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 publicly contradicted a major policy position of his administration Thursday — the second time he did so in a week in which the White House has sought to beat back questions about his stability and grasp of policy details.
The incident provided a new and striking example of the contradiction between Trump’s dueling identities as an individual often guided by impulses, grievances and what he sees on television and Trump the president, responsible for taking a broader view of government and security issues.
The events began Thursday morning when Trump sent a tweet that rattled the national security community and Republican lawmakers, nearly derailing a vote in the House on one of the administration’s top national security priorities — renewing the National Security Agency’s broad authority to conduct surveillance of foreigners, without warrants, including those communicating with U.S. citizens:
The bill eventually passed the House, 256-164, but only after Speaker Paul D. Ryan and others intervened with Trump, prompting him to send a second tweet that partly walked back his earlier criticism of the surveillance law:
The extension of surveillance authority still faces uncertainty in the Senate, where Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, has threatened a filibuster.
Trump’s initial tweet insisted, angrily and contrary to all known evidence, that the NSA’s surveillance program might have been used to spy on his campaign during the 2016 election.
The tweet came shortly after “Fox & Friends,” Trump’s favorite program and a frequent inspiration for his Twitter account, aired a segment in which Andrew Napolitano, a commentator, offered scathing criticism of the surveillance program.
“Mr. President, this is not the way to go,” he said, looking at the camera:
White House officials would not say whether Napolitano’s comment prompted Trump’s tweet.
Trump also tweeted about several other topics covered during Thursday morning’s episode of “Fox & Friends.”
He waded back into the controversy surrounding a dossier of salacious allegations about his ties to Russia, tweeting a series of questions about the document’s provenance:
That followed a “Fox & Friends” segment speculating about whether the FBI used information in the dossier as a pretext to spy on Trump’s presidential campaign.
It featured an appearance from Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway:
Trump also touted a new Quinnipiac poll that shows 66% of voters feel the economy is excellent or good:
That too was discussed during Conway’s interview:
Trump also tweeted what appeared to be a direct quote from “Fox & Friends” reporting a 45-year low in illegal immigration. He appended the show’s Twitter handle to his message:
The statistic was cited by the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, who appeared on “Fox & Friends” to discuss a series of federal immigration actions staged Wednesday at 7-Eleven locations across the nation:
“Under this president, we had a 45-year low in illegal immigration on the border this year,” Homan said. “That is not a coincidence. He is successful, he has allowed us to do our job.”
Trump appeared to be watching “Fox & Friends” again later Thursday.
In a tweet sent more than 12 hours after he wrapped up his early-morning volley of messages, Trump quoted from a segment featuring Adam Levine, a contributor to blog the Federalist:
Levine appeared on the show to discuss an op-ed he penned for the Federalist on how it was more difficult for him to come out as a Trump supporter than it was to tell his family and friends that he is gay.
Trump also renewed his attack against Sen. Dianne Feinstein after Fox News reported that the San Francisco Democrat had “seemed to blame a 'bad cold'” for her decision to release testimony from the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm behind the notorious dossier.
In a tweet, Trump wrote that Feinstein’s move was “very disrespectful” to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee “and possibly illegal:”
Feinstein has said that she didn't do anything illegal: She had the ability to release the transcripts as the top Democrat on the committee, and her staff helped conduct the interview.
Republicans have argued that the tangled history of Fusion GPS’s research — it was first backed by anti-Trump Republicans and then by Democrats during the 2016 race — raised doubts about the credibility of investigations into whether any of Trump’s aides assisted Russia’s efforts to meddle in the election.
Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday that she released the testimony to counteract “innuendo and misinformation” about the co-founder’s testimony.
—This post contains reporting from Times staff writers Noah Bierman, Lisa Mascaro, Chris Megerian, David S. Cloud, Joseph Tanfani and Alex Wigglesworth.