A recap of the president’s busy morning on Twitter

(Al Drago/The New York Times)

President Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning at 6:19 a.m. to drop the first in a line of tweets that targeted GOP detractors of the health care bill, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and of course, the “Fake News Media.” He also made several references to his 2016 election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

And all this before 8 a.m.

First, Trump lashed out at Republican Senator Rand Paul, who is opposing the GOP’s last-ditch effort to overturn the Obama-era health care law.

Paul has said he’ll oppose the latest bill because it doesn’t abolish enough of Obama’s 2010 law.


The proposal to scrap Obamacare would shift money and decision-making from Washington to the states. It nearly has the support it needs for the vote expected next week, a deadline that’s focused Republicans on making a final run at the issue.

Next, Trump turned his attention overseas, to the escalating war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The tweet comes amid new US-imposed sanctions on the reclusive country, which expand the Treasury Department’s ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services, or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the US financial system.

Hours before, Kim Jong Un had lobbed a string of insults at Trump, calling him a ‘‘mentally deranged US dotard’’ and hinting at a frightening new weapon test.

It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a US president, likely spurred by President Trump’s combative speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday in which he mocked Kim as ‘‘Rocket Man’’ on a ‘‘suicide mission’’ and said that if ‘‘forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.’’


President Trump then followed up his North Korea tweets with a message of thanks to Charlie Kirk, founder of a young conservatives group, who praised Trump’s UN speech.

The president then retweeted a chart from Twitter listing the most tweeted about world leaders during Day 1 of the UN General Assembly. Trump was in the top spot.

President Trump rebroadcast a tweet from activist Donna Warren next, which included a slideshow of pictures of the president set to Salt ‘N’ Pepa & En Vogue’s hit “Whatta Man,” many of which showed him interacting with victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Taking aim at some of his favorite targets, President Trump called the probe of Russian interference in the election a “hoax” and then made clear what he feels was the only true influence; the “Fake News Media” coverage in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s final tweet of the morning plugged his chosen candidate in the hotly-contested GOP runoff election in Alabama, and promoted his appearance at a rally there tonight.