Donald Trump may be lighting up Twitter with strange new words and attacks on allies but in the battle for most attention per tweet the US president is losing.The world leader whose original tweets generate the most retweets is Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, according the latest “Twiplomacy” study by communications firm Burson-Martsteller.
In terms of output, there is no contest: the Saudi king only tweeted 10 times during the period covered by the study — April 2016 to May 20 of this year.But those 10 tweets were each retweeted more than 147,000 times on average, dwarfing Trump’s 13,100 average retweets per tweet, said the study.
He (King Salman) posts exclusively in Arabic and without any visuals, but every tweet is a digital home run,” said the report, which was based on analysis of 856 official and personal Twitter accounts of leaders in 178 countries.
Retweets are only one measure of influence on the social media platform and Trump is gaining ground elsewhere.
With the internet poking fun at his use of the word “covfefe” in a post on Wednesday, which followed his assertion on Twitter that US-German trade was “very bad” for Americans, the report found that @realDonaldTrump could be the most followed world leader account by August.