US president Donald Trump has been his country’s president for seven whole months. Here are seven key quotes.
1. Transgender military ban
At the end of July, the US president posted a series of tweets announcing his intentions to ban “transgender individuals” from serving in the military “in any capacity”.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
The tweets sparked a huge online backlash, and a subsequent YouGov poll found that most Americans disapproved of the move.
2. Fire and fury
Speaking in reaction to North Korea’s suggestions that it could launch missile strikes towards American soil, Donald Trump announced that the country could be “met with fire and fury”, according to the BBC.
The quote signifies a shift in language from the White House, escalating the tensions between Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
3. “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO and the United States”
Back in March, the 45th US president tweeted that Germany owed NATO and the US money for failing to meet the 2% of GDP spending target for defence, as recommended by NATO.
Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017
...vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017
Did his fingers slip? Or was it a ploy to distract the media and the public? In one of the weirdest moments of Donald Trump’s tweeting history, the president tweeted one word “covfefe”. This was followed by a great deal of online speculation as to what he had intended to write.
The original tweet was deleted, but Trump later made fun of himself over the issue.
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
5. “I thought it would be easier”
In a Reuters interview around the time of Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, the president reportedly said: "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
That’s right, because being the leader of the free world can be a walk in the park.
6. The Wall
AP reports that in an interview, the US president said that “People want the border wall. My base definitely wants the border wall, my base really wants it — you’ve been to many of the rallies.” He then went on to talk about the size of his base – “big”, and the electoral college.
But after criticism of his initial response to the attack, the Telegraph reported that Trump did also call racism evil.