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The Trump administration announced a major gang sweep Thursday, with the arrests of more than 200 members of the violent street gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.

President Trump on Friday tweeted a link to an article about the action. His message contained a video of a news conference announcing the arrests, interspersed with clips of a speech he gave in July in Brentwood, N.Y., in which he called for police and immigration officials to be “rough” with suspected gang members in order to rid the country of “animals” he said are terrorizing communities.

Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department said "Operation Raging Bull" was conducted across the United States from Oct. 8 to Nov. 11, and concluded with the arrest of 214 members of MS-13.

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President Trump suggested Friday that Democrats could exert greater sway over the shape of tax overhaul legislation if they weren't focused wholly on defeating it.

In a pre-dawn tweet, Trump wrote: 

In another post to his Twitter account, the president lauded "Great numbers on Stocks and the Economy."

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President Trump suggested Friday that Democrats could exert greater sway over the shape of tax overhaul legislation if they weren't focused wholly on defeating it.

In a pre-dawn tweet, Trump wrote: 

In another post to his Twitter account, the president lauded "Great numbers on Stocks and the Economy."

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President Trump on Thursday criticized Sen. Al Franken after a Los Angeles radio show anchor said that the Minnesota Democrat had forcibly kissed her and later groped her on a 2006 USO tour.

"The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words," Trump wrote Thursday night in one of two tweets on the topic. He misspelled "Frankenstein."

Leeann Tweeden, a news anchor on KABC's "McIntyre in the Morning," said in a post on the station's website Thursday and in interviews throughout the day that Franken had written a skit for the USO tour in which they kissed, and that he aggressively kissed her after demanding that they rehearse the scene.

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President Trump is pressing for the United Nations Security Council to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria.

The measure could face a veto from Russia, which is pushing a rival resolution opposed by the United States and other Security Council members.

If neither resolution is adopted, the Joint Investigative Mechanism would cease operations when its current mandate expires at midnight Thursday.

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President Trump is pressing for the United Nations Security Council to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria.

The measure could face a veto from Russia, which is pushing a rival resolution opposed by the United States and other Security Council members.

If neither resolution is adopted, the Joint Investigative Mechanism would cease operations when its current mandate expires at midnight Thursday.

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President Trump on Thursday congratulated House Republicans for approving their sweeping tax-cut package.

In a tweet, Trump called the vote "a big step toward fulfilling our promise to deliver historic TAX CUTS for the American people by the end of the year!"

The House approval of the tax plan set up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans are struggling to win support for their own significantly different approach.

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President Trump on Thursday congratulated House Republicans for approving their sweeping tax-cut package.

In a tweet, Trump called the vote "a big step toward fulfilling our promise to deliver historic TAX CUTS for the American people by the end of the year!"

The House approval of the tax plan set up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans are struggling to win support for their own significantly different approach.

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President Trump is calling China's plans to send an envoy to North Korea a "big move."

Trump weighed in on Twitter on Thursday:

The president did not elaborate.

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President Trump urged three suspended UCLA basketball players on Thursday to thank China's president for their freedom after they shoplifted in China.

Trump's suggestion came a day after he tweeted: "Do you think the three UCLA basketball players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!"

The trio – freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley – apologized that day and publicly thanked Trump, who was in Asia last week, for his help.