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Trump Started 2019 on an Angry, Lonely Note

While the nation celebrated, the president brooded, berated, and tweeted his way through the new year.
Source: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Americans across the country rang in the new year in the usual way—by kissing their loved ones, partying with friends, watching the Times Square ball drop on television.

President Donald Trump, on the other hand, started off 2019 by urging the nation to “JUST CALM DOWN.”

This all-caps presidential exhortation, delivered to some 56.8 million Twitter followers and, by extension, the country at large, was of a piece with Trump’s tweeted musings for the duration of the holiday period. For a commander in chief who had planned to spend some relative downtime playing.

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