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March 23, 2020

President Trump is worried about the media, he tweeted late Sunday night, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and congressional leaders were furiously working to iron out differences in a massive coronavirus stimulus/bailout package. "I watch and listen to the Fake News, CNN, MSDNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, some of FOX (desperately & foolishly pleading to be politically correct), the @nytimes, & the @washingtonpost, and all I see is hatred of me at any cost," he tweeted. "Don't they understand that they are destroying themselves?"

Republican pollster Frank Luntz pointed out that Trump, at least in the past, denied watching much TV and said he "seldom, if ever" watched CNN or MSNBC.

Maybe Trump has broadened his buffet of news sources as president, or at least his "executive time" to watch and read the news. But sleep is good, too, especially when there's a dangerous new virus on the loose. Peter Weber

February 27, 2020

President Trump on Wednesday appointed Vice President Mike Pence his point person on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak that is spreading disease and panic through much of the world. Pence's appointment was reportedly a surprise to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who had been in charge of the Trump administration's response up until Trump's announcement.

Pence has zero experience in the medical area and no real expertise in infections disease control, which would seem to make his appointment "A TOTAL JOKE," according to Trump, circa 2014.

To be fair, Azar is also not a doctor and doesn't have a robust public health background. His medical experience mostly involves a stint as the top lawyer at HHS and years as a lobbyist and executive for the pharmaceutical industry. But at least the large government agency he leads has "health" in its name. Peter Weber

Editor's note: This article previously included an inaccurate tweet. It has been removed. We regret the error.

February 11, 2020

President Trump on Tuesday night attacked the judge presiding over his friend and adviser Roger Stone's criminal case.

Stone was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing a House investigation. The Department of Justice recommended he receive seven to nine years in prison, but after Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that this was a "miscarriage of justice!" the DOJ suddenly reversed course, calling the recommendation "grossly disproportionate."

All four of the federal prosecutors who worked on the case have withdrawn in an apparent protest, with one of them choosing to resign from the department altogether.

Trump began tweeting about Stone's case as the results of the New Hampshire Democratic primary began trickling in. "Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure?" he tweeted. "How did she treat Crooked Hillary? Just asking!"

The judge in question is Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who has presided over several cases involving people close to Trump, including Manafort, his former campaign chairman. Manafort is now serving a 7-and-a-half year prison sentence after being found guilty of tax and bank fraud and pleading guilty to conspiracy charges. Hillary Clinton has not been on trial for any crimes, and thus has not appeared before Jackson. Catherine Garcia

January 5, 2020

President Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon that his "Media Posts" will "serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly and fully strike back, and perhaps in a disproportionate manner."

Trump claimed that "such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!" Last week, Trump authorized an airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which triggered outrage in Iraq and Iran and in the United States, where several lawmakers complained that Trump did not tell them in advance about the airstrike.

In response to Trump, the House Foreign Affairs Committee tweeted: "This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act. And that you're not a dictator." Catherine Garcia

December 5, 2019

President Trump argued Wednesday night that in his infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, he was trying to help the United States — not himself or his re-election campaign — by requesting investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and a debunked Kremlin-linked conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election, not Russia. After all, Trump noted in his tweet, he asked Zelensky to "do us a favor though" after Zelensky brought up U.S. military aid, not "do me a favor."

The July 25 phone call — or at least a whistleblower complaint that referenced it — sparked the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. But Democrats pretty quickly started uncovering evidence of a longer, wider-ranging plot involving Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani — whom Trump also mentioned in the call — to exert various forms of pressure on Ukraine, including withholding nearly $400 million in military, to force the Zelenksy government to announce an investigation into Biden. For America, apparently. Peter Weber

November 17, 2019

President Trump on Sunday blasted Jennifer Williams, a State Department employee who serves as a special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, accusing her of being a "Never Trumper."

"Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released ststement [sic] from Ukraine," Trump tweeted. "Then she should meet with the other Never Trumpers who I don't know & mostly never even heard of, & work out a better presidential attack!" Earlier this month, Williams testified behind closed doors as part of the House impeachment inquiry, and she is set to appear before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday for a public hearing.

The transcript of Williams' deposition was released on Saturday. Williams testified that during Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, she was listening from the White House Situation Room. Trump asked Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, and Williams told lawmakers this seemed "unusual and inappropriate" and "shed some light on possible other motivations" for Trump holding off on giving Ukraine military aid.

Williams also testified that she did review a transcript of Trump's April phone call to Zelensky, ahead of Pence's own conversation with the Ukrainian leader. Trump has called several people who are cooperating with the impeachment inquiry "Never Trumpers," including Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman of the National Security Council and acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor. Catherine Garcia

October 17, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday afternoon that President Trump had a "meltdown" during a White House meeting. "Historians will record that within the White House it took several hours for a damage control plan to mature," Lupe "Southpaw" Luppen tweeted: "The president would say exactly what the speaker had said about him, but about her." To wit:

But Trump's I'm-rubber-and-you're-glue pushback peaked with a photo he posted of Pelosi literally standing up to him at the meeting, captioned: "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!" Not many other people saw it that way.

"Looks more like the second most powerful person in the country owning the room," said historian Joshua Zeitz. "She seems calmer than him, [to be honest]," tweeted the Houston Chronicle's Erica Grieder. "Nobody does projection better — or more predictably," tweeted conservative pundit Matt Lewis. Fellow conservative David Frum noted: "The people on the president's side of the table seem profoundly fascinated by their thumbs." Civil liberties journalist Marcy Wheeler observed: "I see Trump's meltdown came because a woman (one of maybe 3 in the room) scolded him in front of a bunch of men who've never had the courage to do so."

Former President Barack Obama's White House photographer Pete Souza simply thanked the White House for posting such an "awesome photo of Speaker Pelosi." Pelosi seemed to agree. She made the photo her Twitter banner. Peter Weber

September 30, 2019

President Trump had a busy Sunday on Twitter, beginning with a volley of retweets attacking Fox & Friends host Ed Henry after an exchange with conservative backer Mark Levin — and one of the retweets was of shark-themed Trump parody account.

Not all of Trump's tweets were so amusing. The president accused House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of "treason" for unclear reasons; appeared to threaten the whistleblower who filed a complaint about concerns over Trump's Ukraine call — in doing so, Trump misrepresented and arguably broke the law — and he quoted one of his most fervent and controversial Evangelical Christian supporters, Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, saying on Fox & Friends that, according to Trump's transcription, removing Trump through impeachment "will cause a Civil War–like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) called Trump's tweet "beyond repugnant."

Historian Kevin Kruse explained why it makes no sense.

No president has ever been removed from office via impeachment, though Richard Nixon resigned when it appeared such removal was imminent. Peter Weber

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