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After days of basking in the flattery of other world leaders, President Trump dished out some of his own Thursday, bestowing kind words and gestures on an unlikely counterpart, China’s Xi Jinping, a communist leader who just tightened his grip on power in a country Trump accused during the campaign of “raping” U.S. workers.

Trump called Xi "a very special man" with whom he has "great chemistry." He congratulated Xi on the recent Communist Party Congress, which gave new authority to the Chinese leader. And although he challenged Xi on the economy and the "menace" of North Korea, he cast more blame on his American predecessors than on Xi for the trade imbalance.

"I don't blame China," Trump said at a ceremony involving U.S. and Chinese business leaders. "Who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? I give China great credit."

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President Trump marked the one-year anniversary of his 2016 election victory with a tweet.

On Thursday from Beijing, Trump wrote: 

Trump attached to his tweet a photo of himself with a collection of former campaign aides turned White House staffers.

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President Trump began his first full day in China on Thursday with an elaborate welcome ceremony ahead of a series of talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Trump began his day at the Great Hall of the People, an imposing government building that sits by Tiananmen Square. Normally brisk Beijing traffic was halted as the American president's motorcade made its way from the St. Regis Hotel for the short journey. The tourists that normally pack the square were also missing.

When Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived, they were greeted by Xi, his wife, Peng Liyuan, an honor guard and a Chinese military band that played the U.S. and Chinese national anthems. Cannons fired 21 shots from Tiananmen Square.

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President Trump distanced himself from defeated Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie in a tweet sent Tuesday night.

Addressing the disappointing result in a race seen as an early referendum on his political clout, Trump wrote:

Actually, Gillespie, a mainstream Republican who lost the Virginia governor's race to Democrat Ed Northam, had taken up Trump-like positions on such issues as Confederate monuments, NFL players' national anthem demonstrations and the dangers of Latino gangs. Trump endorsed him but was not invited to campaign in the state in recent weeks.

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President Trump didn’t threaten to unleash “fire and fury” or to “totally destroy” North Korea. He didn’t needle North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by calling him “Little Rocket Man.”

Instead, during a two-day visit to South Korea's capital, within range of North Korean artillery, Trump spoke in unusually measured tones for him, and offered North Korea's ruler "a path to a much better future" if he would give up his nuclear weapons entirely.

In a sober speech to the South Korean National Assembly on Tuesday, Trump described a vivid contrast between what he called "the miracle" of prosperous and free South Korea and "the prison state of North Korea," with its poverty, forced labor, torture and oppression — "a hell that no person deserves."

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President Trump thanked Americans for participating in a series of prescription drug "take-back" and disposal events last Saturday.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration partnered with local police departments to hold drop-off events where people could dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs. Trump tweeted that "a record amount" of medications were collected.

Trump has made sweeping promises to mobilize the federal government against the deadly opioid epidemic, but he's so far stopped well short of a major new commitment of resources for a crisis that last year killed more than 64,000 Americans.

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President Trump wished a happy birthday to Christian evangelist Billy Graham in a tweet sent Tuesday morning.

Trump named in his message Billy's oldest son, preacher Franklin Graham, a staunch supporter who has appeared at rallies in support of the president.

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President Trump arrived in South Korea, the second stop on a five-nation Asia tour, after a visit to Japan in which he called on Tokyo to buy U.S. antimissile batteries both to counter the growing ballistic missile threat from North Korea and to create more jobs for Americans.

Trump landed in South Korea, on North Korea's doorstep, at midday Tuesday. He immediately went to Camp Humphreys, an expansive U.S. military base built with South Korean help that houses more than 10,000 American soldiers about 40 miles south of Seoul, the capital. There he joined American and Korean soldiers for lunch.

Also there was South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who greeted Trump with an elaborate welcome ceremony featuring a banquet with K-pop performances.

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After U.S. stocks made modest gains and set more records Monday, President Trump credited "great confidence" in his administration's policies.

In a pair of tweets early Tuesday, Trump specifically touted Republicans' promised overhaul of the nation's tax code.

Trump's tweets came as members of the House Ways and Means Committee began several days of debating the tax bill and considering amendments. The bill centers on a large cut to the corporate tax rate and a simplification of the individual tax code that reduces rates but also scraps or scales back some popular deductions, such as those for mortgage interest and state and local income taxes.

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President Trump weighed in Monday on the reported arrests of dozens of Saudi princes, current and former government officials and business leaders.

In a pair of tweets, Trump appeared to side with King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is reportedly overseeing the newly formed anti-corruption committee that ordered the dramatic purge.

It is unclear whether the arrests in Saudi Arabia were part of an anti-corruption investigation or a move by King Salman to consolidate power around his own family, or both. Among the princes and current and former ministers arrested was Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the Middle East's richest people, with large investments in numerous U.S. and global companies.