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: 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:

Accolades

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.

AccoladesHis schedule

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.

AccoladesHis schedule

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:

AccoladesHis schedule

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.

Domestic policy

Trump promotes executive order aimed at reducing tax burdens

President Trump signed an executive order directing Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin to review significant changes to the tax code since the start of 2016 to determine whether they “impose an undue financial burden on American taxpayers,” “add undue complexity” or “exceed statutory authority,” the White House said.

That review will include rules enacted by the Obama administration to crack down on so-called inversions in which companies shift their headquarters abroad to reduce their U.S. tax bills, Mnuchin told reporters Friday.

During an appearance at the Treasury Department, Trump also signed two presidential memos ordering six-month reviews of the 2010 law’s authority for regulators to designate large firms as a risk to the financial system and to try to shut them down with minimal collateral damage if they’re on the verge of failing, the White House said.

Accolades

Trump welcomes Aya Hijazi, aid worker freed from Egyptian jail

Free after having been detained in an Egyptian jail for nearly three years, Aya Hijazi was welcomed to the Oval Office on Friday in what the Trump administration cast as a diplomatic triumph.

Hijazi, a dual American Egyptian citizen who founded a non-governmental organization to help Egyptian street children, was imprisoned in 2014 on what U.S. officials and human rights advocates said were unsubstantiated charges of human trafficking.

After multiple delays, Hijazi's case finally was heard in an Egyptian court Sunday and she and her co-defendants were acquitted. She returned to the United States on Thursday on a U.S. government plane, accompanied by deputy national security advisor Dina Powell.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday said Trump and his team had "worked behind the scenes" to bring her home.

Trump's recent welcome of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi, who has been widely criticized for cracking down on dissent and freedom of expression in his country, marked a significant thaw in relations between the U.S. and Egypt.

Foreign policy

Trump on China: 'If they want to solve the North Korean problem, they will'

President Trump continued to discuss China's potential to help the United States deal with North Korea.

China is North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, and Trump has suggested the country could play a key role in pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear program.

Trump's tweet echoed comments he made at a news conference the day before, when he cryptically referred to "some very unusual moves" made by the Chinese that he indicated were intended to pressure North Korea to back away from missile tests and its nuclear program.

Weeks after he and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump repeated that he had told Xi that China could secure more favorable economic deals with the U.S. if it would "get rid of this menace" on its doorstep.

Trump also suggested that China was working with his administration on a North Korean solution earlier in the week. In a tweet sent on Sunday, he linked China's assistance to his retreat from his campaign promise to label the country a currency manipulator.

Domestic policyInsultsOn the media

Trump calls 100-day mark 'ridiculous standard.' He didn't always feel that way

As he neared 100 days in office, President Trump called the benchmark "ridiculous" and suggested the media would portray him unkindly no matter how much he accomplished.

The abbreviation "S.C." appears to refer to Trump's Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, whose confirmation delivered a much-needed political victory to the president.

Less victorious were Trump's bids to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, block travelers from several Muslim-majority countries and enact tax reform by a self-imposed August deadline.

It appears that Trump didn't always find the 100-day mark unrealistic. Toward the end of his presidential campaign, he released a document titled, "Donald Trump's Contract with the American Voter," which touted a "100-day action plan to Make America Great Again."

The Washington Post has been tracking each of the 60 promises listed in the document, and has found that, 92 days into Trump's presidency, just five had been kept (11 had been launched, and 36 were not yet rated).

Foreign policy

Did Trump just implicitly endorse Marine Le Pen?

Commenting again on a Paris shooting that he had been quick to label a terrorist attack, President Trump said Friday that the latest scare in the French capital would “have a big effect” on presidential elections set for this weekend.

The statement, like many of the president’s social media postings, is open to interpretation: Was it just conjecture, political punditry or an implicit endorsement of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who has called for a crackdown at France’s borders as part of an anti-terrorism policy?

On the media

Trump shares Fox News report on New York Times photo flap

President Trump retweeted a message from Fox News' "Fox & Friends" linking to a segment that recapped a flap over a photo tweeted by the New York Times two days before.

The image suggested a significantly smaller turnout for a Super Bowl celebration at the White House with Trump than one two years ago with President Obama.

The segment noted that the New York Times' sports editor issued a statement in which he apologized and took full responsibility for sharing the photo.

Still, as the report also noted, that didn't stop Trump from calling out the paper in an angry tweet.

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