President Trump's most popular tweets of 2017

The president sent over 2,150 messages on Twitter during the year.

Trump's eight-year-old Twitter account frequently steered the daily news cycle and its messages, at times both garrulous and revelatory, racked up nearly 42 million total retweets and over 180 million likes across over 2,150 posts.

Here's a look back at @realDonaldTrump's five most liked and retweeted tweets from 2017:

Most liked

1. Nov. 12 - Kim Jong Un

As Trump traveled through Asia in November, he wrote the tweet about Kim Jong Un in what was then the latest salvo in an escalating war of words as North Korea continued to engage in missile tests throughout 2017 and the U.S. president threatened military action.

2. Jul. 2 - CNN

"#FraudNewsCNN #FNN"

In his ongoing criticism of the media, Trump took particular aim at CNN, which he labeled, "fraud news." Trump's July tweet featured a video of him tackling a man with a CNN logo superimposed over his head in the midst of a wrestling match.

3. Jan. 22 - "Peaceful protests"

"Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."

4. Oct. 2 - Las Vegas

"My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!"

"THANK YOU for another wonderful evening in Washington, D.C. TOGETHER, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN"

Most retweeted

1. Jul. 2 - CNN

"#FraudNewsCNN #FNN"

2. Nov. 12 - Kim Jong Un

"Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"

3 and 4. Nov. 6 - Saudi Arabia

"....Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!"

In back-to-back tweets threaded together, Trump expressed his confidence in the Middle Eastern U.S. ally after widespread arrests were made in what Saudi Arabia said was an anti-corruption investigation.

Not only was the second tweet the only post of Trump's more than 2,150 in 2017 in which the number of retweets was greater than the number of likes, the spread was greater than 30,000, making the message a highly unusual outlier from the year's archive.

5. May 20 - Middle East trip

Great to be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Looking forward to the afternoon and evening ahead. #POTUSAbroad

In an earlier post mentioning Saudi Arabia, Trump noted his pleasure at visiting the city of Riyadh, the initial stop on a trip through the Middle East and Europe in May -- his first international travel as president.