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December 5, 2019

President Trump argued Wednesday night that in his infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, he was trying to help the United States — not himself or his re-election campaign — by requesting investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and a debunked Kremlin-linked conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election, not Russia. After all, Trump noted in his tweet, he asked Zelensky to "do us a favor though" after Zelensky brought up U.S. military aid, not "do me a favor."

The July 25 phone call — or at least a whistleblower complaint that referenced it — sparked the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. But Democrats pretty quickly started uncovering evidence of a longer, wider-ranging plot involving Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani — whom Trump also mentioned in the call — to exert various forms of pressure on Ukraine, including withholding nearly $400 million in military, to force the Zelenksy government to announce an investigation into Biden. For America, apparently. Peter Weber

November 17, 2019

President Trump on Sunday blasted Jennifer Williams, a State Department employee who serves as a special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, accusing her of being a "Never Trumper."

"Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released ststement [sic] from Ukraine," Trump tweeted. "Then she should meet with the other Never Trumpers who I don't know & mostly never even heard of, & work out a better presidential attack!" Earlier this month, Williams testified behind closed doors as part of the House impeachment inquiry, and she is set to appear before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday for a public hearing.

The transcript of Williams' deposition was released on Saturday. Williams testified that during Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, she was listening from the White House Situation Room. Trump asked Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, and Williams told lawmakers this seemed "unusual and inappropriate" and "shed some light on possible other motivations" for Trump holding off on giving Ukraine military aid.

Williams also testified that she did review a transcript of Trump's April phone call to Zelensky, ahead of Pence's own conversation with the Ukrainian leader. Trump has called several people who are cooperating with the impeachment inquiry "Never Trumpers," including Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman of the National Security Council and acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor. Catherine Garcia

October 17, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday afternoon that President Trump had a "meltdown" during a White House meeting. "Historians will record that within the White House it took several hours for a damage control plan to mature," Lupe "Southpaw" Luppen tweeted: "The president would say exactly what the speaker had said about him, but about her." To wit:

But Trump's I'm-rubber-and-you're-glue pushback peaked with a photo he posted of Pelosi literally standing up to him at the meeting, captioned: "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!" Not many other people saw it that way.

"Looks more like the second most powerful person in the country owning the room," said historian Joshua Zeitz. "She seems calmer than him, [to be honest]," tweeted the Houston Chronicle's Erica Grieder. "Nobody does projection better — or more predictably," tweeted conservative pundit Matt Lewis. Fellow conservative David Frum noted: "The people on the president's side of the table seem profoundly fascinated by their thumbs." Civil liberties journalist Marcy Wheeler observed: "I see Trump's meltdown came because a woman (one of maybe 3 in the room) scolded him in front of a bunch of men who've never had the courage to do so."

Former President Barack Obama's White House photographer Pete Souza simply thanked the White House for posting such an "awesome photo of Speaker Pelosi." Pelosi seemed to agree. She made the photo her Twitter banner. Peter Weber

September 30, 2019

President Trump had a busy Sunday on Twitter, beginning with a volley of retweets attacking Fox & Friends host Ed Henry after an exchange with conservative backer Mark Levin — and one of the retweets was of shark-themed Trump parody account.

Not all of Trump's tweets were so amusing. The president accused House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of "treason" for unclear reasons; appeared to threaten the whistleblower who filed a complaint about concerns over Trump's Ukraine call — in doing so, Trump misrepresented and arguably broke the law — and he quoted one of his most fervent and controversial Evangelical Christian supporters, Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, saying on Fox & Friends that, according to Trump's transcription, removing Trump through impeachment "will cause a Civil War–like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) called Trump's tweet "beyond repugnant."

Historian Kevin Kruse explained why it makes no sense.

No president has ever been removed from office via impeachment, though Richard Nixon resigned when it appeared such removal was imminent. Peter Weber

September 9, 2019

The good news is that the president of the United States appears to have stopped tweeting about a non-existent hurricane warning in Alabama. Instead, President Trump is retweeting photos of his eldest daughter and tweeting indignantly about an MSNBC special on criminal justice reform, apparently angry that it gives him insufficient credit for signing a reform bill that was a decade in the making. Trump was especially upset at musician John Legend and, inexplicably, his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who wasn't mentioned in the special. Legend pointed out that the real work on criminal justice reform is at the state and local level, not federal courts.

Legend responded, invoking Trump's wife, but more politely.

Teigen also responded with a series of "foul-mouthed" tweets, noting that Trump "tagged everyone but me" in his tweet.

It's possible that Trump wasn't actually spending his Sunday night watching MSNBC, though — maybe he was just scrolling through John Legend's twitter feed. Watch below. Peter Weber

May 20, 2019

All the major players in the intensifying standoff between the U.S. and Iran say they do not want war, usually with a caveat. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia's foreign affairs minister and the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps both reiterated that their countries aren't looking for war but aren't afraid to fight, either. President Trump has similarly said he doesn't want war with Iran, but.

On Sunday afternoon, Trump tweeted: "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!" Trump's threat to obliterate Iran may have been in response to initial reports of a rocket fired into the Green Zone in Iraq — the State Department confirmed Sunday night that a "low-grade rocket" landed harmlessly about a mile from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad — but Matthew Gertz at Media Matters has another theory:

Gertz had more evidence Trump was live-tweeting Fox News, including Trump's tweet attacking his favorite network for hosting Democrat Pete Buttigieg. Still, it's not like Trump has been silent about Iran over the past week. In a Fox News interview broadcast Sunday night, but recorded last week, Trump said he's "not somebody that wants to go in to war, because war hurts economies, war kills people, most importantly." But, he said, "I just don't want them to have nuclear weapons and they can't be threatening us."

"The current tensions are rooted in Trump's decision last year to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers and impose wide-reaching sanctions," The Associated Press reports. "Iran has said it would resume enriching uranium at higher levels if a new nuclear deal is not reached by July 7. That would potentially bring it closer to being able to develop a nuclear weapon, something Iran insists it has never sought." Peter Weber

May 20, 2019

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, did a Fox News town hall on Sunday, and he took a few moments to criticize the network's own prime-time opinion hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. President Trump didn't tweet about that, but he did criticize host Chris Wallace for noting that the 37-year-old mayor, a war veteran and Rhodes Scholar who speaks several languages, "has a lot of substance" and a "fascinating biography," while never saying the same things about Trump.

Now, if you were an outside journalist, like The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, you might recap Trump's tweet as: "The president openly tells a news network they are not doing enough to favor him." A Fox News stalwart like Brit Hume had a slightly different angle, but he also found the tweet offensive enough to merit a rare rebuke of Trump.

Trump, who had his own one-on-one interview air on Fox News Sunday night, was retweeting Hume sticking up for him a few hours later, so no bad blood there. Former Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), now a conservative talk show host, tweeted that the whole episode highlights an "under-reported" fact about Trump: "He really doesn't do much. People assume that, as president, he's really busy. He's not. He watches TV, he tweets, he does rallies. About it." Peter Weber

May 5, 2019

After Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) announced on Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller might testify before the House Judiciary Committee later this month, President Trump fired off a few tweets, declaring that "Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!"

Trump said Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice showed "NO COLLUSION," and he wants to know "why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller to testify? Are they looking for a redo because they hated the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion?" Trump went on to claim that the Democrats committed a crime which was "incredibly not covered in the report," although he didn't elaborate on what illegal activity allegedly took place.

After discussing Mueller's possible testimony on Fox News Sunday, Cicilline clarified on Twitter that the committee is "aiming to bring Mueller in on the 15th, but nothing has been agreed to yet. That's the date the committee has proposed, and we hope the special counsel will agree to it." Catherine Garcia

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