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President Trump applauded the release of data showing that Americans purchased homes at the fastest pace in nearly 11 years, as sales climbed 5.6% in November.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning:

The National Assn. of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes rose last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.81 million units. Home sales were last this strong in December 2006, when properties sold at annual pace of 6.42 million.

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President Trump praised the co-hosts of morning talk show "Fox & Friends" for topping an online list of 2017’s most influential figures in media.

“You deserve it — three great people!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

The list, compiled by Mediaite, specifically recognized "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade as "three of the most influential media people not just in the United States, but in the entire world."

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After 11 months in office, President Trump on Wednesday got to celebrate one of the things he's coveted most — a major legislative achievement — and on his party’s signature issue, tax cuts.

For a president who loves to tally wins and loathes losses, Congress’ final approval of the tax bill hours earlier was an essential capstone to a year in which Trump rolled back scores of regulations, sharply limited a refugee program, seated a conservative Supreme Court justice and opened vast new areas for oil exploration.

Despite a Congress controlled by Republicans, however, Trump had signed none of his major legislative promises into law this year and suffered one spectacular failure, on repealing President Obama’s health insurance law. Now he ends the year on a high note, though one that comes with a big caveat.

The House and Senate passed the sweeping GOP tax plan on near-party-line votes as congressional Republicans moved to give President Trump his most significant legislative victory of the year — one that has come at a steep political cost.

Senate approval shortly after midnight Wednesday fell along party lines, 51 to 48, with only Republicans voting yes. Republican Sen. John McCain, who returned home to Arizona as he fights brain cancer, did not vote.

Trump tweeted about the development minutes later:

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President Trump disputed a Washington Post report that he had discussed rescinding the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch earlier in the year.

Trump branded the article “FAKE NEWS” on Tuesday morning in a tweet:

According to the Post report, Trump became enraged in February, when Gorsuch reportedly told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) during a private meeting that he was "disheartened" by disparaging statements Trump had made about judges.

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President Trump, a commander in chief who occasionally directs foreign policy from his Twitter account, on Monday sought to define his overarching plan for keeping the country secure, releasing a lengthy national security strategy paper in advance of a speech distilling its “America first” theme.

Trump described his approach to national security as one that “puts America first” and relies on a “clear-eyed” assessment of U.S. interests, reflecting that he sees the United States locked in a global competition in which America’s economic prosperity and national security are closely linked.

Trump later shared via Twitter video clips of his speech at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where he laid out the strategy.

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President Trump celebrated another record day for the U.S. stock market Monday afternoon via Twitter.

The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 140.46 points, or 0.6%, to 24,792.20, as investors felt more sure that Republicans will pass their tax plan this week. It was the stock index’s 70th record-high close of 2017.

"We have NEVER had 70 Dow Records in a one year period," Trump tweeted. "Wow!"

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President Trump says he knew that Republicans Roy Moore and Ed Gillespie would lose their elections, but that he still believes the GOP will "do well in 2018," when the control of Congress is at stake.

In an early-morning tweet, Trump wrote:

Trump initially had endorsed Luther Strange for Alabama's Senate seat. But after Strange lost the GOP primary to Moore, Trump swung behind Moore. On election day, Trump wrongly predicted that voters would reject Moore's Democratic rival, tweeting: "The people of Alabama will do the right thing."

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The first Amtrak train to carry passengers on a new rail route in Washington state derailed off a bridge and onto Interstate 5 on Monday morning, killing multiple people, according to officials and local media reports.

In his initial response to the crash, President Trump pushed for Congress to support his legislative agenda.

Trump tweeted:

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President Trump shared via Twitter a proclamation declaring Wright Brothers Day.

Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with starting the aviation industry on Dec. 17, 1903, when they launched the first manned, powered flight.

In a statement linked to his tweet, Trump called the achievement “one of the most remarkable triumphs of the 20th century.”