Politics

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.

Daily summary

Trump's day in tweets: Monday, April 24

President Trump delivers remarks while hosting ambassadors from the 15 member countries of the United Nations Security Council in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
President Trump delivers remarks while hosting ambassadors from the 15 member countries of the United Nations Security Council in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • A pair of polls that put his approval ratings at historic lows
  • The need to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border
  • His congratulations to an astronaut who set a new record for accumulated time in space
  • The GOP-backed healthcare plan
  • His signing of a Holocaust Remembrance proclamation

Trump did not tweet about:

AccoladesHis schedule

Trump shares Holocaust Remembrance proclamation

After signing a proclamation designating Sunday through April 30 a week of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust, President Trump shared a video message that was played at a meeting of the World Jewish Congress in New York City the night before.

Trump was slated to deliver the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Days of Remembrance ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.

Healthcare

Trump continues to push GOP healthcare bill

President Trump continued to tout the GOP-backed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a renewed push by the White House to pass a healthcare bill.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) had to cancel a planned vote on the repeal bill last month after it became clear that too many rank-and-file Republicans opposed the legislation.

The original bill — called the American Health Care Act — would have resulted in 24 million fewer Americans with health coverage over the next decade, according to an independent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

And while health insurance premiums would have been lower for some consumers, many older and lower-income Americans would have been priced out of coverage by the GOP plan.

The changes to the House Republican bill now under discussion — first reported by Huffington Post — would further weaken several key consumer protections in the current law, including the guarantee that Americans can get coverage even if they are sick.

But even as House Republicans and administration officials continue to discuss potential changes, there is little evidence GOP leaders are close to getting the votes needed to get the bill out of the House.

The president has said he wants a vote this week.

More immediately, the White House faces a potential government shutdown unless lawmakers can agree on a new spending measure by Saturday.

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Trump commends astronaut on new space record: '#CongratsPeggy'

President Trump spoke live for about 20 minutes Monday morning with a pair of astronauts at the International Space Station, including Cmdr. Peggy Whitson, who set a new record for accumulated time in space at more than 534 days.

Trump -- asking questions from the Oval Office with his daughter Ivanka by his side, and with astronaut Kate Rubins and top advisors filling out the room -- clearly relished the drama of the unusual call. He mentioned several times that it was being streamed live in classrooms across the country, and asked the astronauts about their daily routine and how they successfully did their jobs.

"That's what we like, great American equipment that works," Trump responded when Whitson told the president that his voice was being heard at the space station.

Domestic policyForeign policyImmigration

Trump says border wall is necessary to fix 'drug situation'

It’s an open secret on Capitol Hill: President Trump wants a “big, beautiful” border wall, but few in Congress are willing to pay for it.

The standoff between the White House and lawmakers — Republicans and Democrats — has escalated tensions toward a possible government shutdown at midnight Friday as Congress races to meet a deadline to fund federal offices and operations.

Trump had made a request last month for supplemental spending — $34 billion extra for the military, plus $5 billion for the border wall and officers. But it largely landed with a thud on Capitol Hill.

Instead, bipartisan leaders were aiming for a deal that would give both defense and nondefense accounts a smaller but equal boost for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

On a weekend conference call with lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told them the priority would be dispatching with the funding bill, according to someone familiar with the remarks.

Trump, however, apparently sensed his own leverage and started demanding that Congress agree to tack on $5 billion for the border wall.

InsultsOn the media

After polls put his approval ratings at historic lows, Trump slams them as 'fake news'

President Trump commented on the results of two polls that put his approval ratings at historic lows.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found Trump's overall approval rating to be 40%, the lowest at this stage of a new president's tenure in the survey's history, according to an accompanying NBC News report.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll put Trump's approval rating at 42%, the lowest recorded at this stage of a presidency since 1945, a release states.

As the president noted, the polls did contain some good news.

Of the Washington Post/ABC News poll respondents who reported voting for Trump in the 2016 election, just 2% said they regretted their decision, while 96% said it was the right thing to do. (In comparison, only 85% of those who reported voting for Hillary Clinton said they'd vote the same way if the election were held again today).

And the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found a good deal of support for Trump's recent military strike in Syria, with 62% of respondents saying they were in favor of the action.

Trump has taken to Twitter to vent about poll results in the past.

On Sunday, he tweeted that the Washington Post/ABC News poll results were "very good considering that much of the media is FAKE."

Last Monday, he shared the results of the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential poll, noting that it put his approval rating at 50%.

And in February, he tweeted, "any negative polls are fake news."

 

Daily summary

Trump's day in tweets: Sunday, April 23

An activist is detained in Henin-Beaumont, France, where far-right candidate Marine Le Pen voted during the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday. (Michel Spingler / Associated Press)
An activist is detained in Henin-Beaumont, France, where far-right candidate Marine Le Pen voted during the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday. (Michel Spingler / Associated Press)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • France's presidential election
  • His gratitude toward Lake Worth, Fla.
  • A threat to withhold funding for Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies
  • A call for Democrats to agree to include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in the upcoming spending bill
  • An assurance that Mexico will still pay for the border wall
  • The results of a Washington Post/ABC News poll

Trump did not tweet about:

InsultsOn the media

Trump on new poll results: 'Would still beat Hillary'

President Trump commented on the results of a Washington Post/ABC News poll in which 53% of respondents characterized him as a strong leader.

The poll also put Trump's overall approval rating at 42%. That's the lowest recorded at this stage of a presidency since 1945, according to a release accompanying the results.

Of the poll respondents who said they cast a ballot in the 2016 election, 43% said they voted for Trump and 46% for Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

Of the self-reported Trump voters, just 2% said they regretted their decision, while 96% said it was the right thing to do.

But when it came to those who reported voting for Clinton, only 85% said they'd vote the same way if the election were held again today.

That doesn't mean all of them would vote for Trump: only 2% said they'd do so, while the others said they'd vote for a different candidate or abstain completely.

Still, the difference in support means that Trump would win over Clinton, 43% to 40%, in a hypothetical rematch among poll respondents who said they voted in the 2016 election, the release notes.

In the actual 2016 election, Trump won the electoral college but lost the popular vote to Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, or about two percentage points.

Domestic policyForeign policyImmigration

In brewing budget showdown, Trump wants money for border wall (but still says Mexico will pay)

The White House urged lawmakers Sunday to make progress this week on a high-profile issue such as healthcare or tax reform – or at least to avoid the disruption and embarrassment of a federal government shutdown Friday, a day before President Trump marks his first 100 days in office.

But Trump’s hopes for a tangible win before Saturday’s symbolic milestone appear snagged in a brewing showdown over his efforts to get Congress to also provide up to $5 billion to start building a massive and hugely expensive wall on the Southwest border.

That fight could leave the White House with the unpalatable choice of allowing a government shutdown after money runs out Friday, or publicly backing away from a confrontation with Democrats who have adamantly refused to add border-wall money into a stopgap spending bill.

Throughout his campaign, Trump has insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall, which is likely to cost tens of billions of dollars. 

Mexican officials have repeatedly and angrily rejected Trump’s demand. President Enrique Peña Nieto abruptly canceled a planned visit to the White House over the dispute early in Trump’s term and relations remain fraught.

Domestic policyHealthcare

Trump threatens to withhold funding for Obamacare insurance subsidies

President Trump has sought to pivot from last month’s stunning collapse of Republican efforts to bring a GOP-authored healthcare measure to the House floor to replace Obamacare. Republican infighting derailed the effort, and GOP leaders in the House pulled the bill before a vote to avoid a humiliating loss.

Although far-right and moderate Republicans apparently have not resolved their disputes over what a new health plan should contain, the president has said he wants a House vote in the coming week.

He sought on Sunday to put pressure on the Democrats by renewing a threat to withhold funding for insurance subsidies.

Democrats, in turn, say they have zero interest in helping Trump eviscerate a healthcare bill that Democrats had sought for decades and has helped provide health insurance to more than 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010.

The White House has not put forward its own healthcare plan, and Trump has given little guidance as to what he thinks should be in the House plan — or how he would then get it past the Senate, where the likely House bill would face strong opposition.

On Sunday, Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, sought to de-emphasize the notion that a vote had to come before Saturday’s 100-day mark, saying that it did not matter it it came “Friday or Saturday or Monday.”

Accolades

Why did Trump thank Lake Worth, Fla.?

President Trump is grateful for Lake Worth, Fla. Trump thanked the Palm Beach County city in a tweet Sunday morning.

Trump didn’t say why he was thanking the city, but the tweet was probably inspired by supporters who praised the president in a 10 a.m. Sunday live segment, from Lake Worth, on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends After The Show Show.”

The segment featured Fox News correspondent Ed Henry’s appearance at Benny’s on the Beach, a South Ocean Boulevard restaurant. Henry, known to be a huge baseball fan, was there to promote his new book “42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story.”

The live report showed Henry, before he was scheduled to read an excerpt from the book, thanking his colleagues in the Fox News studio before saying the “real story” is that Benny’s is not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, and that a lot of Trump supporters had come out and wanted to share their opinions as the administration nears its 100th day.

Foreign policy

Trump has been watching France's presidential election

President Trump commented on the fiercely contested, scandal-hit French presidential election, which ended as predicted Sunday with a first-round victory for centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, according to projected results.

Trump's comment came two days after he tweeted about a Paris shooting that he had been quick to label a terrorist attack, saying that the latest scare in the French capital would “have a big effect” on the election.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Trump said he believed the attack would "probably help" Le Pen, though he stopped short of explicitly endorsing her.

Le Pen ran on an anti-globalization, anti-immigrant platform, and wants France to follow Britain’s lead and depart the European Union — which would probably be the European Union’s death knell.

Daily summary

Trump's day in tweets: Saturday, April 22

 (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)
(Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • Fox News segments on Chicago's municipal identification program and a meeting between U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
  • His visit to Walter Reed Medical Center for a Purple Heart ceremony
  • A rally he'll hold in Pennsylvania on the 100th day of his presidency
  • His planned announcement on tax reform
  • Environmental preservation and his belief that economic growth enhances it

Trump did not tweet about:

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On Earth Day, Trump says he's committed to preservation. His record doesn't support that

To mark Earth Day, President Trump said that his administration was "committed to preserving the natural beauty of our nation."

But Trump's record does not appear to support the suggestion that environmental protection is among his administration's top priorities.

Days after he was sworn into office, Trump moved to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects.

In February, he issued an order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to set about dismantling the Waters of the United States rule, a far-reaching anti-pollution effort enacted by President Obama that expanded the authority of regulators over the nation’s waterways and wetlands. 

He also appointed as head of the EPA former Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic who has for years been an ardent critic of the department.

The following month, Trump ordered the EPA to dismantle Obama's Clean Power Plan to cut emissions at power plants, which had been the foundation of the United States' leadership on confronting global warming.

And in Trump's proposed budget released March 16, the EPA is targeted for some of his most drastic cuts. Its budget would be shrunk by nearly a third, and its workforce would drop to 12,000 from 15,000. Another 50 smaller environmental programs are also targeted for outright elimination, including the 25-year-old Energy Star appliance efficiency program.

Trump later couched his statement by saying that, while he's committed to preservation, "economic growth enhances environmental protection."

Trump's tweets coincided with the staging of March for Science rallies in 500 cities around the world, also as a nod to Earth Day. 

Though the marches made a political point — calling on elected officials and policymakers to fund science that enhances the common good and to rely on scientific evidence when making decisions on behalf of the country — they were intended to be nonpartisan.

Domestic policyHis schedule

Trump continues to tease 'big' tax announcement

President Trump continued to tease his planned announcement on tax reform.

His tweet echoed remarks he made during an appearance at the Treasury Department on Friday, when he said he would have a “big announcement” on tax reform on Wednesday. 

Trump provided no details during his Treasury appearance, but earlier Friday told the Associated Press that his proposal would contain “a massive tax cut” for businesses and individuals.

The New York Times reported that Trump's announcement of the accelerated timeline came as a surprise to his own Treasury officials.

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said Monday that the Trump administration is unlikely to meet its self-declared August deadline for enacting tax reform.

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Trump announces he'll mark 100 days in office with a rally in Pennsylvania

President Trump announced plans to mark his 100th day in office with a rally in Pennsylvania.

Trump hits 100 days on April 29 — next Saturday. 

April 29 is also the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington.

Most presidents attend the event. Trump previously announced that he is boycotting this year's dinner to protest what he says is unfavorable coverage by the news media. His staff is also boycotting in a show of "solidarity" with the president.

Trump's campaign later announced that the rally will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

The day before, Trump scoffed at the 100-day benchmark, tweeting that it was a "ridiculous standard" by which to measure his success.

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Trump awards Purple Heart during visit to Walter Reed

President Trump visited Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday and awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan.

The medal went to Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos, who was wounded in action on March 17 in Afghanistan during what is now America's longest war. The White House did not release Barrientos' hometown.

The Purple Heart is awarded to service members who are wounded or killed in action.

Besides Barrientos, Trump met privately with about a dozen service members who are receiving care at the military hospital.

His decision to allow news media coverage of the medal ceremony was in sharp contrast to former President Obama, who awarded Purple Heart medals during his own regular visits to Walter Reed but always did so behind closed doors.

Domestic policyForeign policyImmigrationOn the media

Trump shares Fox News segments

President Trump retweeted two messages sent by the Twitter account of Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

The first linked to a video segment on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to create a municipal identification card for people living in the United States illegally.

The proposal, which the Fox segment described as "a new plan to hide illegal immigrants from the feds," received preliminary approval earlier in the week.

Chicago was one of nine jurisdictions that on Friday received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice asking for proof of cooperation with immigration enforcement and warning that it risks losing federal grants.

The second message Trump retweeted linked to a report on a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that took place in Jerusalem on Friday.

Citing the U.S. missile strike in Syria, Netanyahu told reporters that Israel “senses a great change in the direction of American policy.” He called the change a "welcome" one.

Daily summary

Trump's day in tweets: Friday, April 21

President Trump walks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday, April 21. (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump walks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday, April 21. (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  • A Fox News report on a New York Times editor's apology for tweeting a photo that suggested a smaller turnout for a White House Super Bowl celebration with Trump than one two years ago with President Obama
  • His prediction that a shooting in Paris will "have a big effect" on France's presidential election
  • The 100-day mark of his presidency, which he decried as a "ridiculous standard," and his belief that the media will portray him unkindly regardless of his accomplishments
  • China's ability to "solve the North Korean problem"
  • A "welcome home" to freed Egyptian aid worker Aya Hijazi
  • His executive order directing the Treasury Department to review significant changes to the tax code enacted last year
  • A highlight reel of the White House Super Bowl celebration

Trump did not tweet about:

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Trump shares highlight reel of Patriots' visit

President Trump shared a video of highlights from the New England Patriots' White House visit celebrating the team's Super Bowl win.

Though the team was also welcomed to the White House after Super Bowl wins in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015, Trump suggested he was the first president to grant a tour of the White House residence.

Trump has particularly close ties to the Patriots, counting owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick as friends.

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