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Donald Trump tweeted up a storm in his first year

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. Photo Credit: AP / Evan Vucci

During his first year in office, President Donald Trump used Twitter to denounce “haters,” announce policy, admonish aides, and, more often than not, set the narrative for the day’s news coverage.

There was frequent mention of “fake news” and “@foxandfriends,” some spread of misinformation and posts rife with ALL CAPS, exclamation points and alliterated nicknames for critics.

The @realDonaldTrump account gave observers a window into the mind of a president in a way never seen before. Trump has 46 million followers on the social media platform.

“My use of social media is not Presidential — it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL,” he posted in July.

Last month, he explained — in a tweet — that he doesn’t prefer to communicate via Twitter, but does so “because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair 'press.'”

"Twitter is going to go down as one of the defining characteristics of this presidency," said Adam Sharp, the former head of news and politics at Twitter, comparing it to how television is associated with John F. Kennedy, radio is associated with Franklin D. Roosevelt and how William McKinley engaged Americans with his “front-porch campaign” of 1896.

It’s a means of scaling retail politics to a national audience, Sharp said.

Here are some of the most impactful Trump tweets of his first year:

Feb. 17, 2017:

Perhaps the most pointed of many posts condemning the free press.

March 4, 2017:

An accusation levied at former President Barack Obama. The Department of Justice never found evidence of wiretapping of Trump Tower.

May 12, 2017:

The former FBI director in a memo and in Senate testimony said Trump had asked him about “letting Flynn go” — or abandoning a probe into the former national security adviser.

Congressional investigators asked for the recordings and Trump tweeted on June 22, “I have no idea whether there are 'tapes' or recordings.”

Early on May 31, 2017:

Trump tweeted: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”

Then, later on May 31, 2017:

The typo spawned countless jokes across media platforms and though Trump appeared to find humor in it, then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not, telling reporters, “The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”

July 2, 2017:

The president’s most retweeted post of 2017, according to NPR.

July 25, 2017:

One of several criticisms at the time of Sessions, who had recused himself from Russia-related investigations to Trump’s ire. It sparked speculation that Sessions would be ousted, but he remains in the Cabinet.

Sept. 30, 2017:

Criticism of Carmen Yulín Cruz, who said the federal government was dragging its feet in aiding the island suffering in the wake of Hurricane Maria. It also viewed as criticism of Puerto Ricans as not able to help themselves.

Oct. 1, 2017:

Seen as a dig at the secretary of state’s diplomatic approach to dealing with North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Doubled as a knock on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Oct. 10, 2017:

One of several days’ worth of tweets condemning NFL players taking a knee in protest of police brutality and racial injustice and arguing that they insult the sacrifice of uniformed service members.

Nov. 11, 2017:

One of many personal insults lobbed at Kim.

Nov. 19, 2017:

Aimed at the father of a UCLA basketball player, who Trump said he helped to free during his trip to China.

Dec. 12, 2017:

Gillibrand had called for Trump’s resignation over allegations of sexual assault. She called the tweet a “sexist smear.”

Jan. 2, 2018:

This one-upsmanship inspired news stories about how the president doesn’t have a physical button to launch nukes.

Jan. 6, 2018:

Response to coverage of “Fire and Fury,” a book by Michael Wolff which paints the president as ill-suited psychologically to govern and unwilling to read or learn complicated policy.

Trump’s tweeting, throughout the year, had been described as a distraction to the work that Republicans needed to tackle, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, buoyed by the year-end passage of sweeping tax legislation, appeared to acknowledge that Trump and Twitter were a package deal.

Last February, the Kentucky Republican said, “I’ve been pretty candid with him and all of you that I’m not a fan of the daily tweets.”

Then late last month, he said, “I’m warming up to the tweets.”


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