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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.

Domestic policy

Trump says U.S. military is growing: 'Frankly, we have no choice'

President Trump tweeted about the growth of the U.S. military, which he described as a necessity.

The comment comes after North Korea put its long-range missiles on display in Pyongyang during a military show on Saturday. A missile test later that day failed shortly after launch.

That prompted a stern warning from Trump's senior security advisor, H.R. McMaster, who said Sunday that the president "will take action" if North Korea continues to threaten the United States.

The U.S. has already carried out two notable military actions in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, the Air Force dropped the most powerful nonnuclear bomb in its arsenal on a cave and tunnel complex that it said was used by Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan.

The week before that, the U.S. launched a missile strike against an airfield in Syria in retaliation for a gruesome poison gas attack that U.S. officials said was carried out by President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Trump hasn't disclosed an overarching vision or strategy when it comes to the armed forces, but his budget blueprint unveiled in February proposes a $54-billion increase in defense spending.

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