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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.

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Trump tweets that his approval rating is the same as Obama's. It's not

President Trump claimed in a tweet Friday morning that he is “approximately” as popular as his predecessor. Most polls indicate that is not accurate.

Citing a “Fox & Friends” report, Trump boasted that his job approval rating on Dec. 28 was about the same as that enjoyed by former President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009.

Trump was referring to the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, which on Thursday put his approval rating at 46%. The poll had shown Obama’s approval rating to be 47% on the same date in 2009.

But Rasmussen surveys tend to show more favorable results for conservative candidates. The tracking poll has consistently shown Trump’s approval rating to be higher than most other polls, and during Obama’s presidency, it consistently showed his approval rating to be lower.

According to data from all the major national polls aggregated by Real Clear Politics, Trump’s approval rating averaged 39.3%, as of Thursday. Obama’s approval average was 49.9% on the same date in 2009.

Trump fired off a nearly identical tweet in mid-June, when Rasmussen Reports put his approval rating at 50%. At that time, his approval average, per Real Clear Politics, was a full 10 points lower.

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