Donald Trump's noteworthy tweets as president

By Edward B. Colby

President Donald Trump uses Twitter to break news, feud with critics and even conduct diplomacy. It can be hard to keep up with the prolific 45th president — so we're keeping track of @realDonaldTrump's latest noteworthy tweets.

They include his call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the "Rigged Witch Hunt," a prediction about the demise of the news media, his statement that "Collusion...

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President Donald Trump uses Twitter to break news, feud with critics and even conduct diplomacy. It can be hard to keep up with the prolific 45th president — so we're keeping track of @realDonaldTrump's latest noteworthy tweets.

They include his call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the "Rigged Witch Hunt," a prediction about the demise of the news media, his statement that "Collusion is not a crime," his denial about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower and an all-caps warning to the Iranian president.

With Newsday staff and The Associated Press

Trump calls for Sessions to 'stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now'

The president called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference on Aug. 1, 2018. Sessions recused himself from the probe last year.

'The Fake News Media,' Trump predicts, 'will be gone!' in 7 years

The president tweeted on July 31, 2018, that by the time he is no longer in office, the news media "will be gone!"

Trump comes out against '3-D Plastic Guns'

After this tweet, a judge blocked the imminent online release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns with a temporary restraining order on July 31, 2018.


'Collusion is not a crime,' and the only collusion was by Democrats

Trump alleges he and Mueller 'had a very nasty & contentious business relationship'

Trump's Twitter attack on special counsel Robert Mueller on July 29, 2018, included the allegation that they "had a very nasty & contentious business relationship." "That apparently refers to a dispute over fees at Trump's Virginia golf club," Newsday's The 1600 wrote.

Trump raises possibility of government shutdown over the Wall

Trump alchemy: 'Fake News' has become 'Enemy of the People'

A.G. Sulzberger said in a statement that he took the meeting primarily "to raise concerns about the president's deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric," and told Trump "that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous."

The New York Times publisher said he told Trump that while his "fake news" phrase "is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists 'the enemy of the people.' I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence," Sulzberger said in his response to Trump's tweet later on July 29, 2018.

Trump on consequences of crossing the border illegally

President Trump's warning of consequences came three days after the government said July 26, 2018, that it had reunited more than 1,800 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border with parents and sponsors. That includes 1,442 children ages 5 and older reunified with parents in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, and 378 released "in other appropriate circumstances," including to other sponsors, the Justice Department said in a court filing. But 711 children remain separated, the filing said.

'The U.S. Economy grew at the amazing rate of 4.1%!'

A growth rate of 4.1 percent is notably high for the United States.

'I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr.'

Could Trump's tweets put him in legal jeopardy?

Above on Friday, July 27, 2018, the president denied knowing in advance about the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that his son Donald Trump Jr., campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner attended with a Russian lawyer. Trump's campaign had been told the lawyer had dirt on Hillary Clinton to share.

Important backdrop: CNN reported Thursday that Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, claims that Trump knew in advance about the meeting -- and that he was willing to share that information with special counsel Robert Mueller. Also Thursday: The New York Times reported that Mueller is scrutinizing Trump tweets and negative statements from him about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former FBI Director James Comey. He is investigating the tweets and other presidential actions as a possible obstruction case, the Times reported.

On Russia: 'They definitely don’t want Trump!'

'Tariffs are the greatest!'

This Trump tweet of July 24, 2018, brings together key trade themes -- the idea that the United States has been treated unfairly, that of the "piggy bank" and that tariffs are the way to go. It exudes optimism, but on the same day the Trump administration announced it will provide $12 billion in emergency relief to help farmers and ranchers hurt by foreign retaliation to his tariffs.


Employing confrontational rhetoric reminiscent of his "fire and fury" words to North Korea, President Trump fired off this all-caps warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on July 22, 2018. It followed a speech by Rouhani in Tehran in which he warned that Americans "must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace," state television reported.

Trump finds it 'inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client'

Trump responded here to the disclosure of a secret recording made by his then-personal attorney, Michael Cohen, of their conversation before the presidential election about a potential payment for ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal's account of having an affair with Trump. "The transaction that Michael is talking about on the tape never took place," Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said.

The recording was first reported by The New York Times the day before Trump's tweet on July 20, 2018. Trump's first sentence refers to the FBI's raids of Cohen's office, home and hotel room in April.

Putin and 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' in one tweet

On Putin: 'We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match'

Pre-Putin summit, Trump criticizes 'many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity'

President Trump tweeted these words before his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki later on July 16, 2018. "We agree," Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded.

Trump tweets about resignation of scandal-plagued EPA chief

'I capitalize certain words only for emphasis, not b/c they should be capitalized!'


Trump says immediately return illegal immigrants 'with no Judges or Court Cases'

On June 24, 2018, the president argued that immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally should not get due process. In the next sentence he referred to "Law and Order."

These tweets came four days after he signed an executive order halting the separation of children from parents when they are detained illegally crossing the border, following an uproar.

Trump distills his view of 'strong borders' and the apparent alternative

Democrats want illegal immigrants 'to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13'

'The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration' rocks coalition

Trump says 'war games' move was his request

Trump is referring to his decision at the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to suspend a major military exercise with South Korea. His decision apparently came without consultations with the U.S. ally or the Pentagon.

President Trump praises his supporters — a minority of the country

On Comey: 'I did a great service to the people in firing him'

Trump tweeted these messages the morning after a much-anticipated report by the Justice Department watchdog landed on June 14, 2018. Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report sharply criticized former FBI Director James Comey for making "insubordinate" and "ad hoc" decisions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but it "found no evidence that the conclusions by department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations."

FBI agent Peter Strzok had a leading role in the Clinton probe and helped steer the Russia investigation, but was removed from it in the summer of 2017 after his texts with FBI attorney Lisa Page were discovered. Strzok later told Congress that his "we'll stop" text was written in response to a series of events that included Trump insulting the Gold Star Khan family, and his presumption "based on that horrible, disgusting behavior" that Americans would not elect someone demonstrating that behavior as president. (C-SPAN has video of the Strzok hearing here.)

Speaking later on June 15, Trump declared that the report showed that the FBI "plotted against my election." He also claimed that it cleared him in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, though Horowitz did not address that.

Back from Singapore, 'the thought process must sadly go back to the Witch Hunt ...'

'There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea'

The bottom message here was the most noteworthy of President Trump's congratulatory tweets after his unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

'The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the U.S., say the haters & losers'

Trump calls Trudeau 'Very dishonest & weak'

The G-7 summit in Canada ended in acrimony as President Trump - who left early - responded to remarks by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by attacking him and pulling back the United States' endorsement of the summit communique from Air Force One on June 9, 2018. (Read Trudeau's exact comments here.)

A Trudeau spokesman did not address Trump's insults in a statement, but noted, "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before -- both in public, and in private conversations with the President."

'So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave'

Nunes 'a true American Patriot the likes of which we rarely see in our modern day world'

Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, has been a close partisan ally of Trump as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which traditionally has operated in a more bipartisan fashion than under his tenure. California's primary was held on June 5, 2018, when Trump sent this tweet.

Trump blames Sessions for 'Russian Witch Hunt Hoax'

'The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!'

'I have the absolute right to PARDON myself,' Trump claims, but 'I have done nothing wrong'

This extraordinary assertion of presidential power on June 4, 2018, increased the stakes of the unfolding Mueller investigation, and the Trump team's response to it, even more. Legal scholars are split on whether the president could pardon himself -- something which has never been tested.

'Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning'

This tweet hinting at positive news in the monthly jobs report broke with longstanding protocol on the morning of June 1, 2018.

'Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today'

'Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia!'

Why Trump fired Comey matters greatly -- and in May 2017 he told NBC News' Lester Holt that "this Russia thing" was on his mind when he decided to fire the FBI director. Follow our project tracking notable departures from the Trump administration here.

Iger 'never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements' on ABC

After ABC canceled its hit show "Roseanne" for a racist tweet by star Roseanne Barr, President Trump used his Twitter platform not to comment on what she said, but to seek an apology to himself from Bob Iger, the CEO of ABC's parent company Disney. This post on May 30, 2018, was followed by another the next day that began, "Iger, where is my call of apology?"

Trump: Mueller probe 'will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections'

Trump has repeatedly referred to special counsel Robert Mueller's team as "13 Angry Democrats," though Mueller is a Republican. He served as FBI director from 2001 to 2013, during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Multiple lawyers on Mueller's team donated to Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton, before signing on for the assignment.

Trump, on Memorial Day, obscures focus on the fallen

President Trump said things you would expect a president to say on Memorial Day in 2018. He also said this.

'North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day'

Trump evokes the young and beautiful 'with stars in their eyes'

Trump urges end of 'horrible law' that's not a law

The "horrible law" Trump falsely referred to on May 26, 2018, is in fact a tactic increasingly being used by his own administration, after it recently announced a "zero-tolerance policy" in which it will press criminal charges against all people crossing the border illegally. As a result, more children are expected to be separated from their parents. Six hundred and fifty-eight children were separated from their parents at the border May 6-19 as the parents face charges, a Customs and Border Protection official said.

And on the next day, North Korea summit again a possibility

In Trump's world, little is set in stone.

'Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong Un'

President Trump canceled his June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in this letter on May 24, 2018. The letter explaining his reasons was released well before this tweet was posted, at 12:18 p.m.

'Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State'

The president stepped up his attacks on investigators looking into ties between his campaign and Russia on May 23, 2018, as he continued to push his allegation that the FBI placed a spy in his campaign. The allegation stems from reports that the FBI used an outside informant, a Cambridge University professor, to meet with Trump campaign aides as part of the bureau's then-nascent probe on Russian election interference. In another tweet a short time later, Trump wrote, "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!"

Former FBI Director James Comey responded to Trump's claims with a tweet of his own. "Facts matter. The FBI's use of Confidential Human Sources (the actual term) is tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country. Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country," Comey wrote. "How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?"

'I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow ...'

This tweet landed like a bombshell on May 20, 2018, as President Trump -- who previously threatened to get involved in the Justice Department, which normally operates independently of the president -- pressured the DOJ at a new level. The post culminated a tweetstorm in which Trump railed against special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Trump's actions are being scrutinized in the probe -- and with this tweet he demanded an investigation of the investigators. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller, responded Sunday with a deflecting maneuver.

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