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Here’s who Donald Trump follows on Twitter — and who he has unfollowed

Ethan Wolff-Mann
Senior Writer
Donald Trump uses Twitter to bypass the media and its fact-checking to send his message directly to the public without context. However, he does not follow many other accounts. Source: AP

Twitter (TWTR) can be a personal wire service, complete with thoughts directly from the sources, relevant articles filtered by approved people, and breaking news. But it’s not used as a feed by everybody.

Many people, often with large follower accounts, do not use it to read or listen, but simply as a pulpit. A key example is President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter account, which he uses to speak to his followers, which number 18.5 million, of which 14.1 million of them are real. He follows just 42 people.

There are roughly four groups of people Trump follows: Trump family members, Trump business organizations and associates, political commentators favorable to him, and a miscellaneous category.

The first group is the current family, which makes up seven accounts he follows, or 17%. Melania and Trump’s first four children are represented, along with their spouses, except for Jared Kushner who has a Twitter account but has yet to tweet. (Trump does not follow his second wife Marla Maples, and his first, Ivana Trump, isn’t on Twitter.)

Trump follows seven corporate accounts associated with his specific golf courses and hotels, and a few more national accounts for his organization and national golf club. He follows a few people related his reality show, “The Apprentice,” including season one contestant Katrina Campins, and executive producer Mark Barrett. This comprises around 29% of the accounts.

The political people Trump follows makes up half, and features mostly media figures who are favorable to the president-elect, including Fox News anchors Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter. He has unfollowed and refollowed his Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus.

There are some media personalities who are not necessarily supporters, including Piers Morgan and Geraldo Rivera. In October 2016, Rivera said, but later recanted, that he had embarrassing Trump remarks on tape. However, both have been sympathetic to Trump of late.

In addition to the media figures, which are a third of the 42 people followed by Trump, the president-elect also follows people who served in his campaign like former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, spokesperson Katrina Pierson, and social media consultant Dan Scavino, Jr.

The final category is small, featuring two sports figures: legendary retired South African golfer Gary Player and WWE Chair and CEO, Vince McMahon, who is married to Trump’s pick to head the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon.

If you want to see what the Trump’s Twitter feed looks like, you can subscribe or view this list.

People Trump has unfollowed

The list of people Trump has followed and then unfollowed is perhaps more interesting. Most recently he (mysteriously) followed and unfollowedEmergency Kittens,” an account dedicated to “the cutest cats online.” Additionally, Trump has followed and unfollowed actress Roma Downey, who is married to “The Apprentice” executive producer Mark Burnett,  a number of times, according to Death and Taxes.

Previous iterations of “followed” lists show others. Mediaite shows that Trump also used to follow Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Magic Johnson, as well as “Apprentice” alums Shawn Johnson—an Olympic gymnast—Tana Goertz, and Leeza Gibbons. Entrepreneur and “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” author Robert Kiyosaki, who advocated insider trading and later went bankrupt, is no longer followed.

Additionally, golf courses Trump Ferry Point, Trump Westchester, as well as hotels Trump Toronto, Trump Panama, Trump Soho, and Trump Tower were on the list at one time, but no more. Former Ferry Point manager Joe Roediger is also gone.

In the political and media sphere, Mediaite’s list showed that Brett Baier of Fox News, who moderated a primary presidential debate, has been cut, as has the Business Insider politics account. Tea Partier and Breitbart columnist Jenny Beth Martin is out as well.

Update February 2, 2017: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is now unfollowed.

Update February 2, 2017: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is now re-followed.

Update February 15, 2017: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway followed, after speculation that she had been unfollowed after retweeting a white nationalist account.

Update March 13, 2017: Trump unfollows Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe.

Update June 2, 2017: Trump follows Jesse Watters and Tucker Carlson of Fox News.

What  it means

Lately, Trump has generally stuck to retweeting his kids, social media consultant Scavino, and a tweet from Priebus, suggesting he’s not active in his own feed as a consumer. When he has retweeted in the past, it has been in the form of a quote, often with a comment at the end.

Similarly, Trump’s following and interaction with the impersonal Trump golf course, hotel, business accounts suggests the inclusion is merely perfunctory or ceremonial, like the rest of the list.

This means that not being followed by Trump is probably not a slight. No cabinet members are followed. Neither is senior advisor Stephen Bannon nor his controversial website Breitbart makes the cut either.

Given the capriciousness of the list, more could be read from the “unfollowed” list; we’d assume the president-elect went out of the way to dispatch people like Bret Baier, Magic Johnson, and Steven Tyler. These could be viewed as slights.

Here’s the full list, in the order they were followed:

Ivanka Trump

Trump’s daughter, and the first person Donald Trump followed.

Donald Trump, Jr.

His eldest son.

Piers Morgan

British television personality and journalist.

Greta Van Susteren

Commentator, legal analyst, and former Fox News anchor. Trump incorrectly interpreted a statement by Van Susteren as advice not to release his tax returns during an audit.

Bill O’Reilly

Political commentator on Fox News.

Eric Trump

Donald Trump’s second son.

Trump Los Angeles

A Trump golf course in LA.

Trump Washington D.C.

A Trump golf course in Virginia.

Trump Hotel Chicago

A Trump hotel in Chicago.

Trump Vegas Hotel

A Trump hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

Trump Charlotte

A Trump golf course in Charlotte, NC.

Trump National Doral

A Trump golf course in Miami.

Trump Waikiki

A Trump hotel in Oahu, Hawaii.

Dan Scavino Jr.

Trump’s Director of Social Media

Vince McMahon

CEO and Chair of WWE, Inc.

Gary Player

South African golfer.

Mark Burnett

Executive producer of “The Apprentice.”

Eric Bolling

Conservative political commentator on Fox News.

Geraldo Rivera

Television personality and commentator on Fox News. The only Latinx person Trump follows.

Melania Trump

Trump’s current wife.

Fox & Friends

Morning show on Fox News.

Michael Cohen

Trump Organization executive, attorney, and advisor.

Katrina Pierson

Trump campaign spokesperson, Tea Party activist.

Katrina Campins

Season 1 of “The Apprentice” cast member.

Diamond and Silk

Trump supporters and vloggers.

Ann Coulter

A far-right commentator and columnist and early Trump supporter.

Corey Lewandowski

Donald Trump’s controversial former campaign manager.

Fox Nation

A Fox account for its conservative community.

Sean Hannity

Fox TV host and early Trump supporter.

Lara Trump

Wife of Eric Trump. Associate producer for “Inside Edition.”

Vanessa Trump

Wife of Donald Trump, Jr.

Drudge Report

Conservative news aggregation website.

Team Trump

Campaign account.

Mike Pence

Vice President-elect.

Laura Ingraham

Conservative political commentator for TV and radio.

Tiffany Trump

Trump’s daughter with second wife Marla Maples. Recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Trump Golf

National Trump Golf account.

Trump Organization

Account for the Trump Organization.

Roma Downey

Northern Irish actor, married to Mark Burnett, executive producer of “The Apprentice.”

Reince Preibus

Former RNC head, Trump administration chief of staff.

Kellyanne Conway

A Trump counselor.

The White House

Where he works.

Jesse Watters

Controversial Fox News television presenter.

Tucker Carlson

Fox News host and founder of the Daily Caller.

Formerly followed, then unfollowed:

Joe Scarborough

Political commentator on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”; served in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001.

Mika Brzezinski

Political commentator on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” journalist.


Emergency Kittens

An account dedicated to “the cutest cats online.”

Steven Tyler

Aerosmith lead singer.

Magic Johnson

Basketball legend.

Shawn Johnson

Olympic gymnast and “Apprentice” alum.

Tana Goertz

“Apprentice” alum and campaign member.

Leeza Gibbons

“Apprentice” alum and former co-host of “Entertainment Tonight.”

Robert Kiyosaki

Author and entrepreneur who declared bankruptcy in 2012.

Trump Ferry Point

Trump golf course off the Whitestone Bridge in New York.

Trump Toronto

A Trump hotel in Toronto.

Trump Panama

A Trump hotel in Panama City, Panama.

Trump Soho

A Trump hotel in SoHo, Manhattan.

Trump Westchester

A golf course in Westchester County, New York.

Trump Collection

A defunct account for the Trump brand.

Trump Tower

Donald Trump’s Manhattan residence and business headquarters.

Joe Roediger

Manager of Trump Ferry Point.

Brett Baier

Fox News anchor, primary debate moderator.

Business Insider

Business news website.

Jenny Beth Martin

Tea Party member and Breitbart columnist.