US President Donald Trump used Twitter more than ever in 2017 to not only directly communicate with his followers, but to send out mighty big whacks to everyone from Kim Jong-un, the NFL, Barack Obama and the media, the US president just loved to tweet.
When a rogue Twitter employee deactivated Mr Trump’s account for a blissful 11 minutes in November, many breathed a sigh of relief 9depending on your position), but the social media silence didn’t last long. Here are some of Mr Trump’s 2017 Twitter highlights, for good and bad.
‘ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE’
In February, Mr Trump took his dislike of the media to a whole new stratosphere by labelling prominent US news organisations the “enemy of the American people.”
In one post, which Mr Trump later deleted, he mentioned the New York Times, CNN and NBC as part of the “FAKE NEWS media” and ended it with “SICK!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
Interestingly, Mr Trump’s animosity towards the media came days after the firing of his ex-national adviser, Michael Flynn, who in December pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
TRUMP BLAMES OBAMA FOR WIRE-TAPPING
In March, Trump fired off early morning tweets, blaming former president Barack Obama for allegedly wire-tapping him during the 2016 election.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Mr Trump wrote.
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
On March 20, then-FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee: “I have no information that supports those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI.”
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
THE COVFEFE DEBACLE
Perhaps Mr Trump’s best tweet of the year concerned a word none of us had ever heard before, but which is now part of the vernacular — covfefe.
“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” Mr Trump tweeted, prompting social media to ponder whether he had actually fallen asleep.
Ex-White House press secretary Sean Spicer didn’t provide much clarity either. “The President and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” he said.
‘LITTLE ROCKET MAN’
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been a constant source of annoyance to the US president this year, with Mr Trump continuously referring to him as “little rocket man”.
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” Mr Trump tweeted back in September.
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho warned the tweet was a “declaration of war”. Kim also responded calling him “a mentally deranged US dotard”, which apparently means an “old person who has become weak”.
SAN JUAN MAYOR
After San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz criticised the Trump administration’s Hurricane Maria relief efforts, Me Trump immediately attacked her and other Puerto Rican officials for their “poor leadership.”
“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” he tweeted in late September.
Ms Cruz fired back.
“The goal is one: saving lives. This is the time to show our “true colours.” We cannot be distracted by anything else,” the mayor tweeted.