Donald Trump's fondness toward social media has attracted attention worldwide. Since he has been the president of USA, Trump has tweeted for a staggering number of 17,0000 times since 2016.
Since announcing his bid to run in the summer of 2015, Donald Trump's Twitter account, @RealDonaldTrump, has been under considerable scrutiny as he continues to release questionable tweets attacking fellow candidates, journalists, and others – even after almost three years of this term coming into effect.
During his time as president, Trump has retweeted a good number of controversial or false statements from 217 unverified accounts of which 145 accounts push controversial or fringed content. A couple of dozen such accounts have been suspended by Twitter for administering rumors and falsified news.
Former US president Barack Obama, on the other hand, tweeted a total of 15,685 times during his presidential tenure of eight years, or two terms. This is 1,315 tweets less and approximately 1,825 days more as the president.
As president of the US, on November of 2016 Trump commented that his use of social media would be "very restrained, if I use it at all".
Trump's advisors have warned him that his tweets may alienate his supporters due to the tweets' nature. A Fox News poll in June 2017 reported 70 percent respondents think Trump's tweets were hurting his agenda.
In a January 2019 UMass Lowell poll, 68 percent of all respondents aged 18–37 said Trump tweets too much.
In July, Trump retweeted a post from an unverified account that accused Obama supporters of orchestrating protests to sabotage Trump's presidency.
Most recently, on December 14, Trump made a new record by tweeting 123 times in just two hours amid impeachment charges.
Apart from the baseless retweets, Trump has also issued major announcements over social media. From policy moves to firing staff, the US president's Twitter account has lived through all of it.
Here are a few prime examples of Trump's tweets that caught the world's eyes:
On Hillary and Bill Clinton
On Ted Cruz
'I too have a Nuclear Button'
'Trade wars are good, and easy to win'
On Barack Obama
On Trump's "great and unmatched wisdom"
And last but not least, the Trump tweet that gained most traction on the internet - Covfefe.
Although the original tweet only lasted a few hours, netizens have preserved a screenshot of the tweet forever on the internet. And despite two years have passed since the tweet was posted and deleted, people are still trying to decode the meaning of the word "covfefe" and the tweet itself.
Alongside making himself heard over Twitter, Trump also made sure he was well recognized on mass media as well. In the BBC video, Trump looks up to the sky and strikes a man-of-destiny tone, saying "I am the chosen one" while discussing the China trade war.