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For months, he decried as a "witch hunt" the assessment of multiple U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for meddling in the 2016 election.

On Friday, President Trump appeared to to acknowledge that the country did, in fact, interfere.

In a tweet, he blamed his predecessor, writing that President Obama knew of Russia's efforts before the Nov. 8 election but did nothing to stop them.

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President Trump tweeted a video of his weekly address, which centered on healthcare legislation.

In his remarks, Trump said that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has been "wreaking havoc" on the nation's healthcare system, and that "millions more" would be hurt by its "deepening death spiral."

"It really is a disaster," he continued. "The American people are calling out for relief, and my administration is determined to provide it. And we are working with Congress to get a bill on my desk so we can rescue Americans from this catastrophe."

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President Trump touted his achievements, tweeting that he has signed 38 bills despite little support from Democrats.

The president's Friday signing of a bill that will make it easier to discipline and fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees brought the number of laws he's enacted to 40, according to a report from NPR.

But of those laws, few created substantive legislative change. As NPR noted, 15 of them reversed Obama-era rules and regulations. Others renamed federal buildings, provided for the creation of memorials or were related to personnel or government spending.

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President Trump called it “bothersome” that the special counsel now overseeing the Russia probe was “good friends” with fired FBI Director James B. Comey, and said he hinted at having tapes of his private conversations — apparently falsely — to try to influence Comey's eventual testimony.

The president made his remarks during an interview that aired Friday morning on “Fox & Friends," but was recorded on Thursday just hours after he tweeted that he did not, in fact, have tapes. Trump said that floating the possibility they did exist might have forced Comey "to tell what actually took place at the events."

“When he found out that, I, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed,” Trump said. “My story didn’t change. My story was always a straight story.”

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President Trump signed into law Friday a bill that will ease restrictions on the discipline and termination of employees from the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 is designed to speed up the process to discipline an employee for misconduct and put more decision-making power in the hands of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

The act is in response to the 2014 VA scandals involving long wait times for medical care and attempts by VA employees to cover up the delays.

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President Trump, flanked by First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen Pence, speaks at the congressional picnic at the White House on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
President Trump, flanked by First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen Pence, speaks at the congressional picnic at the White House on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His thanks to Iowa after he spoke at a rally there
  2. The assessment of multiple U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, which he appeared to doubt
  3. His hope that Democrats won't force out House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
  4. His disclosure that he does not have tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James B. Comey
  5. The government's ongoing efforts to arrest suspected MS-13 gang members
  6. The need for a border wall after a report ranked Mexico as the world's second-deadliest country
  7. His support for Senate Republicans' draft healthcare bill
  8. Well wishes for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.)
  9. His hosting of the congressional picnic
  10. The president retweeted a message from Fox News' Fox Nation that linked to a video clip of an interview with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who told reporters that the Senate healthcare bill doesn't do enough to address rising premiums, but that he's confident lawmakers will be able to "get to 'yes'" after negotiations
  11. Trump also retweeted a message from Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that linked to a video report debating whether he'd be justified in saying "I told you so" after predicting the current upswing in American home values in a June 2012 tweet
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President Trump and his wife, Melania, hosted their first congressional picnic Thursday, with the president using the convivial evening to pay tribute to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), hospitalized after being seriously wounded in a shooting last week.

Trump also paid tribute to the spirit of "unity" that was on display the next night at the annual congressional charity baseball game and declared that more of it was needed in a nation's capital so often divided by partisan rancor.

"It's our hope that the unity that was displayed that evening can maybe continue to grow and thrive between Republicans and Democrats. I think we'd all be doing a lot better and I know the country would be doing a lot better," said Trump in brief remarks to the crowd. "Tonight, let us enjoy the comfort of our loved ones and tomorrow let us continue to do the people's bidding and create the optimistic future our citizens so richly deserve."

In a tweet labeled "throwback Thursday," President Trump shared a photo of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) taken May 4 at a Rose Garden reception to celebrate House Republicans' passage of legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

Scalise was shot last week at a Republican congressional baseball practice. He was upgraded to fair condition on Wednesday.

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President Trump thanked attendees of a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he delivered remarks on Wednesday night.

The president later shared a video clip that focused on a portion of his speech during which he repeatedly remarked on the size of the audience.

Trump clearly delighted in returning to a campaign-like setting, an arena packed with enthusiastic supporters applauding his attacks on Democrats and the media as well as his renewed calls for stricter immigration policies.

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President Trump tweeted that Mexico was "just ranked" the world's second-deadliest country and renewed his call for a wall to be built along the border with the United States.

Trump appeared to refer to a report released May 9 by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, which concluded that criminal violence in Mexico had reached "a level akin to armed conflict."

The report found that, in 2016, Mexico saw 23,000 homicides. Among countries the authors considered to be in armed conflict, only Syria had a higher death toll.