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President Trump met with the conservative Republican Study Committee and told members he was "1,000%" behind the GOP's Obamacare repeal as they incorporate new Medicaid changes ahead of next week's vote.

At the meeting, Trump endorsed committee members' ideas to change the Medicaid provision by allowing states to take federal funds as a lump-sum block grant and impose a work requirement for patients receiving care.

"He said he was 1,000% behind us," said Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), who was among those attending. He noted that in public remarks to the media afterward, Trump said he was 100% behind the bill.

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  • Accolades

President Trump wished his "friends" a happy St. Patrick's Day, using the Irish Gaelic term for the holiday, though his translation contained a misspelling, according to the International Business Times.

Trump's tweet came a day after he welcomed Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to Washington for a series of events celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

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  • On the media
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  • The economy

President Trump has made "the failing New York Times" one of his signature catchphrases. But he seemed to think the newspaper got something right with a story on how small business owners are reacting to his policies. Trump tweeted the piece, which published five days earlier, without comment.

  • Foreign policy
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  • North Korea

Shortly after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that the "policy of strategic patience has ended" in U.S. dealings with North Korea, President Trump tweeted his own take on Kim Jong Un's regime.

Tillerson, who is traveling in Asia, made his remarks Friday in South Korea. 

“Certainly we do not want for things to get to a military conflict,” Tillerson told reporters there. “We’ve been quite clear on that in our communications. But obviously if North Korea takes actions that threaten the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that will be met with an appropriate response."

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President Trump with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
President Trump with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

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  • The economy

President Trump tweeted about a meeting between his representatives and members of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

He also retweeted a message from the chamber welcoming his daughter Ivanka as host of a roundtable discussion with Latina business owners that took place Thursday morning at the Mayflower Hotel.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Javier Palomarez said that Ivanka Trump spent an hour and a half with the business owners, talking about issues including entrepreneurship and science education.

  • Healthcare
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  • Domestic policy

President Trump touted gains he said have been made when it comes to the Republicans' recently released bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

His comment came after the House Budget Committee voted Thursday to narrowly advance the troubled health bill.

Three conservative GOP lawmakers joined the panel's Democrats in voting against the measure. That was one vote shy of what would have been needed to deal a damaging and embarrassing — but not fatal — setback to the party's showpiece legislation.

  • His schedule
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President Trump welcomed Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who spoke at a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday as part of a series of events celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Those also included a one-on-one meeting with Trump at the White House, where the two discussed immigration, trade and the Irish economy.

On people living in the U.S. illegally, Kenny said, "We would like this to be sorted. It would remove a burden of so many people that they can stand out in the light and say, now I am free to contribute to America as I know I can. And that's what people want."

Kenny also urged Trump to consider providing more work visas "for young people who want to come to America and to work here."

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  • Domestic policy

The Trump administration proposed dramatic cuts to environmental protection, diplomacy and housing assistance as part of a budget blueprint that would ramp up defense spending and commit more than $4 billion for construction of a border wall with Mexico, setting up a battle with Democrats and potentially even fellow Republicans over government spending priorities.

Here's what the president had to say after releasing the blueprint:

The spending plan serves as a declaration of the kind of government President Trump envisions and reflects the realization of many promises that he made during the campaign, seeking to add $54 billion to the Pentagon’s budget to be offset by cuts elsewhere, beginning with U.S. foreign aid. The government allocated about $28 billion for foreign aid and humanitarian assistance in the current fiscal year.

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  • Fox News

President Trump promoted an interview with Fox News before it aired Wednesday night.

In the interview, host Tucker Carlson returned time and again to Trump’s own behavior and its potential to undermine the president’s credibility, precisely when he needs to convince Americans to support his plans.

“Why not wait to tweet about it until you can prove it?” he asked. “Don't you devalue your words when you can't provide evidence?”