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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After 11 days of honor guards, dancing children, palace banquets, deference from Asian leaders and an audience with an emperor, President Trump on Monday seemed determined not to spoil the pomp and ceremony with a sticky dispute over human rights.
So as he met in Manila with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, a leader accused of overseeing a broad crackdown on suspected drug dealers that has left thousands of people dead without charges or trials, Trump ignored reporters’ questions about human rights and instead focused on the hospitality.
"We've had a great relationship," Trump said as he and Duterte, host of this year's summit of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations, briefly met with reporters.
Trump tweeted a photo of himself standing alongside Duterte and other world leaders who attended the summit.
The president is wrapping up the last leg of his five-country tour of Asia, which included stops in China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.
At the start of a joint meeting Monday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump raved about his accomplishments during his trip, including on trade and North Korea. He said he would wait until his return to Washington on Wednesday to elaborate with a "major statement."
"We've made some very big steps with regard to trade — far bigger than anything you know," Trump told reporters in Manila, touting business deals forged between U.S. and foreign companies.
He followed up with a tweet pledging that items on his agenda "are rapidly being fulfilled."
On Tuesday, Trump was to attend a second conference, the annual East Asia Summit, before returning to Washington late that night.
A packed agenda awaits. In addition to Trump's promised statement on trade – the White House has suggested the president may designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism – Republicans are racing to enact a tax overhaul before the end of the year. The House is pushing toward a vote on its bill this week, and a Senate committee began considering its own version of the legislation on Monday.
–This post contains reporting from Times staff writer Noah Bierman and the Associated Press.