It’s been another doozy of a week in Washington, D.C. Sometimes, it’s almost impossible to keep up with it all, from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election, to a slew of executive orders being delivered from the new White House administration, to the new health care bill. Even reporters covering the ongoings of the capital are finding it difficult to follow all of the developments.
And yet, President Donald Trump, the man who has managed to turn the “politics as usual” sentiment upside-down, continues to find time to write his supporters, critics and 28 million Twitter followers a quick guide to his days in the Oval Office and beyond—whether they’re asking for it or not.
Trump’s tweets provide more than just a SparkNotes-style breakdown of the week, however: They’re the best glimpse the American public has inside the president’s headspace, as he maintains his tendency to shoot from the hip after 100 days in office. His Twitter account also serves as a catalog of what the leader of the free world was focused on during global crises and crucial moments in his own presidency.
Let’s walk through the president’s thoughts and activities this week via his personal Twitter account:
The president started the week by putting North Korea on blast
The president spoke of North Korea only once this week on his Twitter account, when he blasted the oppressive regime for its failed weekend missile test launch. Trump also managed to praise Chinese President Xi Jinping within the same 140 characters, saying the nation “disrespected the wishes of China [and] its highly respected president.”
Meanwhile, the fake news continued
Trump (once again) targeted the “mainstream (FAKE) media” for its coverage of his first 100 days in office, claiming most news networks were refusing to acknowledge the bevy of executive orders he had signed in his tenure as president. The president retweeted a hot take from Fox’s Tucker Carlson, posted to the Fox Nation Twitter account, claiming the Democrats are using the Russian cyberattacks on the election as a political tool to make the president less popular.
Oh—and just a reminder—Trump won the election
The president wants you to know he beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. He won. Bigly. Got it?
Also, the GOP won bigly on health care (for now, at least)
Trump celebrated a “big win” for the Republican Party after a repeal-and-replace bill to begin the process of overturning former President Barack Obama’s landmark legislation, the Affordable Care Act, barely scraped through the House.
The Senate won’t vote on the congressional bill—senators plan on making their own version instead. But Trump’s Twitter was still ablaze with victory tweets. (Oh yeah, and Obamacare still sucks, according to Trump.)
Executive orders galore!
Trump signed a controversial religious liberty order this week with little support from either party, but a whole lot of love from his base and the man who has been by his side through it all: Vice President Mike Pence. The VP has reportedly been pushing for this order to be signed into law ever since the pair took office. It aims to provide legal protection for religious groups claiming exceptions to Obamacare mandates and undermines enforcement of legislation that prevents nonprofits from explicit political activity.
Notice the #ICYMI hashtag Trump expertly used to remind his followers he’s working—or at least signing off on orders—throughout the weekend.
The president still managed to throw shade at the Democrats most days
You’d think a president wouldn’t have enough time to compose snarky, shady tweets toward his critics in a day filled with controversy, big meetings, executive order signings, photo opportunities and negotiations on crucial legislation. You’d be wrong.
Trump managed to shade the Democrats nearly every single day of the week in some fashion. Trump seems to have no plans to tone down his public persona, for better or worse, with his low approval ratings largely unchanged after his busy week.
(Oh yeah, and Andrew Jackson is his new favorite president, since Trump says Jackson could have stopped the American civil war. See you next week.)