gutting Obamacare. Meanwhile, centrist Republicans worried the bill would have left too many constituents without healthcare.

Hours after Trump's tweet, he asked House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to again postpone a vote on the legislation.

Both Trump and Ryan said the Republican Party had no plan to revive the repeal-and-replace effort anytime soon, meaning the current healthcare law would remain in place.

Daily summary

Trump's day in tweets: Thursday, March 23

President Trump jokes while sitting in the driver's seat of an 18-wheeler at a meeting with truck drivers and trucking company executives to discuss healthcare Thursday. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
President Trump jokes while sitting in the driver's seat of an 18-wheeler at a meeting with truck drivers and trucking company executives to discuss healthcare Thursday. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • His criticism of news coverage of the FBI's investigation into whether members of his campaign team coordinated with Russians during the election.
  • His condolences to those affected by a deadly attack outside the British Parliament.
  • The GOP's bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, which he urged the public to support.
  • A meeting with trucking industry representatives to discuss healthcare.

Trump did not tweet about:

  • House GOP leaders' postponement of a vote on the bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.
  • An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office estimating that the GOP's revised plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would reduce the deficit by half as much as its original plan.
  • The House Intelligence Committee chair's partial walk-back of his claim that officials in Trump’s transition team had been subjects of surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies.
  • The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' notice that it would hear arguments in early May over his administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling against its travel ban, potentially leaving the ban stalled for several more weeks.
  • The General Services Administration's decision that Trump could continue to lease a downtown Washington hotel from the federal government because the arrangement didn't present a conflict.
AccoladesHealthcareHis schedule

Trump meets with trucking industry to talk healthcare

President Trump welcomed truck drivers and trucking company executives to the White House for a listening session on how healthcare legislation has affected the industry.

Shortly after the meeting, House GOP leaders postponed a vote on their bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, as it became evident that there wasn't enough support to pass it.


Domestic policyHealthcare

Trump urges the public to support the GOP's healthcare bill

President Trump encouraged his supporters to contact their congressional representatives in support of the American Health Care Act, which would roll back and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Trump's comments came as he tried to rally House Republicans ahead of a vote on the legislation scheduled for later in the day. Earlier in the week, he'd warned Republican lawmakers that failure to pass the bill would put the GOP at risk of losing its majorities in the House and Senate in the next election.

Still, the legislation faced opposition from conservatives, who argued it didn't go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, and moderates, who feared it would leave millions of Americans without health coverage.

Hours after Trump's tweet, House GOP leaders postponed the vote because lawmakers had failed to reach a compromise and there didn't appear to be enough support for the measure to pass.

AccoladesDomestic policyForeign policy

Trump offers condolences on London terrorist attack

President Trump offered his condolences after an attack outside the British Parliament claimed multiple lives, including that of a Utah man celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife.

Trump's reaction stands in contrast to that of his son, Donald Trump Jr. In the hours after the attack, Trump Jr. tweeted, "You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan," and shared a link to a months-old story from a British online news outlet.

InsultsOn the mediaRussia

Trump slams coverage of 'so-called Russia story'

President Trump criticized "totally biased and fake news reports of the so-called Russia story," singling out reports on NBC and ABC.

The FBI director said earlier in the week that there is an investigation underway into whether Trump's campaign associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election. The president has refused to acknowledge the investigation, dismissed it as fake news and blamed it on Democrats.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that he had seen "more than circumstantial evidence" that Trump associates colluded with Russia.

Trump is 'working hard' on healthcare — but is it hardly working?

Despite President Trump’s personal appeals to lawmakers, the fate of the Republican healthcare bill remained uncertain, as the fraught relationship between the president and congressional Republicans faces what could be a defining test.

“Honestly, a loss is not acceptable, folks,” Trump warned lawmakers, bluntly telling fellow Republicans that failure to pass the bill to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act could cost the GOP its majorities in the House and Senate.

Domestic policy

Trump signs NASA's budget bill for 2017

On Tuesday, President Trump signed S.442 -- the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act for the 2017 fiscal year.  

The bill funds NASA's space exploration and operations, aeronautics, safety, security and mission services, education and the salary for the agency's inspector general, among others. 

The budget shifts money around in ways that reflect Trump’s stated intentions to have the agency focus less on monitoring Earth’s vital functions and more on space exploration.

These shifts worried Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), whose district includes Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.

“It seems to be more of the continuing assault on climate science, and that’s deeply concerning,” Schiff said.

Trump heads to Capitol Hill to push for the GOP healthcare bill

Despite President Trump’s personal appeals to lawmakers, the fate of the Republican healthcare bill remained uncertain Tuesday, as the fraught relationship between the president and congressional Republicans faces what could be a defining test.

The morning strategy session at the Capitol was the first time in his two months as president that Trump met with almost the full House Republican Conference that was elected with him in November. The membership reflects the disparate coalition of Republicans who aligned to make him their standard-bearer last year.

The question for the party now is whether that ideologically diverse group can govern.

Daily summary

Trump's day in tweets: Monday, March 20

 (Mark Lyons / European Pressphoto Agency)
(Mark Lyons / European Pressphoto Agency)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • His dismissal of alleged links between his campaign and Russian officials as "fake news" advanced by Democrats. 
  • His opinion that the "real story" deserving of investigation is the leaking of classified information.
  • A House Intelligence Committee hearing about allegations of Russian interference in the presidential election, on which Trump provided running commentary from his @POTUS account.
  • A poll, which he incorrectly attributed to CNN, that put his approval rating at 37%.
  • His assertion that Hillary Clinton's campaign had contact with Russians.
  • His son, Eric, who is expecting a child.
  • A campaign-style rally in Louisville.

President Trump did not tweet about:

  • House Republicans' scramble to make a series of last-minute changes to the GOP's Obamacare repeal bill ahead of Thursday's House vote.
  • Fox News' decision to bench senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama.
  • The revelation that his daughter Ivanka is working out of a West Wing office and will receive a security clearance to access classified information.
  • A Reuters report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April NATO meeting but will visit Russia later in the month.
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