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As he neared 100 days in office, President Trump called the benchmark "ridiculous" and suggested the media would portray him unkindly no matter how much he accomplished.

The abbreviation "S.C." appears to refer to Trump's Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, whose confirmation delivered a much-needed political victory to the president.

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  • Foreign policy
  • North Korea

President Trump continued to discuss China's potential to help the United States deal with North Korea.

China is North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, and Trump has suggested the country could play a key role in pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear program.

Trump's tweet echoed comments he made at a news conference the day before, when he cryptically referred to "some very unusual moves" made by the Chinese that he indicated were intended to pressure North Korea to back away from missile tests and its nuclear program.

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  • Foreign policy
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Free after having been detained in an Egyptian jail for nearly three years, Aya Hijazi was welcomed to the Oval Office on Friday in what the Trump administration cast as a diplomatic triumph.

Hijazi, a dual American Egyptian citizen who founded a non-governmental organization to help Egyptian street children, was imprisoned in 2014 on what U.S. officials and human rights advocates said were unsubstantiated charges of human trafficking.

After multiple delays, Hijazi's case finally was heard in an Egyptian court Sunday and she and her co-defendants were acquitted. She returned to the United States on Thursday on a U.S. government plane, accompanied by deputy national security advisor Dina Powell.

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President Trump with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House.
President Trump with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

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President Trump ripped the New York Times for tweeting a photo that suggested a significantly smaller turnout for a Super Bowl celebration at the White House with Trump than one two years ago with President Obama.

The Times on Wednesday tweeted an Associated Press photo of the New England Patriots standing behind Obama on the south side of the White House in 2015. Stairs on either side of the main group were filled with people. The tweet compared it with a Times photo taken Wednesday showing both staircases empty.

The Patriots responded on Twitter that the photos lack context, saying football staff sat on the South Lawn instead of standing on the stairs this year.

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  • His schedule
  • Domestic policy
  • The economy

President Trump shared Fox News footage of his remarks while signing a memorandum expediting an investigation into whether steel imports are jeopardizing national security.

Trump promised as a candidate to revitalize the American steel industry, the decline of which has been especially hard on states like Pennsylvania that were crucial to his victory.

The president said maintaining steel production was crucial to United States security interests because it was needed to build airplanes, ships and other machinery, along with roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

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President Trump shared a video of his joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Standing alongside Gentiloni, Trump praised Italy's contributions to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He commended its efforts toward seeking stability in Libya. He also hailed the country's contributions to art and music, touting the late opera legend Luciano Pavarotti as "a great friend."

But Trump remained steadfast on his demands that European allies meet their financial obligations in their partnerships with the U.S. He urged Italy to address the refugee crisis through a policy that "seeks the eventual return of refugees to their home countries so they can help to rebuild their own nations."

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President Trump applauded the results of a special House election in Georgia after Republicans forced the front-running Democratic candidate into a runoff, extending until June a congressional contest that has become a nationalized referendum on Trump's presidency.

Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Democratic congressional aide and filmmaker making his first run for public office, easily finished in first place. But he narrowly missed the 50%-plus-one-vote mark that would have given him the seat outright.

Instead he will meet Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, in the June 20 runoff.

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  • Domestic policy
  • The economy

President Trump on Wednesday shared a promotional video for the "Buy American, Hire American" executive order he had signed the day before.

Returning to a favorite campaign theme at a time when his domestic agenda has stalled, Trump on Tuesday ordered a review of a visa program that he said has undercut American workers, declaring his move a “powerful signal” of his administration’s commitment to “finally put America first.”

The order that Trump signed also initiates a separate review of government purchasing practices with the goal of more strictly enforcing “buy American” requirements that officials said have been diluted over time by exemptions.

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President Trump shared footage of his signing of a bill to temporarily extend a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector, part of his effort to deliver on a campaign promise.

The extension will give Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin time to develop a more comprehensive plan to allow veterans to more easily go outside the VA health system for care. Under the bill Trump signed into law, the VA will be allowed to continue operating the program until funding runs out, which is expected early next year. The program was scheduled to expire on Aug. 7 with nearly $1 billion left over.

The so-called Choice Program was put in place after a 2014 scandal in which as many as 40 veterans died while waiting months to be scheduled for appointments at the Phoenix VA medical center.