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President Trump tweeted about the first Cabinet meeting of his administration, claiming that four members were absent because Senate Democrats had delayed his nominees' confirmations.

At the time of Trump's comment, the four Cabinet-level nominees who hadn't yet been confirmed were: Sonny Perdue for Agriculture secretary, Alexander Acosta for Labor secretary, Robert Lighthizer for U.S. trade representative and Dan Coats to head the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Trump named Perdue as his Agriculture secretary candidate on Jan. 19, but the formal nomination was only sent to the Senate on Thursday -- more than seven weeks later. Senators had also been waiting for Purdue's ethics paperwork, including an agreement for him to step down from several companies bearing his name. That wasn't received until Friday, according to Politico.

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  • Healthcare
  • His schedule
  • Insults
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

Criticism of the GOP's proposed healthcare plan to replace Obamacare doesn't seem to have changed the president's opinion. 

“I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially” under the measure being weighed by the House of Representatives, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Yet a Times analysis showed that the proposal would most hurt Trump's own backers — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country.

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In an interview in her New Jersey home with the local newspaper, the Bergen Record, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was asked about whether Trump’s wiretap claim distracted from White House efforts to sell his agenda.

“There are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately,” she said. “There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, etc. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.”

Put another way, Conway gave credence to the documents published by WikiLeaks in an attempt to back up the president’s claim.

  • Healthcare
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  • Domestic policy

President Trump blasted the Affordable Care Act and touted Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace it.

Earlier in the week, House Republicans had unveiled a long-awaited proposal for an Obamacare replacement. Though Trump pledged the plan would “lower costs, expand choices, increase competition and ensure healthcare access for all Americans,” an independent analysis conducted by the Congressional Budget Office later estimated it would remove health coverage for 24 million Americans by 2026.

Here's a look at how the two plans stack up.

  • His schedule

President Trump shared a link to his weekly address.

Topics included Women's History Month and health law reform.

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President Trump shared a video of a meeting with participants in the U.S. Senate Youth Program.

The program provides opportunities for high school students to gain firsthand knowledge about the workings of the federal government, according to its website.

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  • The economy

President Trump shared a link to a report that the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, which measures Americans' confidence in the economy, had reached the highest point in a decade.

His tweet came in the midst of a rise in business and consumer confidence. But it was unclear how much of that could be attributed to his administration, as it hasn't yet enacted any new economic policies.

  • Healthcare
  • On the media
  • Domestic policy

President Trump tweeted Thursday on the status of the healthcare plan to replace Obamacare, which was revealed this week by Republicans and has met with opposition from both the left and right. 

The tweet comes a day after Republican leaders worked frantically to salvage the overhaul, warning naysayers in the party to join or risk being blamed for breaking the GOP’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) insisted that Trump was on their side, and he sharpened his tone to push reluctant Republicans to embrace “what we’ve all been dreaming about,” rather than doom the bill over their differences. 

On Thursday morning, the bill had one early triumph as it passed through the Ways and Means Committee.

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  • Healthcare
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Trump tweeted about meeting with Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) to discuss lowering U.S. drug prices.

Trump was “enthusiastic” about the topic of drug pricing, Cummings told reporters after the meeting. “He was clearly aware of the problem and he made clear to us he wanted to do something about it.”

“He knew there was a whole group of lobbyists and a lot of money being poured into this,” Cummings said of the drug industry. “It boiled down to, again, saving people’s lives and saving money, and he was clear when you have situations where these companies are jacking up these prices it puts a lot of families in jeopardy.”

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  • Fox News

President Trump commented on a monthly employment trends newsletter from LinkedIn that found January and February were the strongest consecutive months for hiring since August and September of 2015. The report also found that overall hiring was down in most industries in February from January.

"The question is how much of this is politically motivated," LinkedIn editor Dan Roth said in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

"Are our employers feeling like they understand what's going on, that they can start hiring again? It's unclear exactly what's going on, but it matches up against the political calendar."