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Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: The Wrong People Are Criticizing Donald Trump

In the wake of Andrew McCabe’s firing, and the president’s gloating tweets, Republicans once again could take action to protect democracy — but they refuse.

Why McConnell hasn't said anything on Trump's Mueller attacks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has long believed he does not need to respond in real time or react to every controversial tweet or other action by President Donald Trump, according to people close to the senator.

Opinion: A weekend of issues in the Trump presidency

We were lulled into submission early Friday night. All week President Donald Trump had raised the possibility there would be major personnel changes in the White House: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had already been fired by tweet earlier in the week, but the rumors -- egged on by Trump himself -- were swirling that there would be other "You're Fireds."

Meghan McCain shares a photo of her dad

Meghan McCain tweeted a photo of her father Sunday, showing her and the Republican senator from Arizona together amid his absence from Capitol Hill.


Trump's pick for U.N. migrant job says he is not anti-Islam

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States' nominee to lead the United Nations migration agency denied on Monday that he was anti-Islam while acknowledging a controversy over some of his social media posts and retweets in the past.

Trump tweets 'WITCH HUNT' following his attacks on Mueller

President Donald Trump on Monday continued his Twitter attack on special counsel Robert Mueller, calling the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election a "witch hunt."

Clapper on tweets: Trump is his own worst enemy

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says President Trump's tweets are the best barometer of the President's thoughts and that they make him his own worst enemy.

Republican Party

How Top Republicans Reacted, or Didn’t, to Trump’s Tweets on Mueller

Some leading Republicans warned the president against firing the special counsel, but many had no response.

Fox News Channel

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump, Flush With Power

The president wants to bring the Fox cast into the White House, fully merging with the source of his ideas, tweets and gratification.

Former CIA chief calls Trump 'a disgraced demagogue' after McCabe firing

Former CIA Director John Brennan responded Saturday to President Donald Trump's tweet about the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, calling the President "a disgraced demagogue."

McCabe breaks his silence: 'I absolutely never misled'

After more than a year of investigations, accusations and taunting tweets from the President of the United States, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is breaking his silence.


BRIEF-U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin ‏Says He Visited Apple HQ With Apple CEO Cook - tweet ‍​


'Life of Pi' star Irrfan Khan reveals he has a rare tumor

Bollywood star Irrfan Khan tweeted Friday that he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor.

Trump pick for UN migration job shared tweets warning of creeping Sharia

The Trump administration's pick to head the United Nations organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide regularly pushed anti-Muslim sentiment, including claims that Muslims were trying to impose Sharia law in the US.

US diplomats told not to share details on Tillerson firing

Just after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sudden firing Tuesday morning, American diplomats at posts spanning the globe were then increasingly surprised -- and in some cases disturbed -- to receive guidance from Washington telling them not to post or retweet the statement from Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein on how Tillerson was fired by President Donald Trump, according to multiple diplomats who spoke to CNN about the guidance.


U.S. pressing China to cut trade surplus by $100 billion: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with the United States by $100 billion, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday, clarifying a tweet last week from President Donald Trump.


Facebook bans far-right group Britain First for inciting hatred

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook said on Wednesday it banned Britain First from its platform for breaking rules against inciting hatred, blacklisting a far-right group brought to global attention when U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted its anti-Islamic posts.

United States International Relations

From Jokes to Near Tears, Tillerson’s Final Brush With Diplomacy

Returning to Washington after a week of urging détente across Africa, Mr. Tillerson was fired in a decidedly undiplomatic presidential tweet.

Ex-diplomat: says Tillerson's public firing makes my head explode

Tuesday's public firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, by presidential tweet no less, is a bizarre and veritable head-exploder.

Gun Control

No Immediate Push to Raise Minimum Age for Buying Assault Rifles, Trump Says

In a pair of tweets, President Trump cited “not much political support” now to move ahead with his pledges after the deadly mass school shooting in Florida.

Senior adviser at HUD spread conspiracy theory that Clinton campaign chairman was Satanist

A senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development spread a false conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign chairman took part in a Satanic ritual, a CNN KFile review of his tweets show.

John McCain is 'doing fine,' his wife tweets

Cindy McCain tweeted Thursday to let the public know that her husband, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, is "doing fine" and not going anywhere.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

How the Parkland Students Got So Good at Social Media

The activist students of Stoneman Douglas, where 17 people were killed last month, are social media naturals. But it’s not entirely true that they’ve been tweeting all their lives.

What happened the day Trump said there was 'no chaos'

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that there's "no chaos" in his White House.

United States Politics and Government

Ryan Criticizes Tariff Plan as Trump Issues Nafta Threat

The president tweeted on Monday that tariffs of steel and aluminum could be removed from Canada and Mexico if a fair Nafta is signed, while Paul D. Ryan bashed the tariffs.

Macaulay Culkin's epic Oscars live-tweeting

Macaulay Culkin says he didn't watch the Oscars, but that didn't stop him from live-tweeting the event.


MIT study that found low pay for Uber drivers to be revisited

(Reuters) - A Massachusetts Institute of Technology research group that this week reported nearly three-quarters of Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] and Lyft Inc drivers earned below minimum wage is revisiting its study after a tweeted challenge by Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi.

International Trade and World Market

Nations Threaten Retaliation for Trump’s Steel Tariffs Plan

Government and industry officials around the world warned of an escalating trade war, but President Trump doubled down on his vow, tweeting, “Trade wars are good, and easy to win.”

International Trade and World Market

Trump Calls Trade Wars ‘Good’ and ‘Easy to Win’

In a series of early-morning tweets, the president defended his decision to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Trump and NRA meet, tweet mutual support

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with the executive director of the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm Thursday evening.

The Point: Trump's shaming of Sessions is shameful

President Donald Trump continued his long-running public shaming campaign of Jeff Sessions Wednesday, with a tweet bashing his attorney general's behavior as "disgraceful."


Chevron board member's tweet questions oil industry's future

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A member of Chevron Corp's board of directors sent a tweet on Wednesday that questions the future of the oil industry given the rise of renewable energy technologies.


UPDATE 1-Chevron board member's tweet questions oil industry's future

HOUSTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - A member of Chevron Corp's board of directors sent a tweet on Wednesday that questions the future of the oil industry given the rise of renewable energy technologies.

Colbert, Stephen

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Attacks Trump for Reluctance to Act on Russian Meddling

The “Late Show” host compared the president to a fire chief who keeps tweeting, “We don’t know that that’s a fire.”

Comey trolls Trump: 'Lordy, this time there will be a tape'

Former FBI Director James Comey appeared to poke fun at President Donald Trump in a tweet Tuesday teasing his upcoming book.

Analysis: Trump's ongoing Russia obsession

Amid widespread uncertainty over what Washington will do about guns in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 people dead, Donald Trump grabbed the presidential mantle with a series of tweets on ... Russia.

Gov. to Trump: Listen more, tweet less

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told President Donald Trump on Monday that "we need a little less tweeting here and a little more listening" on the subject of arming teachers to deter school shootings.

Kevin Smith tweets he had 'massive heart attack'

Kevin Smith says he's lucky to be alive right now.

Trump misquotes Fox News in tweet

CNN's Brian Stelter says President Trump is living in a "fantasyland" and gives an example of a misquoted statement from Fox News he sent out on Twitter.

Stephen Curry opens up on Trump feud

NBA star Stephen Curry sits down with CNN's Van Jones to talk about President Trump tweeting that Curry was not invited to the White House.

Snapchat stock drops after Kylie Jenner tweet

Snapchat stock closed down 6% after reality TV star Kylie Jenner said she is no longer using the app. The plunge wiped about $1.3 billion off the company's market value.

How Kylie Jenner should really use her power

On Thursday, a single post on social media was blamed for costing Snapchat $1.3 billion in market value. The tweet wasn't from a head of state threatening to ban the app, or the company itself announcing major losses. It was from a reality TV star who doesn't like the platform's new layout.

Oprah reacts to Trump's 'insecure' jab

Oprah Winfrey addressed speculation about running for president in 2020 and responded to President Trump's tweet about her on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Snapchat stock sinks after Kylie Jenner tweet

Experts: Trump deriding shooter's mental health could be harmful

In a tweet Thursday, President Donald Trump described someone who would shoot up a school as a "savage sicko." At CNN's town hall on the Parkland, Florida, school shootings on Wednesday, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch described the gunman as "an insane monster" who is "nuts" and crazy." And at a White House briefing Thursday, the President again used the term "sicko."

The NRA used this GIF in a pro-gun tweet -- and Amy Poehler is not here for it

Former "Parks and Recreation" stars are furious that the National Rifle Association tweeted a GIF from a scene in their long-running NBC show.


Twitter bars tactics used by 'bots' to spread false stories

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and others have allegedly used to make tweets or topics go viral.

Atlanta airport is now offering flights to Wakanda -- sort of

It started with a tweet.

Accuser fires back: He should be afraid

Trump accuser Rachel Crooks responds after President Donald Trump directs a tweet at her.

Trump wasn't blaming school shooting on FBI's Russia investigation, Sanders says

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to finesse a weekend tweet from President Donald Trump blaming the FBI's Russia investigation for missing a tip about the Florida shooting, saying the agency should not focus on a "hoax in terms of investigating the Trump campaign."

WH pressed on Trump's FBI tweet

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders takes questions from the press in the first press briefing since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Trump tweets denial of woman's claim he kissed her without consent

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied the account of a woman who alleges he kissed her on the mouth without her consent.

Anderson Cooper hammers Trump's response to shooting

CNN's Anderson Cooper says President Trump's tweets reveal his priorities.

Internet mocks Trump for Oprah tweet

Trump zings Oprah, Oprah fans zing back. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on who is more "insecure."

Analysis: What Trump's Russia tweets mean

In seeking to honor President Donald Trump's holiday wishes, let's reflect here on what's been going on lately in his telltale Twitter feed.

Trump questions why Obama didn't act to stop Russian meddling

President Donald Trump remained focused on the Russia matter on Monday, questioning in a tweet why his predecessor didn't act to prevent Moscow from interfering in US elections.

Analysis: 9 unpresidential things Trump tweeted this weekend

It's become almost de riguer at this moment in time to note that President Donald Trump is the least presidential president who has ever presidented.

It's been a wild Presidents' Day weekend of Trump tweets

Even by his standards, President Donald Trump's weekend tweetstorm was epic, covering a range of topics from NASCAR to Iran to Oprah Winfrey's most recent CBS "60 Minutes" segment.

Tillerson: Trump tweets don't change policy

In an interview with "60 Minutes," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Trump's tweets have led him to ask if policy has changed.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive’s Comments on Russian Interference

Rob Goldman, Facebook vice president for ads, tweeted about Russia’s disinformation effort. President Trump then cited him. We fact-checked Mr. Goldman.

Trump tweet angers survivors

Students who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting laid into President Donald Trump after he linked the FBI's failure to follow up on a report about the school shooter and the resources expended on the Russia investigation.


Student survivors of Florida shooting slam Trump over FBI tweets

PARKLAND, Fla (Reuters) - Student survivors of the deadliest-ever shooting at a U.S. high school reacted angrily on Sunday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the FBI may have been too distracted with a Russia probe to follow leads that could have prevented the massacre.

Analysis: Trump's Russia delusion bubbles over

President Donald Trump has long been obsessed with the idea that the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election is really nothing more than a political scheme to rob him of the credit he so rightly deserves for winning that race. Over the last 24 hours, however, that obsession has been tuned up a notch, with Trump unleashing a series of bitter tweets attacking even his own top advisers and agencies for their alleged complicity in this narrative.

Kasich rips Trump's FBI tweet as 'absurd'

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) makes an impassioned plea to President Trump to take steps on gun reform.

The President tweets that the special counsel's indictments show that Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome of the election

The White House continues to vehemently deny collusion with Russia a day after multiple indictments of Russian nationals and entities were announced by the Justice Department in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Shooting survivor slams Tomi Lahren's tweet

Shooting survivor Carly Novell responded to Tomi Lahren on Twitter after she urged the "left" to stop their anti-gun agenda.

Obama tweets: 'We are not powerless'

In the wake of the Florida high school shooting, former President Barack Obama is calling for legislative action on gun control, saying it's "long overdue."

Hiding under a desk as a gunman roamed the halls, he live-tweeted a school shooting

The first tweet came at 2:59 p.m., sober and startling.

Social Media

After a Twitter Storm, The Times and a New Hire Part Ways

Soon after Quinn Norton joined the editorial board, social media users discovered tweets in which she used slurs and spoke of her friendship with a Nazi.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Pressures Democrats Over DACA and Infrastructure Plan

In two early tweets, Mr. Trump said a March deadline to protect young immigrants would be the “last chance,” and suggested that Democrats should come to a deal on his infrastructure proposal.

Opinion: Outside the legal system, 'due process' means nothing

President Trump's predictable response to the domestic abuse accusations against Rob Porter and David Sorensen -- a tweet that read in part, "is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?" — shows his fundamental misunderstanding of this vital element of our legal system. And his tone-deaf refusal to acknowledge the victims of the alleged abuse all but confirms that his defense, at its core, is not of Porter or Sorensen at all, but rather of himself.

Panelist rips Trump over Porter tweet

CNN's Anushay Hossain lit into President Donald Trump for calling claims of abuse against White House aide Rob Porter as a "mere allegation," asking why the president won't say that abuse of women is wrong.

WH on Trump tweet: He's not taking a side

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders answers a question about President Trump tweeting lives "being shattered ... by a mere allegation" in the wake of domestic abuse allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

Trump tweets argument that he's been victimized by the Obama administration

President Donald Trump is promoting a conservative argument that he's been "victimized" by the Obama administration through its allegedly flawed application for a surveillance warrant on a former campaign foreign policy adviser.

Analysis: Trump's incredible hypocrisy

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted this:

Computer and Video Games

Future Tense: Clap On Your Bose, Baby, ’Cause It’s Noisy as Heck Out There

The ding of texts and tweets; the tap of typing; the blurt of video games, the click of the camera shutter — all part of the new dystopian audioscape.

President tweets he has signed the bipartisan bill passed by Congress to end a brief government shutdown

Omarosa says she was 'haunted by tweets every single day'

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the "Apprentice" star turned White House aide, dished on her time in the Trump administration and her former boss' penchant for Twitter.

Pence reignites feud with gay US Olympian

In a late night tweet, Vice President Mike Pence responded to US Olympian Adam Rippon, who turned down a meeting with the vice president. Rippon has previously been vocal in his criticism of Pence's stance on gay rights.

Why mom of a child with a facial deformity fought to take down one cruel tweet

Natalie Weaver knows there aren't many little girls like her daughter Sophia.

Trump cites NFL player's death in immigration tweet

President Donald Trump sent a tweet about the death of NFL Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson, who was allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant.


House Speaker Ryan deletes tweet praising $1.50 pay increase

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan deleted a tweet on Saturday cheering a $1.50 increase to a Pennsylvania school secretary's weekly pay because of a $1.5 trillion tax cut after it drew criticism that he was out of touch with ordinary Americans.


Paul Ryan Deletes Tweet Lauding a $1.50 Benefit From the New Tax Law

Democrats said the speaker’s Twitter post showed that he was out of touch.

Analysis: Trump used 47 words to say 4 things that aren't true

On Saturday morning, before heading out for a round of golf, President Donald Trump tweeted this:

After backlash, Ryan deletes tweet about a secretary taking home $1.50 more a week

House Speaker Paul Ryan deleted a tweet Saturday touting the GOP tax overhaul after critics called him out for appearing out of touch with the reality of low-income individuals' financial situations.


BBC journalist ordered to leave Indonesia's Papua over tweets

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A BBC journalist on a reporting trip to cover a health and malnutrition crisis in Indonesia's easternmost area of Papua was forced to leave the province after the country's military said tweets she sent on her trip had "hurt soldiers' feelings".

Trump, Donald J

Trump Says F.B.I. and Justice Dept. Have ‘Politicized’ Investigative Process

An early-morning tweet reinforced reports that President Trump, in allowing a controversial memo to be released, is seeking to clean house in the law enforcement agencies.

NFL stars reads mean tweets

Former and current NFL stars read out mean tweets about themselves ahead of Super Bowl weekend on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Clapper: Trump tweet is pot calling kettle black

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reacts to President Trump's tweet slamming law enforcement leaders for politicizing the Nunes memo.

'Weasels and liars never hold the field,' Comey tweets

Former FBI Director James Comey took to Twitter to weigh in as rumors swirl around the FBI's reported opposition to a secret memo's potential declassification.


Guess shares slump after model Kate Upton tweets about exec

(Reuters) - Guess Inc shares fell more than 17 percent on Thursday following a tweet by model and actress Kate Upton accusing the company's co-founder of using his power to harass women.

Romney to make Senate announcement

Mitt Romney signaled that he is moving toward a run for a US Senate seat from Utah, tweeting Thursday that he will make a formal announcement about his plans on February 15.


Guess shares slump after model Kate Upton tweets about executive

(Reuters) - Guess Inc shares fell more than 14 percent on Thursday following a tweet by model and actress Kate Upton about the company's co-founder using the #MeToo hashtag designed to highlight sexual harassment.

Trump's first tweets after 'unifying' speech slam Democrats

President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address on Tuesday was billed as a "unifying" speech that looked to bridge a partisan divide that has only grown during his first year in Office.

Analysis: Did you notice that Trump didn't tweet for a day?

Something weird (didn't) happen on the Internet.

Twitter weighs in on Trump's SOTU

CNN Opinion is curating tweets from commentators on the State of the Union.

State of the Union Message (US)

‘Gloomy.’ ‘Amazing.’ Trump’s Speech Divides the Pundits.

After the ‘most tweeted’ State of the Union speech ever, Megyn Kelly and Chris Christie try out new roles, and Van Jones comes out swinging.

Corden, James (1978- )

Best of Late Night: James Corden Responds to Nikki Haley’s Grammys Criticism

After Hillary Clinton appeared on the Grammys, the U.N. ambassador tweeted that the awards show should not “ruin great music with trash.” James Corden fired back.

9 of the most talked-about moments

In the thick of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, on the heels of the Larry Nassar scandal, during ongoing conversations about immigration and race, and in between one inflammatory presidental tweet and the next, there was no WAY the Grammys wasn't going to be a potpourri of political, emotional moments.


I tweet from bed sometimes, Trump says

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who has garnered a large following on social media with rambunctious postings, said he sometimes tweets from bed, though he occasionally allows others to post his words.