From thanking Kanye West to threatening the leader of Iran, here are the 9 most-engaged Trump tweets of 2018

President Donald Trump is no stranger to Twitter. He’s been a prolific tweeter since 2009 and attracted attention for using the platform to lob insults at former President Barack Obama, suggest global warming was a hoax created by the Chinese, and criticise his detractors.

While Trump’s life has changed significantly since he became president, his Twitter habits haven’t.

Now, he uses it to announce new policies, slam his critics, complain about the Russia investigation, promote business for himself and his supporters, and everything in between. Most recently, he’s taken to Twitter to pressure lawmakers to cave to his demands for a border wall and increased border security.

The website analyses the engagement reach of each Trump tweet and according to its data, 9 tweets stood out above the rest in 2018.

Here are the 9 most engaged Trump tweets of 2018:

Trump’s most engaged tweet of 2018 is one where he wished everyone a Merry Christmas.^tfw

The Donald Trump-Kanye West bromance was one of the more bizarre stories of 2018, and Trump’s Twitter engagement reflected that. In April, Trump tweeted his thanks to the rapper when West wrote that “you don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him.”^tfw

“They just didn’t get it, but they do now!” Trump proudly proclaimed in a July tweet that also featured a video montage of public figures and pundits saying he would not win the 2016 election.^tfw

When Brazil elected a far-right populist as president in October, Trump wasted no time in praising him on Twitter. “Had a very good conversation with the newly elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who won his race by a substantial margin … Excellent call, wished him congrats!”^tfw

The president turned heads when he took to his favourite social media platform in July to threaten the Iranian leader in all caps. “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH,” he wrote. “BE CAUTIOUS!”^tfw

Trump also wasted no time when he leapt into the fray earlier this year during the contentious confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.^tfw

In May, he announced on Twitter that the five most-wanted leaders of the Islamic State had been captured. Counterterrorism was a key pillar of Trump’s campaign platform.^tfw

In October, Trump took a victory lap after Kavanaugh was confirmed by a narrow margin in the Senate, following a tumultuous scandal involving multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.^tfw

Twitter also apparently can’t get enough of Trump’s feud with former Vice President Joe Biden. “Crazy Joe Biden … is weak … and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!” Trump tweeted after Biden publicly criticised him.^tfw