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 arrived in the Philippines ahead of another controversial moment in his five-nation Asia tour — a scheduled meeting with Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president, who has a history of human rights abuses.
Trump had an initial encounter with Duterte in Manila on Sunday, exchanging handshakes and toasts with him at a gala dinner opening an international conference.
Trump and Duterte will discuss "trade and investment, innovation, addressing cybercrime, countering radicalization, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, protection and promotion of rights for migrant workers,” Robespierre Bolivar, spokesman for the Philippine foreign ministry, said on Friday.
Philippine police, at Duterte's direction, have killed thousands of people accused of drug crimes without trials, incurring condemnations from human rights groups, the United Nations, the U.S. Congress and the European Union.
There are no signs that Trump will press Duterte on the killings — the White House, in advance of the trip, said Trump enjoys a “warm rapport” with the Philippine leader.
Duterte was in Vietnam on Friday along with Trump and other regional leaders for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, where Duterte made news after saying he killed someone when he was as young as 16. He had previously bragged about killing suspected criminals in Davao, where he had served as mayor.
Trump's time in Vietnam was largely overshadowed by his comments defending Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also attended the summit, from charges that the Russian government meddled in last year’s U.S. elections.
Trump's reluctance to publicly accept intelligence assessments that Russia sought to sway the 2016 vote in his favor drew strong condemnation from lawmakers and national security officials back in the United States.
Also while in Vietnam, Trump taunted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a tweet mocking his physical appearance.
Trump was apparently insulted that the Kim regime had called him "an old lunatic" in a statement responding to Trump's condemnation of the North during a speech he delivered in South Korea on Tuesday.
–This post contains reporting from Times staff writers Noah Bierman, Jonathan Kaiman and Laura King.