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Iranians protesting the country’s strained economy gathered in Tehran and another major city Friday for the second day of spontaneous, unsanctioned demonstrations placing pressure on President Hassan Rouhani’s government.

President Trump expressed support for the protesters Friday night in a tweet calling on the Iranian government to “respect their people's rights”:

The semi-official Fars news agency reported that officials said around 300 protesters gathered Friday in the western city of Kermanshah, the scene of a devastating earthquake in November that killed more than 600 residents. In Tehran, fewer than 50 people protested at a public square.

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Iranians protesting the country’s strained economy gathered in Tehran and another major city Friday for the second day of spontaneous, unsanctioned demonstrations placing pressure on President Hassan Rouhani’s government.

President Trump expressed support for the protesters Friday night in a tweet calling on the Iranian government to “respect their people's rights”:

The semi-official Fars news agency reported that officials said around 300 protesters gathered Friday in the western city of Kermanshah, the scene of a devastating earthquake in November that killed more than 600 residents. In Tehran, fewer than 50 people protested at a public square.

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President Trump claimed in a tweet Friday morning that he is “approximately” as popular as his predecessor. Most polls indicate that is not accurate.

Citing a “Fox & Friends” report, Trump boasted that his job approval rating on Dec. 28 was about the same as that enjoyed by former President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009.

Trump was referring to the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, which on Thursday put his approval rating at 46%. The poll had shown Obama’s approval rating to be 47% on the same date in 2009.

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President Trump claimed in a tweet Friday morning that he is “approximately” as popular as his predecessor. Most polls indicate that is not accurate.

Citing a “Fox & Friends” report, Trump boasted that his job approval rating on Dec. 28 was about the same as that enjoyed by former President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009.

Trump was referring to the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, which on Thursday put his approval rating at 46%. The poll had shown Obama’s approval rating to be 47% on the same date in 2009.

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President Trump says there won't be protection for young immigrants brought into the country illegally unless he gets funding for a border wall and other items.

Trump tweeted Friday:

The battle over immigration has been delayed until next year. Democrats want protections for the young immigrants, who are referred to as "Dreamers." But GOP demands for Trump's border wall and for an increase in immigration agents have proved difficult to resolve.

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President Trump took aim at the United States Postal Service on Friday, admonishing the agency for its financial losses and for failing to charge more.

“Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!” the president wrote on Twitter:

Amazon stock fell 6.1% in the hours following the tweet. A representative of the postal service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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President Trump took aim at the United States Postal Service on Friday, admonishing the agency for its financial losses and for failing to charge more.

“Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!” the president wrote on Twitter:

Amazon stock fell 6.1% in the hours following the tweet. A representative of the postal service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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President Trump says the East Coast "could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming" as bitter cold temperatures are expected to freeze large swaths of the country this holiday weekend.

In a Thursday-evening tweet, Trump wrote:

The president has repeatedly expressed skepticism about climate change science, calling global warming a "hoax" created by the Chinese to damage American industry.

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President Trump promoted via Twitter a poll that put his job approval rating at 46% on Thursday:

The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, which has been consistently more favorable to the president than most other major surveys, also shows that 53% of likely U.S. voters disapprove of Trump's job performance.

Even that is somewhat of an outlier, with several other recent polls showing the proportion of Americans who disapprove of Trump’s performance to be pushing 60%.

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President Trump promoted via Twitter a poll that put his job approval rating at 46% on Thursday:

The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll, which has been consistently more favorable to the president than most other major surveys, also shows that 53% of likely U.S. voters disapprove of Trump's job performance.

Even that is somewhat of an outlier, with several other recent polls showing the proportion of Americans who disapprove of Trump’s performance to be pushing 60%.