Donald Trump's Most Liked Tweets in the past Four Years

Donald Trump has long favored Twitter as a method to circumvent the media, criticize political rivals and speak directly to his base. "I love Twitter.... it's like owning your own newspaper—without the losses," he tweeted in 2012.

In the years since that post, his following on the platform has ballooned to more than 87 million accounts and his posts still regularly dominate the news cycle. Trump created his profile in May 2009 and as of today has posted more than 55,000 tweets.

Over the past four years, since winning the White House in November 2016, a database called the Trump Twitter Archive shows he has tweeted more than 25,000 times—with the majority of his top 30 most-liked updates published in 2019 and 2020.

With close to 1.9 million likes, Trump's most-favorited tweet throughout his term remains his announcement that he and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19, which was posted October 2 this year and also attracted hundreds of thousands of shares.

The president's second most-liked post was from the same day, when he gave a brief update to his followers that his treatment for the novel coronavirus-linked disease was "going welI, I think!" That post has been liked approximately 1.2 million times.

Trump's third most-favorited tweet over the past four years was dated August 2, 2019, when he referenced U.S. rapper Rakim Mayers, aka ASAP Rocky, being released from custody in Sweden and was "on his way home," picking up 821,000 likes.

Broadly, a lot of Trump's most popular posts throughout his term were shorter updates with a simple message. On May 29, the president's one-word post "CHINA!" attracted 765,000 likes, his fifth most liked post ever. It came as he blasted Beijing from the Rose Garden for "ripping off" the U.S. and allegedly covering-up "the Wuhan virus."

Just ahead of that in terms of popularity, Trump's fourth most-liked tweet was a May 31 claim that Antifa, a loose left-wing protest collective which is not a formal organization, would be designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization, with 788,000 likes.

Just missing the top 10 list, the president's December 25, 2019, post that simply stated "Merry Christmas!" was liked more than 686,000 times. Just ahead of that, with 695,000 likes, was his message paying respects to the late basketball player Kobe Bryant.

Based on the Trump Twitter Archive, here are the top 10 most-liked posts published by President Donald Trump between November 2016 and the start of this month:

1) The positive COVID-19 test

Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020

2) A brief COVID-19 health update

Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020

3) A$AP Rocky released from custody

A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019

4) Antifa advocates declared terrorists

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020

5) A single word post without context

CHINA!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020

6) A COVID-19 hospital health update

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020

7) A picture of the American flag

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020

8) Teasing COVID-19 treatments as 'miracles'

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020

9) A military update about Iran

All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020

10) Paying respects to Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020

Last month, Newsweek reported Trump's Twitter use in October had surged by over 100 percent when the frequency of his updates were compared to a same two-week period leading into the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton. This week, the president has been taking full advantage of the account to blast his main political opponent, Joe Biden.

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President Donald Trump speaks to the press at General Mitchell International Airport November 2, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty