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.
Trump to Rouhani: 'NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN' or else
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!'
'SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!'
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.
Trump commemorates anniversary of Mueller's appointment
'Too many jobs in China lost'
Here President Trump went to bat for Chinese jobs and a telecom company, ZTE, that was previously sanctioned by the Commerce Department for selling equipment to North Korea and Iran. The department also banned the shipment of American technology to ZTE for seven years and barred it from selling its products in the U.S. for the same amount of time.
Trump announces Pompeo en route with 3 freed Americans
This tweet was one of a series the president posted about the return of three Americans freed by North Korea. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured the prisoners' release in Pyongyang after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the Trump-Kim summit, and Trump and others welcomed them home with a still-of-the-night arrival ceremony at Joint Base Andrews. Trump thanked Kim for releasing the three men, and said he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearization.
'The Iran Deal is defective at its core'
On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced one of his weightiest foreign policy decisions to date, announcing the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. "The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them," Trump says in this highlights video posted on Twitter. It contains music that you may find dissonant, or a call to arms.
Trump acknowledges reimbursing Cohen $130,000 for Daniels payment
Here the president changed course on May 3, 2018, after denying any knowledge of a $130,000 payment by his lawyer Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016. Trump acknowledged reimbursing the $130,000 to Cohen, revealing that he had paid him "a monthly retainer," and saying that the nondisclosure agreement with Daniels (a.k.a. Stephanie Clifford) "was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair." The tweets came the morning after Trump's new personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, disclosed in a Fox News interview Wednesday that Trump had reimbursed Cohen with money "funneled through a law firm."
Trump threatens 'to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!'
The backdrop to this tweet on May 2, 2018: a dispute between the Justice Department and pro-Trump House members demanding documents related to Mueller's probe. Trump's message echoes his unfounded claims that the presidential election was rigged against him -- and foreshadows his "I hereby demand" tweet of May 20.
'It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!'
The president gave an insight into his understanding of obstruction of justice on May 1, 2018, as he angrily protested a leaked list of questions that special counsel Robert Mueller may want to ask him, which were published by The New York Times. Trump called the leak "So disgraceful" in a tweet earlier that morning.
President says he supports congressional term limits
Trump proposes, sort of, site for summit with Kim: 'Just asking!'
'The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is DEAD as we know it'
'KOREAN WAR TO END!'
These tweets followed a memorable and possibly breakthrough moment between the leaders of the two Koreas on April 27, 2018, as they shook hands across the border, and then, their hands still clasped, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un stepped into the South. He became the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War was an active conflict. (It stopped with an armistice in 1953, with the rival nations technically remaining at war.) Hands still held, Kim and Moon stepped into the North, then returned to the South for their summit.
The countries agreed to jointly push for talks in 2018 with the United States and potentially China to officially end the war.
In a later tweet, Trump highlighted "the great help that my good friend, President Xi of China, has given to the United States, particularly at the Border of North Korea."
'Thank you Kanye, very cool!'
In which Mr. West and Mr. Trump show each other Twitter love. In a tweet two days later, the president wrote, "Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community - Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades - Legacy Stuff!"
'Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush'
The president chose not to attend the former first lady's funeral in Houston, sending his wife in his stead. Trump did not attend "to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service," the White House said. In another tweet, Trump said his "thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family."
Trump: NYT seeking 'to destroy Michael Cohen' and our relationship, hoping he will 'flip'
With Michael Cohen under scrutiny by federal prosecutors, Trump raised the possibility that his longtime personal lawyer would "flip" in this series of tweets on April 21, 2018. The president made the case that "Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble," even if that means lying.
'The Special Council was established based on an illegal act?'
This late Friday-night tweet from Mar-a-Lago, which came a day after the release of former FBI Director James Comey's memos about his interactions with the president, appeared aimed at undermining special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Comey has testified that he asked a friend to share the content of a memo with a reporter, hoping that would prompt the appointment of a special counsel. (The friend read parts of the memo to a New York Times reporter, according to the paper.) Comey's memos were unclassified, with some portions blacked out as classified.
'North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site'
This tweet heralded "very good news for North Korea and the World," as North Korea announced the suspension of nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches, before summits with South Korea and the United States. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who said in 2017 that his country had completed its nuclear forces, said it has reached the level where it no longer needs underground testing or to test launch ICBMs. He also said it would close the nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri. Notably, it was already believed to have been rendered unusable because of tunnel collapses after North Korea tested its most powerful bomb yet last year.
'So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed ...'
'Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week'
Trump confirmed the top-secret meeting between the CIA director and North Korean leader in this tweet on April 18, 2018, but his time reference is off. Mike Pompeo visited North Korea over Easter weekend, The Washington Post reported -- so a few weeks before Trump's tweet.
Comey 'was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation'
This tweet on April 18, 2018, contradicts what Trump told NBC News last May, when he said that "this Russia thing" (which he deemed "a made-up story") was on his mind when he decided to fire James Comey.
'They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is'
'Employment is up, Taxes are DOWN. Enjoy!'
A succinct Trumpian pitch on April 17, 2018 -- Tax Day.
Trump says Comey should go to jail
Trump tweeted five broadsides against his nemesis Comey on April 15, 2018, including these where he says the former FBI director should go to jail, and claims that Comey "wanted a job" from Hillary Clinton. Comey was serving a 10-year term as the bureau's director at the time.
In a tweet not shown here, he wrote, "I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies. His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!" Comey says that Trump asked him for his personal loyalty in a one-on-one dinner at the White House soon after the president took office.
In the final post, Trump tried out a new moniker -- "Slippery James Comey" -- saying he "will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!" Comey's first interview since his firing aired on ABC that night, in which he called Trump "morally unfit to be president."
'Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!'
Trump's declaration of "Mission Accomplished!" in U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria with this tweet on April 14, 2018, recalled the last Republican president, George W. Bush. He famously stood in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner on an aircraft carrier in May 2003 as he declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq. That turned out to be very premature, as the war continued for many years, with the banner becoming a symbol of U.S. misjudgments and mistakes in the conflict. For his part, Bush disavowed any connection with the "Mission Accomplished" message in October 2003.
'McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!!'
'It was my great honor to fire James Comey!'
President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017. The first news reports on the contents of Comey's memoir "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" -- which has scathing characterizations of Trump -- came out on April 12, 2018. Like clockwork, the president fired back on Twitter the next morning.
Trump on 'historically cooperative, disciplined approach' to Mueller
Trump indicated that he would stay the course with the Mueller investigation with this tweet on April 12, 2018 -- a much calmer approach than he took earlier in the week.
'If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December ... I would have fired him'
'Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man'
Trump gives a heads-up on missiles to Syria: 'Get ready Russia'
The 45th president covered an incredible amount of ground in these Russia-focused tweets over the span of a few hours on the morning of April 11, 2018. The main headline was his quote to "Get ready Russia" for missiles headed to Syria. But his statement that the United States' relationship with Russia is worse than ever, including during the Cold War, was perhaps more eye-catching. So too was his question: "Stop the arms race?"
Trump hedged on his Syria plans the very next day, tweeting, "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"
Trump 'Very thankful' for Xi's kind words, enlightenment
'Attorney–client privilege is dead!'
Trump tweeted these messages on April 10, 2018, on the morning after federal investigators with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan raided the office, home and hotel room of his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen's own attorney said the move was partly based on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump called Mueller's Russia investigation "an attack on our country in a true sense," responding on camera as he met with the nation's top military brass in the White House on April 9. He has called the Mueller probe of Russia's election meddling a witch hunt many times.
'President Xi and I will always be friends ...'
This declaration on April 8, 2018, was made amid an intense trade conflict between the two powers.
'Rent was about market rate, travel expenses OK'
Trump staunchly defended his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, amid burgeoning scandals on April 7, 2018 -- including his high security costs, and an unusual arrangement in which he rented a Capitol Hill condominium tied to a fossil fuels lobbyist for $50 a night. The president's backing came with a White House review of Pruitt's ethical conduct underway.
'Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building)'
Trump posted this tweet about a fire at his eponymous New York City tower on April 7, 2018, shortly after it was initially reported as under control -- and before the news that a resident died in the blaze.
President Trump copy edits The Washington Post
Trump casually denigrates 'Cheatin' Obama'
This April 3, 2018, tweet is notable for the casual way the 45th president denigrates the 44th as "Cheatin' Obama."
'A whole big wasted procedure must take place'
'NO MORE DACA DEAL!'
Trump began Easter Sunday morning on Twitter in a positive way. That changed an hour and a half later, as he seemingly closed the door on a deal for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A deal wasn't close. His statement, "These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA," in reference to the caravan of migrants making their way through Mexico toward the United States, is chronologically impossible, as DACA recipients must have lived continuously in the U.S. since 2007 to be eligible for the program and protected from deportation.
'I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin’s service ...'
And with that, Trump fired another member of his Cabinet, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. His choice to replace him: White House doctor and Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who has served as the physician to the president since 2013. Chief of Staff John Kelly informed Shulkin of his dismissal before Trump made the announcement, a White House official said.
Trump: 'Good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity'
'We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!'
In a fact-check/civics lesson, The Associated Press was compelled to point out that "the Supreme Court, while shaped by political changes, is the unelected branch of government that can't be held by any party."
McMaster 'has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend'
And with that, Trump made another change to his team of key advisers, naming former UN Ambassador and noted war hawk John Bolton as his third national security adviser on March 22, 2018.
Trump: Biden 'would go down fast and hard, crying all the way'
Trump responded forcefully two days after former Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd in Miami, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him" for disrespecting women. The Democrat cited Trump's infamous "Access Hollywood" tape comments from 2005 as he made his remark at a University of Miami rally against sexual assault on March 20, 2018, with the Republican firing back on the morning of March 22.
'I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him' on victory
Trump asks why Mueller team has 'Zero Republicans?'
Special counsel Robert Mueller is a Republican. This tweet and another earlier that weekend were the first times Trump directly named Mueller on Twitter, leading some Republican lawmakers to pre-emptively call for the special counsel to remain in place.
McCabe's firing 'A great day for Democracy'
The president commented a few hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, two days before his retirement date. Sessions did so on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials and before an inspector general's report on McCabe -- who fired back that the move "is part of this administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation, which continue to this day."
'Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!'
And with that, Trump fired the secretary of state on March 13, 2018. Track notable departures from the Trump White House and administration here.
'There is no Chaos, only great Energy!'
'There is no Chaos, only great Energy!'
'Our jobs and wealth are being given to other countries ...'
This Trump tweet is notable because it brings together several of his key themes.
Trump on when 'trade wars are good, and easy to win'
Trump served up a novel approach to trade wars on Twitter on March 2, 2018, the morning after he announced his administration would be putting into place big tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The European Union promised to retaliate against American exports if Trump follows through. "Make no mistake: If the President goes through with this, it will kill American jobs -- that's what every trade war ultimately does," Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) responded in a statement. "So much losing."
Trump calls Sessions move 'DISGRACEFUL!'
Trump turned up the heat yet again on Attorney General Jeff Sessions in this tweet on Feb. 28, 2018. But this time Sessions pushed back, saying his department had taken the appropriate step, and insisting he would "continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor." Side note: Contrary to Trump's framing, lawyers from the inspector general's office are part of the Department of Justice and can and often do refer matters for prosecution.
'Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly'
Trump is right that he didn't say the exact words "give teachers guns" at a White House listening session on school shootings on Feb. 21, 2018 - but he did raise the idea of arming some teachers and coaches with concealed guns. He made the comments as he met with students, families and school administrators affected by school shootings, including six students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting one week before.
'They are laughing their asses off in Moscow'
'The results of the election were not impacted'
'No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school'
Trump says Democrats 'decided not to do anything about DACA' before it existed
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was introduced through executive action by President Barack Obama in 2012.
Trump on what 'Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands' after 'humiliating defeat'
'Big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown'
Trump celebrated on Monday night, Jan. 22, 2018, as he and Republicans emerged as the winners of a standoff with Democrats after a three-day, partial government shutdown.
Trump: My language 'was tough, but this was not the language used'
The president tweeted this denial on Jan. 12, 2018, after an Oval Office meeting with senators the day before in which he questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the conversation. What Trump specifically denied came in a follow-up tweet that said in part, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said "take them out." Made up by Dems."
Trump on 'More great news as a result of historical Tax Cuts and Reform'
This is true. The president's tweet included a CNBC video about the news which is not shown in the screenshot here.
Trump calls himself 'a very stable genius'
'The Mercer Family recently dumped ... Sloppy Steve Bannon'
Trump: Wolff book 'Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist'
The book Trump mentions is Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," which caused a furor before its release, including for the criticisms it laid out from former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, referred to here as "Sloppy Steve."
Trump: My nuclear button is 'much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works'
Trump doesn't have a nuclear button. He also didn't get Kim's quote right. Kim actually said "The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table" in his New Year's address.
'Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time'
The president tweeted this on Jan. 2, 2018, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a rare diplomatic overture to South Korea in his New Year's address, leading to warmer relations between the two countries. Note the Trumpian uses of his derisive nickname for Kim and his statement that "we will see!" what happens in the future.
Trump on Iran: 'TIME FOR CHANGE!'
Wishing 'friends, supporters, enemies, haters,' even Fake News Media Happy New Year
Trump on tax bill terminating the Obamacare individual mandate
The individual mandate repeal takes effect in 2019.
Trump on signing 'the largest TAX CUTS and reform in the history of our country'
Trump's tax cuts are far from the biggest in American history. However, the tax bill he signed is the first major tax overhaul since 1986.
'Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory'
Trump congratulated Democrat Doug Jones on his upset victory over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate race on Dec. 12, 2017. Trump urgently endorsed Moore despite sexual misconduct allegations, but Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Alabama in a quarter century.
'It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel'
After Comey 'running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!'
'I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn'
Trump on why he fired Michael Flynn
In this tweet on Dec. 2, 2017, Trump appeared to acknowledge that he knew Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI when he fired his national security adviser in February. The president's personal attorney, John Dowd, told ABC News that he drafted the tweet but called it "sloppy."
Trump tells Theresa May what to focus on
This Trump tweet to British Prime Minister Theresa May responded to a rebuke from her spokesman that he was wrong to retweet three anti-Muslim videos on Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, 2017. The president set off a furor when he shared inflammatory videos posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the fringe British political group Britain First, which purported to show violence being committed by Muslims. The group regularly posts such videos without context or supporting information. One of the tweets falsely said that a "Muslim migrant" beat up a Dutch boy when the young perpetrator was actually a Dutch native, an AP fact check found. May said Thursday "that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do." White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's posts, saying he wants to "promote strong borders and strong national security," while Fransen quickly thanked Trump on Twitter.
Trump on 'The only people who don't like the Tax Cut Bill'
'Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser ...'
'Big win today in the House for GOP Tax Cuts and Reform'
Trump celebrated the House's passage of a sweeping tax overhaul -- his top priority -- on Nov. 16, 2017. He congratulated the House in an earlier tweet, calling it "a big step toward fulfilling our promise to deliver historic TAX CUTS for the American people by the end of the year!"
'Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old" ...'
Trump to 'haters and fools': 'Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing'
This tweet challenging his critics on Russia shortly followed one on what Trump called "Good discussions on Syria" that he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Vietnam. They spoke informally several times at the summit and approved a statement on Syria.
'Congratulations to all of the ”DEPLORABLES” ...'
President Trump marked the one-year anniversary of his election win over Hillary Clinton in this tweet on Nov. 8, 2017.
Bergdahl decision 'a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military'
Trump responded forcefully to a military judge's decision on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, to give no prison time to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Several of his comrades were killed while searching for him. Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Taliban, who tortured him, and was brought home as part of a prisoner exchange. The judge's action included giving a dishonorable discharge to Bergdahl and reducing his rank to private.
'The real story on Collusion is in Donna B's new book'
Trump urged the Justice Department and FBI to investigate his former presidential rival in this string of morning tweets on Nov. 3, 2017. He argued in one tweet, "The real story on Collusion is in Donna B's new book. Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!" Trump referred to a book excerpt by Donna Brazile, the Democratic National Committee's former interim leader, that stated that Hillary Clinton's joint fundraising agreement with the DNC effectively gave her control of it. Her main challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, signed his own agreement with the party months later. Brazile alleged she found proof that the primary was rigged for Clinton, but she walked back that claim on ABC's "This Week" on Nov. 5.
'SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!'
A day after authorities said a driver took a truck down a bike path in lower Manhattan -- ultimately killing eight people and injuring 12 -- Trump urged the death penalty for the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, on Nov. 1, 2017. He did so again on Nov. 2. It is highly unusual for a president to weigh in on the fate of a defendant before trial.
'Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped'
Trump tweeted before sunrise on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, hours after his administration's announcement that it would immediately stop subsidy payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act. He again urged Democrats to make a deal in one of his subsequent anti-Obamacare tweets later Friday. In another unilateral move on Obamacare on Oct. 12, Trump signed an executive order directing agencies to design health insurance plans offering lower premiums outside the requirements of the ACA.
Network news 'licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked'
'Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election'
Trump Twitter-attacked Tennessee's Sen. Bob Corker, who had taken a critical line toward the White House, in these tweets and a later one on Oct. 8, 2017. The prominent Republican lawmaker fired back by tweeting: "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning." More context on Trump's contentions in these tweets: Corker considered the Iran nuclear deal badly flawed. And Corker's chief of staff said that Trump called Corker the week before to ask him to reconsider his decision to leave the Senate, and "reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times."
'Warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims ... of the terrible Las Vegas shooting'
Hours after a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims and their families on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Nearly 60 people were killed and more than 500 injured when a gunman opened fire from an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto a crowd gathered for a country music festival on Sunday night, Oct. 1, 2017.
Tillerson 'is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man'
'Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan ...'
Trump slammed San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz in this tweetstorm on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, after she criticized his administration's response to Puerto Rico's hurricane devastation. As the island reeled from two hurricanes, she had begged for help the night before and directly asked Trump to take charge, saying, "We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency." The mayor tweeted in response to the president's criticism that the goal is "saving lives." Later on Saturday, Trump praised Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and others on Twitter.
'Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable'
Trump's calls to fire protesting players sparked a mass increase in demonstrations around the NFL on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, as more than 200 players knelt or sat during the national anthem. Other players, coaches and owners locked arms in a show of solidarity. The president responded with this afternoon tweet giving his approval of standing with locked arms while saying that "kneeling is not acceptable." He later retweeted a message calling for an NFL boycott.
Trump on protesting NFL players: 'Fire or suspend!'
Trump called for protesting NFL players to be fired or suspended on Sunday morning, Sept. 24, 2017, while suggesting that "fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country." The Trump vs. NFL conflict, building for a few days, reached a new level during the national anthem at games on Sunday.
'League should back U.S.'
'If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!'
This weekend tweet on North Korea's leadership was a "declaration of war," North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said two days later, on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. He said North Korea has the right to self-defense and the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace. The White House said hours later "We have not declared war" on North Korea. The Trump administration, referring to the president's tweet, clarified it is not seeking to overthrow the North Korean government.
Trump: Fire NFL players who don't stand for national anthem
This two-part message on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, followed up on Trump's comments at a rally in Alabama the night before, when he said that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a [expletive] off the field right now. Out! He's fired," Trump said, to loud applause, as he campaigned for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange.
'Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT! Ends Ocare!'
Trump warns U.S. may 'have no choice but to totally destroy #NoKo'
If the United States "is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," Trump warned, in the top news from his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
'Asked him how Rocket Man is doing'
Trump deployed a new nickname with this tweet -- for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime," Trump declared two days later, in his debut speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
'These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard'
This Trump tweet after a London subway bombing on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, was quickly rebuked by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said, "I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation." Trump said he had been briefed on the explosion. The Associated Press later reported that the homemade bomb partially detonated, injuring 30 people. Trump also tweeted that day that his travel ban "should be far larger, tougher and more specific," and in another message said that "Our hearts & prayers go out to the people of London."