President Trump speaks June 4 at the Ford’s Theatre Gala, an annual charity event in Washington. (Mike Theiler/Reuters)

This article has been updated.

President Trump wears his heart on his sleeve.

It was obvious on the campaign trail, where he’d talk about whatever popped into his head, railing against whatever was making him mad or praising whichever major crowd or favorable poll was closest at hand. It’s obvious as well on Twitter, where Trump shares his opinions with the alacrity of a Brooklyn barber. Trump will literally see something on television and then tweet it out without fact-checking it, simply out of enthusiasm.

But he has another tell, too. When the news is not so good, Trump retreats from Twitter. We first noticed it after he lost the Iowa caucuses, when he went silent on his preferred communication medium for nearly a day. Last month, there was some question of whether his James-Comey-revelation-induced silence was unusually long; at that point, it wasn’t.

This one? This one is.

The last time Trump tweeted, as of writing, was Wednesday morning at 8:17 a.m. This tweet:

Nothing the rest of the day. Nothing during Comey’s media-intensive testimony on Capitol Hill. Silence.

As of right now, that’s the fifth-longest break Trump has taken from Twitter. If he can keep from tweeting until Friday morning, it will be the longest break he’s taken since he declared his candidacy.

Update, 10:50 p.m. We are now in the fourth-longest tweet drought of Trump’s time in politics and the longest since he was inaugurated. Further updates as needed.

Update, 12:41 a.m. We are now in the third-longest tweet drought of Trump’s time in politics. Further updates as needed.

Update, 7:20 a.m. Trump came up tantalizingly short on setting a new record. Had he gone three more minutes, he would have set it, but this tweet was slightly too early.

The graph below has been updated.


Here’s what he has to beat.

Fourth-longest break: April 2017

Reason for break: Weekend

Hiatus length: 2,312 minutes

First tweet after hiatus:

When did Trump break this mark? 10:49 p.m. Thursday

Third-longest break: August 2015

Reason for break: Travel to the Iowa State Fair

Hiatus length: 2,422 minutes

First tweet after hiatus:

When did Trump break this mark? 12:39 a.m. Friday

Second-longest break: November 2016

Reason for break: Post-election weekend

Hiatus length: 2,568 minutes

First tweet after hiatus:

When did Trump break this mark? 3:05 a.m. Friday

Longest break: November 2016

Reason for break: Thanksgiving holiday

Hiatus length: 2,756 minutes

First tweet after hiatus:

When would Trump break this mark? 6:13 a.m. Friday

It’s worth noting that, for all of the hand-wringing about how much Trump tweets and the trouble it gets him into, he’s actually slowed down his pace of tweeting since he won the presidency.


Perhaps that’s a function of having fewer excited crowds and soaring poll numbers to relay to the public. Or perhaps, as seems to be the case right now, Trump is being slightly more judicious about sharing his opinions.