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 urged any U.S. residents still in Hurricane Irma's path Saturday to "just get out of its way" and not worry about possessions, as he monitored the powerful storm's advance on Florida from the secluded Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.
Irma was expected to strike the Florida Keys at daybreak Sunday.
Trump called Irma "a storm of enormous destructive power" and asked "everyone in the storm's path to heed ALL instructions."
"Property is replaceable but lives are not and safety has to come first," Trump said at a Cabinet meeting at the Maryland retreat, where he was spending the weekend with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump. "Don't worry about it. Just get out of its way."
Trump shared a brief video of his remarks on Twitter:
Trump said that the United States is grieving for those who were killed by Irma even before the hurricane reached the U.S. mainland. The storm left more than 20 people dead in the Caribbean. He said his administration is monitoring the situation "around the clock" and is in "constant communication" with governors and other officials from the affected areas.
"We've never seen anything like this," Trump said, pledging — as he did after Hurricane Harvey — that recovery and rebuilding would happen quickly.
Trump has been receiving regular briefings on both Irma and Jose, another hurricane in the Atlantic, along with updates on recovery and relief efforts that continue in southeast Texas and Louisiana after Harvey, the White House said. Harvey brought record rainfall and severe flooding to Houston and surrounding areas of the Texas Gulf Coast in late August before it moved on to Louisiana.
Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was scheduled Saturday to brief Trump and his advisors on the storms.
The president and first lady invited members of the Cabinet and their spouses to Camp David for the weekend, the White House said. It marked Trump's fourth visit to the retreat. He met there in August with members of his national security team, but Saturday was the first time he had hosted the entire Cabinet there, including Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, who turned 67 on Friday.
In a bit of deja vu, Trump was at Camp David when Harvey struck Texas last month.