Trump delivers the occasional speech and gives his share of interviews, usually to Fox News, but his most direct line to the public — and the public’s best insight into his thinking — comes in bursts of 140 characters or less, typically delivered before most Americans are out of bed.
Over the course of nearly 500 tweets from his personal account, Trump has birthed new conspiracy theories (and with them further congressional inquiries), escalated a confrontation with the judiciary and sought to wield the power of his office against intransigent legislators on Capitol Hill.
These are Trump’s five most consequential tweets — the posts that, for better or worse, have come to define the opening days of his rambunctious and often ramshackle presidency.
1. Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
Of all he’s said or done since taking office on January 20, Trump’s March 4 tweet accusing former President Barack Obama of ordering US spies to target his campaign was the most outlandish and damaging. The claim, offered with no evidence then or now, was publicly shot down by the director of the FBI, who was asked about it while testifying under oath on Capitol Hill.
But even absent anything resembling proof, Trump loyalists, from top aides to elected officials, have gone to great lengths in service of crediting the lie. They parroted a bogus report by a Fox News contributor suggesting Obama outsourced the skullduggery to UK spooks. And in perhaps the weirdest tale in 100 days of them, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence…
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