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November 6, 2017
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President Trump tweeted his support on Monday night for Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince, saying he has "great confidence" in their leadership amid a corruption crackdown that many experts see as a political purge.

"I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing," Trump tweeted, adding, "Some of those they are harshly treating have been 'milking' their country for years!"

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in charge of a new anti-corruption committee, which ordered the arrests over the weekend of 11 princes, including Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, the head of the national guard, and the billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Many observers view this as the crown prince's way of consolidating power; since his father became king in 2015, Mohammed bin Salman has been positioned to be his successor, and in addition to becoming crown prince in June, he serves as Saudi Arabia's defense minister and first deputy prime minister. He also has a friendly relationship with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who made an unannounced visit to the kingdom last month. Catherine Garcia

September 13, 2017

President Trump on Wednesday invoked Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to make his case for tax reform. In the wake of the devastating storms, Trump argued that tax cuts are "needed more than ever":

Trump did not devote an additional 140 characters to explaining how simplifying the tax code and slashing taxes for businesses and the wealthy would help the victims in Texas and Florida. Business Insider's best guess was that Trump "has repeatedly said that tax cuts will lead to greater economic growth, which could theoretically boost the long-term recovery."

Regardless of the soundness of his argument, Trump urged: "Go Congress, go!" Becca Stanek

September 8, 2017

President Trump had no shortage of thoughts to share Friday morning on Twitter.

His first topic of concern: Hurricane Irma, a storm he said was of "epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen." Trump reassured everyone that the "Federal G" (federal government?) is prepared for Irma, which is slated to hit Florida on Saturday:

Trump also fit in a shout-out to the Coast Guard, which "we love":

He quickly moved on from the love fest to criticizing his fellow Republicans, however. Trump lamented that despite "hearing about Repeal & Replace for 7 years," it never happened, and he worried the Senate filibuster — or as he called it, "a Repub Death Wish!" — would further impede progress:

Tax reform — the next item on the president's legislative agenda — must start now, Trump warned. "Hurry!" Becca Stanek

July 24, 2017
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During a late night Twitter session on Monday, President Trump appeared to confirm a Washington Post report that his administration ended a covert CIA program that armed moderate anti-government rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad...." Trump tweeted, referring to a story published by the Post last week about his decision to stop the program, handing a big win to Russia and Assad.

While he did not elaborate on how the Post allegedly "fabricated the facts," he did go on to share his conspiracy theory that the newspaper's owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is using the Post to bully politicians into not taxing the online retailer. "So many stories about me in the @washingtonpost are Fake News," he tweeted. "They are as bad as ratings challenged @CNN. Lobbyist for Amazon and taxes?" A few minutes later, he added, "Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?"

Trump never said what triggered the tweets, but as Politico's Hadas Gold pointed out, if Trump turned on Fox News Monday night and caught Tucker Carlson's show, he would have heard the host discussing the Post report. Catherine Garcia

July 18, 2017
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President Trump went on a short but spirited Twitter rant Tuesday night, after it was reported that he had a second, previously undisclosed meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit.

Trump had a much-publicized face-to-face meeting with Putin during the G-20, but it didn't come out until Tuesday that he met with Putin again later that day, during a dinner. Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group said people at the dinner told him Trump and Putin spoke for about an hour, with just Putin's translator by their side. While the other leaders could see them, Bremmer said, they couldn't hear what was being said. The White House never mentioned this happened, and no readout was ever released, which is why the second meeting attracted so much attention when the news broke.

All of this set Trump off. "Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is 'sick,'" he tweeted. "All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!" In a follow-up tweet, Trump added, "The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!"

Trump didn't "elaborate" on why the word "sick" was in "quotes," nor did he disclose what was discussed in this totally transparent, non-secret meeting. Catherine Garcia

July 9, 2017
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President Trump spent his Sunday morning tweeting about "forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit" with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his afternoon being mocked by most people for saying this, and his night backtracking, declaring that just because he "discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen."

Trump fired off several tweets in the morning about the G-20 summit and his one-on-one meeting with Putin, announcing that he "strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion…" He went on to say that they put their minds together and came up with an idea to form an "impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking & many other negative things, will be guarded…and safe."

The response from Democrats and Republicans alike was swift and snarky. "Partnering with Putin on a 'Cyber Security Unit' is akin to partnering with [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad on a 'Chemical Weapons Unit,'" Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted, while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Meet the Press it was "not the dumbest idea I've ever heard — but it's pretty close." On State of the Union, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) thought the U.S. "might as well mail our ballot boxes to Moscow." There was one person who thought it was a fabulous idea — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who called the effort a "very important step forward."

After dealing with jokes at his expense all day, Trump on Sunday night broached the topic again, this time saying he didn't really mean what he said just 13 hours earlier. "The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen," he tweeted. "It can't — but a ceasefire can, & did!" He wasn't the only Trump to do a 180 this weekend — his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., on Saturday told The New York Times he met with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 just to talk about the adoption of Russian children by Americans, but on Sunday remembered that the lawyer also brought up Hillary Clinton during their discussion. Catherine Garcia

June 16, 2017

President Trump marveled at the power of his Twitter account in a tweet Friday morning. With as many followers as he's amassed on his "powerful Social Media," Trump suggested that he can easily "go around" the "Fake News Media" to get his message out to the people:

Trump also used his "powerful" Twitter account on Friday to blast out messages about how "great" the "economic and jobs numbers" are despite the "phony Witch Hunt going on in America" and to claim that investigators have not been able to offer "any proof" that he's colluded with Russia. "Sad!" Trump wrote to his "over 100 million" followers. Becca Stanek

June 13, 2017

A mere hour after sunrise Tuesday in the nation's capital, President Trump was already tweeting about the "Fake News Media." In his first tweet, posted before 7 a.m. ET, Trump declared the media had hit new lows in pursuing its "agenda of hate":

Two hours later, Trump was still thinking about it. After reiterating that "Fake News is at an all time high," Trump demanded an apology:

Trump did not raise the possibility of apologizing for his "incorrect stories." The Toronto Star tallied that Trump has made 294 untrue claims in his 144 days in office, an average rate of more than two false statements a day.

In between his tweets about the "Fake News Media," Trump bashed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling Monday against his travel ban and questioned former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's decisions regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Becca Stanek

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