Donald Trump tweeting nearly twice as much as at start of his presidency: Report


PresidentTrumpis posting onTwitternearly twice as much as when he first entered office, according to a new analysis of his social media activity published Saturday.

Mr. Trumphas tweeted an average of 83 times per week so far in 2019, up 91% from 2017 when he tweeted roughly 44 times per week, CNN reported.

The president has also started sharing tweets from otherTwitterusers at a much higher rate than before, CNNreported.Mr. Trumpposted an average of 83 retweets per week in 2019, up 326% compared to two years earlier, according to the report.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

Mr. Trumpwas a prolificTwitteruser prior to running for the presidency, though he previously said after winning that he might stop using the social media platform once in the White House.



“I’m going to do very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained,”Mr. Trumpsaid in late 2016.

Mr. Trumphas remained as active as ever onTwittersince becoming president, however, making waves regularly as a result of his unprecedented use of the platform. He has repeatedly leveraged his widely-followedTwitteraccount to announce official government policy and White House personnel changes, in addition to regularly attacking his political opponents and critics.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, urgedTwitterearlier this week to suspendMr. Trump’s account after he shared a tweet that falsely claimed the congresswoman was partying during the recent anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack.Mr. Trumphad attacked Ms. Omar onTwitterbefore, and the congresswoman has said that the tweets have resulted in her receiving death threats.

“They have a responsibility and they set community standards and clearly the president has shown many-a-times that he has violated their community standards,” Ms. Omar said Wednesday. “I don’t even know why his account is not fully suspended — why he’s not deplatformed.”

Twitterpreviously responded to complaints aboutMr. Trump’s account by saying the company was wary of suspending accounts associated with any world leaders.

“Blocking a world leader fromTwitteror removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,”Twittersaid in a 2018 blog post. “It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”

Mr. Trump’s officialTwitteraccount is currently followed by more than 64.4 million users, up from 18 million in December 2016.

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