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Shortly after his victory in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump said he wasn’t sure how much he’d use Twitter once he got to the White House.
“I’m going to be very restrained, if I use it at all,” Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a November interview.
As the president approaches his first 100 days in office, that vow appears to have fallen short.
Through Wednesday, Trump’s 97th day as commander in chief, he has issued 501 tweets or retweets on his personal Twitter feed — an average of roughly five tweets per day, including weekends. That figure doesn’t include the 488 tweets or retweets that have been published on the verified @POTUS Twitter feed, which Trump inherited from former President Barack Obama on Jan. 20, when he took office. (Many of those are either retweets of @realDonaldTrump or messages identical to the ones published on the president’s personal Twitter.)
And as was the case during his presidential campaign, @realDonaldTrump has often been combative, using the social media platform to spar with critics, float conspiracies and pick battles with foreign adversaries. But now, his tweets have the power of the U.S. presidency behind them.
“THANK YOU for another wonderful evening in Washington, D.C.,” Trump tweeted on Day 1, following the inaugural festivities. “TOGETHER, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”
The unifying tone lasted about 48 hours.
“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election!” Trump tweeted following the Women’s March. “Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
On Day 7, Trump engaged in some Twitter diplomacy, saying, “If Mexico is unwilling to pay” for his promised wall along the U.S. southern border, “then it would be better to cancel” a planned meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Nieto’s tweeted response: Meeting canceled.
In late January, Trump took to Twitter to defend his executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries — and blasted its critics, including Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Twelve minutes his “bad ‘dudes'” warning, the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star tweeted that he would announce his nominee for the Supreme Court from the White House during a live primetime event. (Trump’s pick, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed by the Senate in a controversial vote on April 7.)
On Feb. 4, after a federal judge ordered the suspension of Trump’s travel ban, Trump ripped “the opinion of this so-called judge” and vowed that the ruling would be overturned.
He also fumed about polls that showed a majority of Americans opposed his travel ban.
“Any negative polls are fake news,” Trump tweeted. “Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”
On Day 20, Trump weighed in on the decision by Nordstrom to drop first daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.
On Day 29, Trump sparked yet another firestorm by declaring that national media outlets, including the New York Times, NBC and CNN, were the “enemy of the American People!”
In March, Trump gave his 28 million Twitter followers several updates on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Two days later, the plan was abruptly pulled before a scheduled House vote as Trump failed to rally enough Republican support for it.
On Day 44 — coincidentally the number of his predecessor — President Trump issued his most controversial tweet to date, claiming without evidence that Obama had wiretapped his phones inside Trump Tower before the election.
The White House then called for a congressional investigation into the matter. Now, more than 50 days later, the administration has yet to publicly provide any evidence of Trump’s charge.
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