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Donald Trump, the attention-seeker

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ANALYSIS: At a social media event he held at the White House last week, US President Donald Trump fondly recalled the days when one of his tweets could electrify the country - and send his follower count soaring.

"It would be like a rocket ship when I put out a beauty," he said wistfully. "Remember when I said somebody was spying on me?"

Trump was recounting the time in March 2017 when he tweeted that his predecessor Barack Obama had illegally wire-tapped the phones at his Trump Tower offices late in the 2016 election campaign.

There was no evidence for his claim yet it dominated the news agenda for days

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Nowadays, Trump complained, his tweets weren't performing as well as they used to - a fact he attributed to anti-conservative bias at the big social media companies.

Just three days later Trump logged on to Twitter and delivered one of the most inflammatory statements of his presidency - effectively telling four non-white........

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