(Australian Associated Press)
Donald Trump averaged more than a tweet an hour during his four-year presidency, and Australia wasn’t spared from his prolific posting.
As the 45th president’s term comes to an end, with his social media hobby in tatters, it’s timely to take a look at some of the 74-year-old’s most memorable messages.
From gloating to personal attacks, to allegations of inciting violence and political statements, the topics were broad-ranging and sometimes hard-hitting, and in early 2017 included reference to a reportedly heated phone call with then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about.”
Aussie author Jasper Robinett saved a selection of presidential tweets before the leader of the free world was banned from the platform in early January.
He is publishing a thousand “nuggets of gold” in a book – Unpresidented – released on Tuesday.
“I neither support or oppose the president, however these collection of tweets summarises perfectly how strange the past four years have been for America and the world,” Robinett said.
“There will never be another president like Trump, and I can guarantee we will never see tweets like his ever again.”
Some of the most memorable tweets include reference to North Korea leader Kim Jong-un as “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!”
Trump also regularly offered self-praise.
“No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited)!”
Before being banned from Twitter, Trump confirmed that he won’t be in the crowd this week to see his successor, Joe Biden, assume the presidency.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
On January 8, Twitter “permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence”.