And in a way, President Trump's most popular tweets of the year tell the story of his presidency. These statements on Twitter gave Americans and the world an unprecedented real-time view of what Trump was thinking, stewing over and watching on cable.
"My use of social media is not Presidential – it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL," Trump's account tweeted on July 1, finishing with a flourish that appeared often in his tweets: "Make America Great Again!"
Trump made policy — or at least tried to — via Twitter (For example: The transgender military ban was announced in a series of tweets before his communications team and Defense Department were prepared to respond). He taunted adversaries domestic and international, endorsed candidates (some who won, two who lost in the same Senate race), played media critic, catered to his base supporters and, more than anything, drove news cycles and American conversation day in and day out.