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Hours after taking to Twitter to lash out at talk show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for the third time in as many days, President Trump renewed his screed against "fake news" Saturday afternoon and defended his use of social media.

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  • On the media
  • Insults
(Associated Press)

President Trump escalated an intensely personal feud with two high-profile talk show hosts Saturday, suggesting without evidence that their network is biased against him.

The president's stream of insults has pained politicians from both parties who have appealed to him, without apparent success, to stop the 140-character bursts of character attacks and focus on running the country.

Trump lashed out at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," on Twitter on Saturday. From his New Jersey golf club, he said: "Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses."

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President Trump crosses the tarmac to Marine One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., on Friday, June 30, 2017, en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
President Trump crosses the tarmac to Marine One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., on Friday, June 30, 2017, en route to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

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  • Foreign policy
  • North Korea

After delivering a joint statement in the Rose Garden with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump tweeted that "the era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed."

Trump railed against the North Korean government as a "reckless and brutal regime" as he addressed the media with Moon on Friday. He pointed to the death of American college student Otto Warmbier, which took place shortly after his release from North Korean custody.

Trump said that his goal is "peace, stability and prosperity" for the region, but warned that the United States will "always" defend itself and its allies.

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  • Domestic policy

President Trump is forming a National Space Council to be led by Vice President Mike Pence. He signed an executive order Friday to revive a council that hasn't been in place since 1993.

Trump said the announcement sends a clear signal to the world about the United States' leadership in space. He said that space exploration would help the economy and national security.

Members of the council will include the secretaries of state, defense, commerce, transportation and homeland security, as well as the head of NASA, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the national security advisor and the director of national intelligence. The council will also draw on insights from scientists and business leaders.

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  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls
  • Fox News

President Trump barged into Senate Republicans' delicate healthcare negotiations Friday, declaring that if lawmakers can't reach a deal, they should simply repeal "Obamacare" right away and then replace it later on.

His tweet revives an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself considered but dismissed months ago as impractical and politically unwise.

And it's likely to further complicate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's task as he struggles to bridge the divide between GOP moderates and conservatives as senators leave Washington for the July 4 break without having voted on a healthcare bill as planned.

  • On the media
  • Insults

“Donald Trump is not well,” declared the headline of a Washington Post op-ed column by MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, which they used as talking points during a lengthy segment on their show, “Morning Joe.”

In the column and on the program, they said the White House used the threat of a National Enquirer story about their romantic relationship as leverage in an unsuccessful effort to extract an apology for on-air criticism of the president.

Trump fired back Friday on Twitter, insisting that it was Scarborough who had sought him out in an effort to have the Enquirer story spiked.

  • Domestic policy

Twenty federal gun agents have been assigned to Chicago to join a newly formed task force aimed at cutting the flow of illegal guns into the city and cracking down on people repeatedly arrested on gun charges.

Hours after the Chicago Police Department sent out a news release about the task force, President Trump claimed credit for sending in the agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Trump said there have been "1714 shootings in Chicago this year," but the number is actually higher, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune. As of Friday morning, the number of people shot in Chicago was at least 1,760, still lower than this time last year, when violence reached levels not seen in two decades.

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  • Foreign policy
  • His schedule
  • The economy

President Trump opened his meeting Friday with newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in with tough trade talk, announcing he is renegotiating a 5-year-old trade deal between their two countries that was a joint legacy of Presidents George W. Bush and Obama.

Yet it was unclear from his and administration aides’ remarks how significant a break Trump was making with a free-trade agreement that had broad support when it was approved in Congress.

Trump’s announcement could be seen as a provocation of an ally during a delicate time, when the administration is looking to South Korea to help contain North Korea’s nuclear program.

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President Trump speaks as First Lady Melania Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in look on before dinner at the White House in Washington on June 29, 2017.
President Trump speaks as First Lady Melania Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in look on before dinner at the White House in Washington on June 29, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)

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