1. The wrestling video
A tweet slamming CNN set off widespread criticism, with some suggesting that the president was promoting violence against the media. It features a 28-second video of Trump in 2007 body-slamming a man on WWE's WrestleMania. It has been doctored so the man's head is covered by the CNN logo. This came within days of a tweet in which Trump, in very personal terms, attacked hosts from a different cable network, MSNBC.

"There's a lot of cable-news shows that reach directly into hundreds of thousands of viewers. And they're really not always very fair to the president," Bossert argued on ABC's This Week. "So I'm pretty proud of the president for developing a Twitter and a social media platform where he can talk directly to the American people."

2. Name-calling Kim
While on his trip to Asia in November, Trump shot off a provocative tweet aimed at the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. This apparently came in response to a statement from the state-run Korean Central News Agency, which went further than simply calling Trump "old," as Trump claims in the tweet. The agency described Trump, according to one translation, as a "lunatic old man." Tensions between the two nations had been heightened for months at that point, with North Korea testing missiles and demonstrating its nuclear capabilities and Trump using increasingly fiery rhetoric. Trump had previously called Kim "little rocket man."

Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!

3. Covfefe
The tweet was posted at 12:06 a.m. ET and immediately became an Internet sensation ... because it didn't make any sense. Some wondered whether the president was OK or whether he had just fallen asleep mid tweet. The mysteries of covfefe were never solved. Then-press secretary Sean Spicer barely even tried to explain it, telling reporters, "I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant." The tweet was deleted a few hours later and yet, remarkably, the error of a tweet remains the president's third-most retweeted post of 2017.

4. Trump on Saudi Arabia
In May, Trump visited Saudi Arabia, his first overseas stop as president of the United States. He was welcomed with a red carpet and a flyover from fighter jets, and his image was projected on the sides of buildings. Since then, tweets related to Saudi Arabia have gotten a lot of retweets, likely juiced by a large and active population of Saudis on Twitter.

A tweet proclaiming "great confidence" for King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman came just as the latter purged and detained dozens of ministers, business leaders and members of the Saudi royal family, saying it was part of an anti-corruption sweep. Trump and his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, have built a close relationship with Salman, who is just 32 years old and leading an effort to bring sweeping social and economic change in Saudi Arabia.

5-  I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing.
The next most retweeted tweet was rather basic, likely written by staff, highlighting the warm welcome Trump received in Riyadh. Great to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead. 

6-  During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!Trump waded into a Middle East conflict shortly after his visit. He tweeted a day after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off relations with Qatar and closed ports and borders to the nation, citing terrorism concerns. Traveling together in Australia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis urged calm and mediation. Trump was seen as tweeting out of sync with long-standing US policy and undercutting members of his Cabinet. The White House insisted there was no disconnect at all.

7-  The follow-up to covfefe
About six hours after the original tweet was sent, someone must have woken up and realized what had happened overnight. Trump's account quickly tweeted "a cleanup on aisle covfefe." This whole thing was such an Internet sensation, albeit brief, that it was printed on T-shirts and turned into memes.

Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!

8-  A response to the women’s marches - The day after the inauguration was largely quiet on Trump's Twitter account, as thousands of protesters, many of them women wearing pink knit caps, took to the streets to protest Trump becoming president. The images dominated cable news, and Spicer was sent out to the briefing room to insist that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe." But then the next day, Jan. 22, Trump weighed in on Twitter, first criticizing the protesters — "Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly" — but then two hours later offering a more conciliatory tweet. The acknowledgment that protests are a hallmark of American democracy earned far more retweets and favorites than the first did.

Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.

9-  The college basketball players

While Trump was on his Asia trip in November, three American college basketball players were detained in China, and Trump worked to secure their release. First, Trump wondered on Twitter,

"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!" When they did express gratitude, he did too, tweeting,

"To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome." But then a few days later, things took a turn, with Trump criticizing the father of one of the players for not being grateful enough. LaVar Ball had pushed back on the idea that Trump was a major factor in the players' returning home.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump's tweet was a "rhetorical response to a criticism" and that the president was "happy to intervene" and secure their release.

Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!

10-  Responding to a terror attack in London
Not long after reports of a suspected terrorist attack in London in June, Trump retweeted a Drudge Report headline: "Fears of new terror attack after van 'mows down 20 people' on London Bridge." That was followed by a more political turn with Trump arguing that attacks like the one in London are why his controversial travel ban is needed.

"We need to be smart, vigilant and tough," Trump said in a statement on Twitter. "We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"

Only after that did Trump offer a more standard, message of support for London and the U.K.

The next morning, Trump was back on Twitter again, criticizing London Mayor Sadiq Khan and taking something the mayor had said out of context.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!' " Trump tweeted on Sunday morning.

The mayor had been urging calm and warning residents that they would see an increased police presence after the attack.

It was during this series of tweets that Trump offered his 10th most retweeted post of the year. Taken alone, it reads like a recitation of a regular campaign trail refrain. But in the context of the other tweets, it takes on a different meaning, almost a defense of his highly political tweets in the aftermath of a tragedy.

We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse

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