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After his musings about the Civil War and Andrew Jackson generated sharp reaction, President Trump appeared to double down on the comments in a tweet.

In an interview that aired on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. channel and was published by the Washington Examiner, Trump said that he didn't understand why the Civil War was fought and that it wouldn't have happened, "had Andrew Jackson been a little later."

"He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War," Trump said of Jackson. "He said, 'There's no reason for this.' "

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President Trump shared two executive orders he signed during a visit to Pennsylvania on the 100th day of his presidency, which he celebrated with a rally in Harrisburg.

Trump visited the AMES Companies in Cumberland County, a shovel manufacturer since 1774. Against that backdrop, he signed an executive order directing the Commerce Department and the U.S. trade representative to conduct a study of U.S. trade agreements.

The goal is to determine whether America is being treated fairly by its trading partners and the 164-nation World Trade Organization.

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President Trump shared a link to a proclamation designating May 2017 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The full text of the proclamation can be found here.

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President Trump's motorcade arrives at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., on Sunday.
President Trump's motorcade arrives at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., on Sunday. (Jim Lo Scalzo / European Pressphoto Agency)

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During an interview with “Face the Nation” on CBS aired Sunday, President Trump said a revised bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has a “clause that guarantees” that people with pre-existing conditions will be covered. 

Trump said: “Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I just watched another network than yours, and they were saying, `Pre-existing is not covered.’ Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said, 'Has to be.'"

Despite a renewed White House effort push, the House did not vote last week on the revised healthcare bill. 

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Trump marked his 100th day in office Saturday with a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., where he continued to pledge to cut taxes and get tough on trade deals. 

“We are not going to let other countries take advantage of us anymore,” he said at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. “From now on it's going to be America first.” 

Trump's rally offered a familiar recapitulation of what he and aides have argued for days are administration successes, including the successful confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, his Cabinet choices and the approval of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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President Trump, in an interview aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping, with whom he met weeks ago in Florida, has been using Beijing’s leverage to restrain North Korea’s mercurial leader, Kim Jong Un.

In the interview, Trump said neither he nor Xi would be happy if Kim were to conduct a nuclear test, which would be North Korea’s sixth. There were some expectations in April that the hermit kingdom might conduct such a test in connection with observance of a patriotic holiday.

Asked in the CBS interview if a North Korea nuclear test would prompt U.S. military action, Trump replied: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see.”

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President Trump speaks at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. on Saturday, April 29.
President Trump speaks at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. on Saturday, April 29. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

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As he reached the 100-day benchmark, President Trump again took aim at a familiar target, blaming the news media for what he characterized as a refusal to cover his administration's "long list of achievements."

Trump ticked off gains in three areas, noting he's signed 28 bills into law, strengthened the country's borders and engendered "great" optimism.

Of the 28 bills Trump has signed, few have created substantive legislative change. For example, three of the bills made appointments to the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents. Another bill renamed a Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare center in Pennsylvania, while a fifth provided for the renaming of a clinic in American Samoa.

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President Trump drummed up excitement for a Saturday night rally in Harrisburg, Pa. He planned to skip the White House correspondents' dinner and instead celebrate his 100th day in office doing what got him there: taking his populist message directly to supporters in rural Pennsylvania, the state he turned from blue to red in his surprise electoral college win in November.

Since the rally will take place 50 miles from where Trump made his 100-day compact with voters in October, the president likely will tick off what he considers his tally of accomplishments.

Chief among them: He placed a conservative justice on the Supreme Court, revamped orders to allow immigration agents to deport more people in the country illegally and has initiated a program to roll back regulations on businesses and environmental protection.