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May 2, 2017
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It took him a good nine or so hours to react, but President Trump finally responded — in the third person — to comments Hillary Clinton made about the 2016 presidential election on Tuesday afternoon.

At the Women for Women International event in New York, Clinton told the moderator, CNN's Christiane Amanpour, that while she takes "absolute personal responsibility" for her loss, she also believed her campaign's momentum came to a screeching halt when FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to Congress on Oct. 28 that the bureau was reopening its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server. That, and WikiLeaks releasing emails stolen from her campaign chairman, John Podesta, "raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off," she said.

Trump does not agree with Clinton's assessment. Shortly before 11 p.m. ET, he tweeted: "FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony…" Trump finished his thought in a second tweet 15 minutes later, switching to the third person: "…Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?" Perhaps it's just time to go to bed. Catherine Garcia

April 11, 2017

President Trump on Tuesday promised China a "far better trade deal" with the U.S. if it steps up to help address the ongoing situation in North Korea:

But if China isn't willing to help, Trump made clear the U.S. can handle North Korea's nuclear threat with or without China's assistance:

Trump's offer came on the heels of North Korean state media's warning Tuesday that Pyongyang would respond with a nuclear attack on the U.S. if there was any sign of aggression from the approaching U.S. Navy strike group. The U.S. deployed the ships to the Korean peninsula over the weekend to conduct joint exercises with the South Korean Navy amid growing concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons activity in violation of U.N. resolutions. Becca Stanek

March 20, 2017

President Trump on Monday dismissed widespread reports of Russia's meddling in the presidential election as "FAKE NEWS." In a series of tweets, Trump alleged Democrats "made up and pushed the Russian story," seemingly referring to the FBI- and CIA-backed reports that Russia interfered in the election to dash Hillary Clinton's chances, thus helping Trump.

Trump claimed Democrats fabricated the story "as an excuse for running a terrible campaign":

Trump then noted former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's remark earlier this month that a paper compiled by the DNI, NSA, FBI, and CIA included "no evidence" of Trump associates' collusion with Russia. Clapper said neither he nor the agencies had uncovered any "evidence of such collusion."

Top House Intelligence Committee Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) later said he was "surprised" by Clapper's comment because he did not think that claim could be made "categorically." "I would characterize it this way: At the outset of the investigation, there was circumstantial evidence of collusion," Schiff said. "There was direct evidence, I think, of deception."

Later Monday, FBI Director James Comey and NSA chief Mike Rogers will testify before Congress about possible connections between Trump's campaign and Russia. Becca Stanek

February 16, 2017

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, President Trump combined a few of his favorite talking points: his huge win in the presidential election, fake news, and leaks. Trump, apparently still seething over The New York Times' report that his campaign aides were repeatedly in contact with senior Russian intelligence officials, started out by demanding an apology from the "failing" newspaper, and slamming the "low-life leakers" responsible for passing the information along:

Then, he brought the Democratic Party into it. Still raging about the "FAKE NEWS media, which makes up stories and 'sources,'" Trump tweeted that at least the media is "more effective" than the "discredited Democrats":

Trump claimed the stories emerging about his aides' alleged contact with Russia were fabricated by Democrats, who are still reeling from their loss in the presidential election that he won with "(306)" electoral votes. The reports are nothing but "fake news!" Trump insisted — just like "any negative polls." Becca Stanek

February 9, 2017

On Thursday, President Trump's first tweet of the day was a critique of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who on Wednesday had met with Trump's Supreme Court nominee, federal appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch, and released a statement saying Gorsuch was unhappy with Trump's criticism of the judicial branch. Trump noted that Blumenthal had misrepresented his military service during the Vietnam War when he was running for Senate in 2010, called that a "major lie," then asked how Blumenthal "now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?"

Blumenthal said Wednesday that Gorsuch had called Trump's "so-called judge" tweet, on top of the president's other disparagement of the judiciary, "demoralizing and disheartening, and he characterized them very specifically that way." A spokesman for Gorsuch, Ron Bonjean, confirmed that Gorsuch had called Trump's tweet about a fellow federal judge "disheartening" and "demoralizing." That did not satisfy Blumenthal, in any case, who said he still isn't sure if he will vote to confirm Gorsuch. "I said they were more than disheartening and I said to him that he has an obligation to make his views clear to the American people, so they understand how abhorrent or unacceptable President Trump's attacks on the judiciary are," Blumenthal told CNN. He reiterated the point to CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday morning, and said Trump is steering America toward a "constitutional crisis":

Trump has not yet explained which part of Blumenthal's characterization of his conversation with Gorsuch he finds inaccurate, but he followed up with a second tweet complaining that Cuomo did not ask Blumenthal about "his long-term lie about his brave 'service' in Vietnam." In 2010, Blumenthal, who was in the Marine Corps Reserve starting in 1970, said he should have said he served "during" Vietnam, not "in" Vietnam; Connecticut elected him anyway, then re-elected him in November. Trump received four deferrals from serving in the military during Vietnam due to a bone spur in his foot. Peter Weber

January 27, 2017
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If your Twitter account gets hacked, that's an inconvenience. If President Trump's market-moving, semi-official favorite form of communicating with the public gets compromised, that's really, really bad news. Alarms were raised earlier this week with a report in The New York Times that, contrary to earlier claims, Trump is still using "his old, unsecured Android phone, to the protests of some of his aides," and some of the tweets from his @RealDonaldTrump account appear to be from that phone. Alex Dobie at Android Central hypothesizes, based on photos of Trump, that he uses a Samsung Galaxy S3, which would be out of date, security-wise. In a worst-case scenario, Trump's phone would be infected with malware that lets outsiders record video and audio without being detected.

On Thursday, sharp-eyed Twitter users also noticed that Trump's @POTUS account appeared to be linked to the personal gmail account of his White House social media director, Dan Scavino. Scavino has apparently fixed that, but linking to commercial email made the Twitter account more vulnerable to hacking. "We're living in a world where cyber war has overtaken real war and where breaches have become the third certainty in life along with death and taxes," Adam Levin, chairman and founder of CyberScout, tells USA Today. Another cyberscecurity expert, Eddie Schwartz, said that even if Trump is using his old Android, "the White House has very good security people, so I would have to imagine if they have access to the phone they'd take as many opportunities to secure it as they could."

There is also, of course, the suggestion that Scavino is using his gmail account for government business, putting his communication out of reach of federal records and FOIA laws. Trump and other Republicans hammered Hillary Clinton for using a private email account and server as secretary of state. But Trump's supporters, who regularly yelled "Lock her up!" over the server, have had a recent change of heart. In a new poll from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, 42 percent of Trump voters said Trump should be allowed to use a private email server in office, while just 39 percent said that should not be allowed. Peter Weber

January 14, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump faces widespread backlash after tweeting Saturday morning that Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is "all talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!" As observers from across the political spectrum were quick to point out, Lewis is a civil rights leader who marched at Selma with Martin Luther King Jr., who is commemorated in a federal holiday on Monday.

Trump's tweets were made in response to Lewis' remark that he does not consider Trump "a legitimate president" because of Russian efforts to manipulate the presidential election. Bonnie Kristian

November 28, 2016
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Why pick a secretary of state when you can spend your night retweeting teenagers?

After passing time on Sunday baselessly claiming that "millions" of people voted illegally in the presidential election, Donald Trump, 70, posted two tweets earlier Monday — one about Cuba and another regarding his meeting with retired four-star general David Petraeus. Once night fell, Trump revisited the topic of unproven voter fraud, but this time brought CNN into the mix, retweeting followers who accused the network's senior Washington correspondent, Jeff Zeleny, of being a "wannabe journalist."

Despite never offering any proof of voter fraud himself, Trump retweeted @Filibuster, a self-described 16-year-old Oakland Raiders fan who called Zeleny "pathetic" with "no sufficient evidence that Donald Trump did not suffer from voter fraud, shame! Bad reporter!" Zeleny responded by sending Trump a tweet asking him to send any examples of voter fraud his way. As her husband spent the night on Twitter, it's possible Melania Trump was carefully crafting her anti-cyber bullying platform. Catherine Garcia

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