By Michelle Railey
Current as of 9:59 p.m. Most recent tweets first. President Trump’s tweets are in bold. Annotations and commentary follow and are not bolded. Inclusion does not equal endorsement.
There is an incredible spirit of optimism sweeping the country right now—we’re bringing back the JOBS! 3/6/17 6:29 p.m.
This tweet is a link to a WhiteHouse.gov video.
The president has, here, used two of his favorite Twitter techniques: all caps and exclamation points.
45,000 construction & manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. $20 billion investment. We are already winning again, America! 3/6/17 4:22p.m.
Buy American & hire American are the principals at the core of my agenda, which is: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Thank you @exxonmobil. 3/6/17 4:21p.m
‘President Trump Congratulates Exxon Mobil for Job-Creating Investment Program’ whitehouse.gov/the-press-offi… 3/6/17 4:19p.m.
“President Donald Trump heralded ExxonMobil’s announcement Monday that it’s investing in manufacturing jobs in the U.S. — even though at least some of the investment started years ago. Exxon CEO Darren Woods said the company would invest $20 billion in manufacturing projects along the Gulf Coast. But at some of the spending started in 2013 and is expected to continue through at least 2022, Exxon said in a statement. Exxon said at least one of the projects — an aviation lubricants plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — had already been completed…In his announcement, Woods said that Exxon’s goal is to create 35,000 construction jobs and 12,000 full-time jobs, Woods said. The company has not said how many of the 11 projects announced Monday were planned under Tillerson. The strategy of CEOs re-announcing old investments in the Trump era is not new. Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son announced after a December meeting with Trump a tech fund that would invest $50 billion in the U.S. Trump publicized Son’s plan despite the fact that the investment had been part of a previously announced plan.” (Politico)
See also: White House Statement Plagiarizes ExxonMobil (Daily Beast)
Thank you for the great rallies all across the country. Tremendous support. Make America Great Again! 3/5/17 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, just over 60 rallies were held in cities across the country in support of President Trump. “In many towns and cities, the rallies did not draw more than a few hundred people. At some, supporters of the president were at risk of being outnumbered by small groups of anti-Trump protesters who gathered to shout against the rallies.” (Reuters) The Indianapolis Star estimated there were roughly 30 Trump supporters assembled in Indianapolis. (Gannett/Twitter)
Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, “Tell Vladimir that after the election I’ll have more flexibility?” @foxandfriends 3/5/17 6:40 a.m.
President Trump seems to be referring to an open mic moment from 2012 when then-president Obama was talking to Dmitry Medvedev about having more flexibility to discuss contentious issues between Russia and the United States after the presidential election that year.
Fox and Friends transcripts do not seem to be easily discoverable on the Fox News website.
Is it true the DNC would not allow the FBI access to check server or other equipment after learning it was hacked? Can that be possible? 3/5/17 6:42 a.m.
The Democratic National Committee has said it wasn’t asked by the FBI. The intelligence agencies say that they were rebuffed but did confirm the hacking of the servers by Russians, although it did take longer to pinpoint without a direct examination. “In a 13-page report in December, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security concluded that Russia intended to manipulate the election to boost Mr Trump into the White House, but the report does not specifically mention that they examined DNC computers themselves. The CIA also concluded that Russia was behind the attack.” (The Independent, UK)
It can be possible, but that Russia was behind the hack is probable and confirmed. Unless one doubts the publicly-expressed findings of the United States intelligence community. Which the president has said he does.
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show 3/4/17 8:19 a.m.
Fun fact: when Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for governor of California, he released his tax returns.
Equally fun fact: President Trump uses parentheses where a comma would work equally well. Is this because he distrusts readers’ abilities to suss out the meaning of words like “bad?”
Also on Saturday: 110 people die from starvation in Somalia within 48 hours (UPI), ISIS agents use a chemical agent against civilians in Mosul, Iraq (Chicago Tribune), and armed agents rush into oil ports in Libya, putting oil output and exports at risk (Reuters).
To quote President Trump from his first presidential address to a joint session of Congress: “The time for trivial fights is behind us.”
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! 3/4/17 7:02 a.m.
Tap isn’t spelled that way. And again with the parentheses to modify/explain “bad.” Maybe instead of “bad,” the president could just use the word he really means: at 7:02, that word is “sick.” At 8:19, “pathetic.”
It should be noted here that in the “very sacred election process,” the president lost the popular vote.
“[T]here was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign,” Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, on Meet the Press. (NBC)
James Comey (FBI) has also said the claims are false. President Trump has not presented any evidence to back up his claims. (New York Times)
I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election! 3/4/17 6:52 a.m.
I would bet a good lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office probably should have looked at this tweet before President Trump sent it out. And even a mediocre lawyer would have stopped the inexplicable capitalization of “election” and cautioned against the exuberant exclamation point.
It is worth noting here that there has still not been any evidence presented regarding the “tapping.”
Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW! 3/4/17 6:49 a.m.
The wire-tapping would be legal if it had been approved by submitting a warrant to a FISA court.
“However strongly Trump feels that he’s right, he’d better hope he’s wrong.” The FISA court approves wire-tapping when cause is demonstrated. If Trump or his campaign was “tapped” with approval of the FISC, then probable cause was established, in which case, Trump has bigger problems than his bizarre and inappropriate capitalization of words for emphasis or worrying about the sad decline of The Apprentice. (Wired.com)
Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone. 3/4/17 6:42 a.m.
The post of ambassador is supposed to interact with the host country. He or she would be a poor ambassador if they did not.
The number of visits made to the President Obama White House are known because the Obama Administration made visitor logs available online.
“I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.” Jeff Sessions, testifying before the Senate during his confirmation hearings to be the next attorney general of the U.S. Jeff Sessions met with Ambassador Kislyak in July and September while he was assisting the Trump campaign for president. These meetings were not disclosed, even when Sessions was directly asked about them. (CNN)
Note: Tweets are from @realdonaldtrump account. So far the president is using this more frequently than the official @POTUS account on Twitter, which is managed by Dan Scavino Jr. Tweets by the president on the @POTUS account are signed DJT. This is less frequent than the president’s tweets from his “real” account.