Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

What does President Trump actually believe? The answer lies deep in his Twitter feed.

Rick Mulvaney, the new director of the Office of Management and Budget, pointed out last week that the best way to understand Trump is to examine his previous statements.

Mulvaney explained that to draw up the federal budget, his team went “back through the president’s speeches, the interviews he gave, and just talking to him, we tried to identify his priorities.”

So following Mulvaney’s example, Times of San Diego searched Trump’s Twitter feed to determine what he really believes. Here are 10 takeaways, starting with the latest tweet.

He thinks Germany owes us “vast sums” of money.

He thinks President Obama ordered a wire tapping of Trump tower.

He thinks federal judges have too much power.

He doesn’t like California’s last Republican governor.

He thinks Mexico has taken advantage of the United States.

He thinks millions of people voted illegally in the general election.

He thinks he is being unfairly criticized.

He thinks immigrants bring disease (excluding perhaps his first and current wives).

He thinks vaccines cause autism.

He doesn’t believe in climate change.

I leave it to readers to decide whether to take Trump seriously, literally, neither or both based on his Twitter posts.


Chris Jennewein is editor and publisher of Times of San Diego.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.