Twitter has become a key communication tool for US President Donald Trump, even though he had once said a year ago that he wouldn’t be using the social media network “very much as president”.
Since entering office, Trump has used Twitter – where his account has more than 28 million followers – to issue declarations on everything from America’s geopolitical rivals to his personal feuds with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Trump also communicates with the world and even conducts foreign policy on Twitter, which he also uses to rail against media outlets critical of him (such as the “failing” New York Times).
According to an analysis by USA Today, Trump has tweeted 440 times since he assumed office in January. That’s an average of about 4.68 tweets a day since his inauguration.
As Trump prepares to mark 100 days in office this weekend, here are 10 Tweets that have characterised the early phase of his presidency:
“We will follow two simple rules: BUY AMERICAN & HIRE AMERICAN” – setting out his governing mantra on January 20 after his inauguration.
“We must keep ‘evil’ out of our country!” – justifying his ban on travellers from a group of mainly Muslim countries on February 3.
“What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?” – reacting after the ban was subsequently blocked.
Friend or foe?
“North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help!” – voicing frustration with both Pyongyang and Beijing over North Korea’s nuclear programme on March 17.
“Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” – Trump has an apparent change of heart towards Beijing on April 16.
“Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” – Trump taking aim at German leader Angela Merkel, a traditional US ally, after a frosty summit in Washington on March 18.
The other guy
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump accusing his predecessor Barack Obama on March 4 of wiretapping his Manhattan skyscraper during the elections.
“Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it” -- defending his performance on February 18 after his first four weeks in office
Enemies of the people
“The FAKE NEWS media (@nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” – letting rip at some of the biggest names in the US media landscape on February 17.
Hasta la Vista
“Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show” – Trump reacting on March 4 to the departure of the “Terminator” star, an outspoken critic of the president and his successor as host of the former reality TV show.