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Seeking respite from the tumult he set off in Washington after firing his FBI director, an embattled President Trump on Saturday spoke before a friendly crowd of tens of thousands at Liberty University, where he lashed out at what he charges are “pathetic” critics and an establishment class trying to undermine him.

The president returned to his outsider message in his address to the evangelical Christian university’s graduating class. He spoke defiantly about challenging the Washington order as he grapples with a political crisis that keeps swelling amid shifting White House explanations for the FBI shake-up.

“I’ve seen firsthand how the system is broken,” Trump said, and how a “small group of failed voices” attempts to dictate “how to live and how to think.”

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President Trump, with First Lady Melania Trump, speaks at a White House Mother's Day celebration for military families on Friday.
President Trump, with First Lady Melania Trump, speaks at a White House Mother's Day celebration for military families on Friday. (Olivier Douliery / TNS)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His dismissal of any allegations of collusion between members of his campaign team and Russia as a "story" concocted by Democrats
  2. His defense of the White House's shifting narrative of FBI Director James B. Comey's firing
  3. His assertion that Comey leaked to the press and "had better hope" there are no recordings of his conversations with the president
  4. His claim that former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has stated "there is no collusion" between members of Trump's campaign team and Russia
  5. A new U.S.-China trade deal
  6. A White House event for military families
  7. A student model rocket named after him
  8. His weekly address
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President Trump shared a link to his weekly address, which touched on his efforts to revitalize the economy and plans to deliver commencement addresses at Liberty University on Saturday and at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday.

A full transcript of the address is available here.

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President Trump shared video footage of his remarks at a White House event for military mothers.

The president and First Lady Melania Trump hosted active-duty troops and their spouses and mothers at the White House for a celebration to mark Mother's Day weekend.

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President Trump is celebrating a student model rocket named after ... him.

Its creators, students from Victory Christian Center School in Charlotte, N.C., visited the White House on Friday.

The group is among 100 teams scheduled to compete Saturday in the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a national competition being held in northern Virginia.

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Amid tumult stemming from his firing of FBI Director James B. Comey – and the White House's shifting narrative of the event's timeline – President Trump returned to a familiar refrain, calling any claims of collusion between members of his campaign team and Russia "fake" news "fabricated" by Democrats as an excuse for losing the 2016 election.

The day before, Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt that he had decided to fire Comey regardless of whether the Justice Department recommended it, calling the ousted director “a showboat” and “a grandstander.”

That contradicted a statement released by the White House on Tuesday that said Trump had fired Comey “based on the clear recommendations” of Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.

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President Trump has complained bitterly about his belief that the Obama administration had secretly tapped his phones. The possibility that he might be surveilling his own White House was raised by a tweet he sent Friday morning referencing fired FBI Director James Comey.

When asked if that meant that Trump was secretly recording conversations that occur in the White House, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he had asked the president about the issue.

Based on that conversation, he offered this response: “The president has nothing further to add on that.”

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Amid continued backlash over his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, who had been supervising an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, President Trump attempted to turn attention toward what he emphatically called "real news."

In a tweet, he touted a new China-U.S. trade deal that will help sate the growing Chinese appetite for beef and allow more natural gas imports to fuel the country's expanding economy.

The agreement announced on Friday Beijing time appears to be a step toward easing discord between the world's two largest economies. Tensions have been stoked by Trump's aggressive rhetoric against Chinese exports and barriers to U.S. goods and investment.

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If President Trump had any qualms about his first meeting with Russia’s top diplomat and its controversial Washington envoy – the morning after Trump fired the FBI director investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election — he showed no outward sign of unease Wednesday.

Trump posed for grip-and-grin photos in the Oval Office, a venue usually reserved for welcoming other heads of state, with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s visiting foreign minister, and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador who has caused endless headaches for the White House.

The president’s first meeting with a senior Russian aide was closed to the U.S. news media. The White House had announced the meeting with Lavrov, but did not mention that Kislyak also would attend.

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President Trump tweeted that Russia "must be laughing" about the furor stemming from his decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey, which brought renewed attention to the FBI's investigation into whether Trump's current or former aides coordinated with Russian intelligence during the 2016 election.

As he's done in the past, the president characterized any allegations of collusion with Russia as fabrications advanced by Democrats to justify losing the election.

The day before, Trump posed for grip-and-grin photos in the Oval Office, a venue usually reserved for welcoming other heads of state, with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s visiting foreign minister, and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador who has caused endless headaches for the White House.