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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 hails stock market, remains defiant in face of Russia revelations

President Trump on Saturday used Twitter to champion the economy while decrying as a "hoax" recent revelations regarding contacts between Russian officials and members of his presidential campaign team.

Last weekend, the New York Times reported that Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., had met during the 2016 campaign with Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Trump Jr. initially downplayed the political nature of the meeting, telling the paper that it had primarily concerned adoptions.

But on Monday, it was revealed that the intermediary who set up the meeting described Veselnitskaya as having access to Russian government information that could be used against Clinton as part of an effort to aid Trump's campaign. 

The following day, Trump Jr. released his email correspondence with the intermediary, which showed that he was eager to receive the information. He tweeted the emails after learning they would be published by the New York Times.

On Friday, reports emerged that a Soviet-born Washington lobbyist who once served in a Soviet Army counterintelligence unit also was present at the meeting.

The lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, said that Veselnitskaya had given documents to Trump Jr.; Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. She said the papers described illicit foreign donations to the Democratic National Committee, Akhmetshin said.

Despite those disclosures, which caused stock indexes to veer sharply lower for a brief time Tuesday, the stock market posted its third straight day of gains Friday, with the Standard & Poor's 500 index, Dow Jones industrial average and Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks each setting records.

-- This post contains reporting from David S. Cloud, Joseph Tanfani and the Associated Press

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