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President Trump offered condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died Monday afternoon after he was imprisoned by North Korea for 17 months and freed last week in a coma.

“There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life,” Trump said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.

"Otto’s fate deepens my administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency,” he continued. “The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

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In a series of tweets, President Trump attacked Democrats and promoted the Republican candidates running in this week's House elections in Georgia and South Carolina.

Trump first appeared to refer to Karen Handel, the Republican running in a special congressional election in Georgia's 6th District.

Handel faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in a nationally watched matchup that Democrats want to turn into a referendum on Trump.

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A day after the U.S. Navy released the identities of seven sailors who died in a collision involving the U.S. destroyer Fitzgerald and a container ship, President Trump extended his condolences to the victims' families.

The collision took place about 2:30 a.m. Saturday about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.

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President Trump welcomed the president of Panama to the White House on Monday, pointing to the United States' role in the construction of the Panama Canal at the start of his first face-to-face meeting with the Central American leader.

Trump met with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela for a discussion on organized crime, immigration, drug trafficking and economic issues. After Trump and First Lady Melania Trump escorted Varela and his wife, Lorena Castillo, to the Oval Office, the president quickly noted their historical ties.

"The Panama Canal is doing quite well. I think we did a good job building it, right?" Trump told Varela, who responded, "very good job."

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President Trump, First Lady Melania and son Barron cross the South Lawn of the White House on June 18, 2017, in Washington, upon returning from Camp David in Maryland.
President Trump, First Lady Melania and son Barron cross the South Lawn of the White House on June 18, 2017, in Washington, upon returning from Camp David in Maryland. (Zach Gibson / Getty Images)

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  • Obama

For the second time in as many days, President Trump touted the results of a Rasmussen Reports poll that put his approval rating at 50%.

Trump suggested that his approval rating was higher than that of his predecessor, Barack Obama. That does not appear to be the case – at least not when comparing statistics from similar stages of the two men’s presidencies.

Rasmussen poll results released about five months into Obama's first term – on June 16, 2009 – had his approval rating at 56%. An average of the major national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics put Obama's approval rating on June 16, 2009, at 59.6%.

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After spending the weekend at Camp David, President Trump had only good things to say about the government-owned retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.

Nearly five months into his presidency, Trump flew to Camp David for the first time Saturday. A frequent weekend traveler, he has favored his palatial residences in Florida and New Jersey over the wooded hideaway used by many presidents for a break from Washington.

Few expect the luxury-loving leader to make this a regular thing. After all, Trump told foreign newspapers earlier this year that Camp David was "very rustic" and "you know how long you'd like it? For about 30 minutes."

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President Trump’s tweets in recent days condemning the actions of his own Justice Department have reached an intense level, revealing the president's increasing agitation about the government’s probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election and the attention it has drawn.

On Sunday, Trump again called the investigation a “witch hunt.”

Trump’s intemperate tweets have by now become commonplace, but few have been as revealing as last week’s volley of statements.

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President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron prepare to board Marine One on June 17, 2017, before heading to the Camp David presidential retreat for the weekend.
President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron prepare to board Marine One on June 17, 2017, before heading to the Camp David presidential retreat for the weekend. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)

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President Trump thanked Japan for its help in the search for seven American sailors who were missing after their Navy destroyer collided with a container ship early Saturday about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka.

The names of the missing sailors were being withheld pending notification of their families.

Relatives of crew members were frantically seeking news, appealing via social media for calls from sailors aboard the ship. Navy personnel set up support and counseling services to help families as they sought updates.