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November 20, 2017
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On Thursday night, President Trump fired off a crude tweet about sexual harassment claims against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and the photo of him posing with his hands over a sleeping woman's breasts — despite the clear echoes with Trump's own hot-mic confession to groping multiple women. On Sunday night and Monday morning, Trump tweeted that he should have left three black college basketball players in jail in China because one of their fathers had failed to thank him for interceding, criticized a black NFL player over an anthem protest, insulted Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and predicted he would vote against the Senate GOP tax bill, and suggested that China's punishment of 5-10 years in jail for shoplifting is "as it should be."

"What Trump may not realize — and what new data shows — is that he may be tweeting his way into losses in 2018 and 2020," Democratic strategist Jim Messina writes in Politico Magazine. Advisers during the campaign and lawyers in the early days of his administration tried to set parameters on Trump's Twitter habit, but "none of the advice seemed to have any lasting effect on a president who views acting on his own impulses as a virtue," reports Annie Karni at Politico. "And these days, the staff has basically stopped trying: There is no character inhabiting the West Wing who is dispatched to counsel the president when he aims the powerful weapon of his Twitter feed at himself."

The Franken tweet, while putting White House officials on the spot all weekend, isn't even among "the high-water marks of self-destructive Trump tweets," Karni says. A former Trump administration official said Trump's tweet-attacks are par for the course for a "White House with a sub-40 job approval rating with a tough midterm cycle ahead. It doesn't matter if there are vulnerabilities on their own side: They're going to take anything they can get." Or at least get it while he can. Peter Weber

October 31, 2017

On Twitter Tuesday night, President Trump said he has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to "step up our already Extreme Vetting Program."

Trump made the announcement in the wake of Tuesday afternoon's truck attack in New York City, when a suspect, a 29-year-old man from Uzbekistan, drove a truck onto a busy bike path in lower Manhattan, killing eight people. The suspect came to the United States in 2010, law enforcement officials said. The Trump administration has called for a travel ban against citizens from seven countries; Uzbekistan is not on the list. Catherine Garcia

October 31, 2017
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Following the truck attack in Manhattan that left at least eight people dead and more than a dozen injured, President Trump tweeted Tuesday evening about the Islamic State, saying militants "must not" be let into the United States.

"We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere," Trump said. "Enough!" It was his second tweet on the incident; about an hour earlier, he wrote, "In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!" Several minutes after his tweet about ISIS, Trump followed up with: "My thoughts, condolences, and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!"

Police say a 29-year-old man drove his rented truck down a bike path in lower Manhattan, hitting several pedestrians before ramming into a school bus. The suspect then exited the vehicle, carrying "imitation firearms," and was shot by police. The suspect is in custody, being treated at a nearby hospital. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that based on the information available, "this was an act of terror," but no terror organization has claimed responsibility yet for the incident. Catherine Garcia

October 12, 2017

After threatening to cancel NBC's "license" up until late Wednesday (presidents can't do that, as an FCC commissioner noted), President Trump began Thursday on Twitter by appearing to tell Puerto Rico that its slow but steady federal relief effort after its worst hurricane in a century had a pending expiration date.

It isn't clear what prompted Trump's tweets about the U.S. territory, where 35 percent of residents still don't have drinking water and 10 percent have electricity. But on Thursday, the House will vote on a $36.5 billion emergency spending bill for the areas hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria that includes $5.05 billion in loans for Puerto Rico to cover immediate liquidity needs, plus $18.7 billion for FEMA, and $16 billion for the National Flood Insurance Program. That $16 billion, The Intercept notes, is essentially debt relief for homeowners who built in at-risk coastal areas. Peter Weber

October 10, 2017

Because Washington is now a reality TV show performed on social media, President Trump suggested in a tweet early Tuesday that he would send health-care reform to the next round "using the power of the pen." Other than saying he would "give great HealthCare to many people — FAST," Trump did not provide any details.

Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump is planning executive orders to undo some of the health-care regulations his predecessor, Barack Obama, enacted, including "broad instructions for agencies to explore ways to loosen regulations and potentially lower premiums." The thrust of the rule changes, Jonathan Cohn reports at HuffPost, would be to "undermine the rules that guarantee comprehensive coverage to people with pre-existing conditions," adding, "Just how far the administration can take this effort is not clear."

"In the worst-case scenario," Cohn writes, "Trump's executive action could destabilize insurance markets ― making coverage much more expensive or even unavailable to some small businesses and individuals, especially those with serious medical problems, even as it would make coverage cheaper for others in relatively good health." Trump said he would give health care to "many people," not more people. Peter Weber

August 11, 2017

If you woke up on Friday hoping that President Trump might be thinking about de-escalating the tensions with North Korea, it may be best to hit the snooze button on your alarm clock. In his latest provocative tweet, Trump borrowed from the language of the NRA to send Kim Jong Un a message.

Based on North Korea's recent history, it's unlikely that raising the stakes will get Kim to "find another path," unless that path is a face-saving off-ramp from this growing nuclear confrontation. On the other hand, it's nice to know that America's nuclear arsenal is still locked down. Peter Weber

July 25, 2017

President Trump was up early on Tuesday, and he took to Twitter to complain, again, about his attorney general, Jeff Sessions. This time, Trump suggested he was moved to pick up his smartphone by a segment on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, and he was evidently stewing about Hillary Clinton and what he said was Ukraine's attempts to help her in the 2016 election. "So where is the investigation A.G.," Trump tweeted. He sent another tweet nine minutes later:

Trump followed that up with some confusing allegations against acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Trump has been increasingly critical of Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia, and he and his aides are reportedly considering either firing the attorney general or pressuring him to resign. Tuesday morning's tweetstorm could be read either way. Peter Weber

July 17, 2017
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The Senate Republican health-care bill is now short the necessary votes to pass, and on Monday night, President Trump used Twitter to direct the GOP on its next steps.

"Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now and work on a new health-care plan that will start from a clean slate," Trump said. He also predicted that if they do so, "Dems will join in!" Once Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced Monday night they were not going to vote for the bill as written, joining Rep. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the proposal became doomed. Catherine Garcia

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