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June 20, 2018

After actor Peter Fonda tweeted about her 12-year-old son, Barron, on Wednesday morning, first lady Melania Trump had her office contact the Secret Service.

In response to the administration's policy of taking children away from their parents at the border, Fonda tweeted, "WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER'S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO." Fonda later deleted the tweet, and "sincerely apologized" for tweeting "something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television."

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, told The Hill that the tweet was "sick and irresponsible." Catherine Garcia

June 7, 2018

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron warned President Trump that his actions could result in him being excluded from a joint statement signed by world leaders at the end of the G7 summit.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be," Macron tweeted. "Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force."

In response, Trump tweeted that Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are "charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out." Trump has angered France, Canada, and Mexico by imposing steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum. Several world leaders have said they plan on confronting Trump during the summit, and he's already discussed with senior advisers not signing the statement, which is largely ceremonial, The Washington Post reports. Catherine Garcia

May 30, 2016

Donald Trump spent his Memorial Day weekend the same way he spent every other day this year: fighting on Twitter.

This time, his target was The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol. The kerfuffle started Sunday, when Kristol tweeted, "Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate — an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance." Trump wasted no time responding with an insult for Kristol wrapped in a piece of advice for Republicans. "Bill Kristol has been wrong for 2yrs — an embarrassed loser, but if the GOP can't control their own, then they are not a party. Be tough, R's!" He later tweeted, "The Republican Party has to be smart & strong if it wants to win in November. Can't allow lightweights to set up a spoiler Indie candidate!" And this:

Kristol is a leader of the #NeverTrump movement, and he told CNN on Monday morning he couldn't spill any more details on the alleged independent candidate because there are "still lots of I's to dot and T's to cross." On Monday evening, a clearly pleased-with-himself Kristol tweeted: "I'm traveling, so hadn't realized I'd so upset @realDonaldTrump. I'm sorry the mere mention of an independent candidate has so unnerved him." He then got in one more jab: "I hope my mention of an independent candidate didn't distract him while paying respects during whichever Memorial Day ceremony he attended." Trump hasn't responded to Kristol's latest tweets, having already moved on to a new opponent: Judge Gonzalo Curiel, "the totally biased" judge in his Trump University case. Catherine Garcia

July 22, 2015

On Tuesday, Taylor Swift learned a very important lesson: Not everything is about her.

It all started when Nicki Minaj tweeted about her videos for "Anaconda" and "Feeling Myself" not receiving MTV VMA nominations for Video of the Year. First, she retweeted followers asking how the snub could happen (“@MTV so anaconda broke the VEVO record and it's not up for video of the year???”) then shared her own feelings:

Then, suddenly, Swift inserted herself into the debate:

A confused Minaj — who didn't say anything about Swift, her supermodel friends, her cats, or anything else that comprises her personality — responded by telling her the tweets had absolutely nothing to do with her and everything to do with how she feels black female musicians are treated:

The backlash from Minaj's fans was, well, swift:

But don't worry, Nicki! If Taylor wins, you can pull a sanctioned Kanye West and join her onstage:

This person gets it:

Catherine Garcia

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