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After President Trump said that relations between the United States and Russia "may be at an all-time low," he took to Twitter to reassure the public that "things will work out fine."

The day before, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to tap the brakes on what appeared to be a free fall in relations between Washington and Moscow, but talks between their top diplomats failed to bridge disputes over last week’s poison gas attack in Syria and other key issues.

The high-level meetings in Moscow came as Trump continued a week of flip-flops in which he has jettisoned large chunks of the foreign policy — and significant pieces of economic policy — that he espoused as he ran for the presidency.

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President Trump welcomed to the White House police, fire and other personnel who responded to the bridge collapse that forced the closure of a portion of Interstate 85 in Atlanta last month.

Authorities have said that a fire under the bridge caused the collapse. A homeless man has been charged with setting the blaze.

Trump commended the first responders, saying their fast action, skill and courage as they battled 40-foot flames saved lives and represented the true strength of America.

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After a day of high-profile policy flip-flops in which President Trump praised China, declared the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was “no longer obsolete,” supported the Export-Import Bank, and said he would consider reappointing Janet L. Yellen as Federal Reserve chairwoman, he sought to reassure his supporters that he's still keeping the promises he made as a presidential candidate. 

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President Trump embraced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a "bulwark of international peace and security" after a White House meeting with the alliance's chief, reversing a skeptical earlier stance.

"I said it was obsolete. It is no longer obsolete," Trump said during a Wednesday news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, adding that the alliance was increasing cooperation to stem terrorist attacks, among other steps.

Trump met with Stoltenberg in the Oval Office for an hour and discussed ways in which the NATO chief plans to get member countries to increase military spending to bolster the alliance.

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President Trump praised Republicans' efforts to survive an embarrassing scare and narrowly hold on to a Kansas congressional seat in a special election that served as a surprising red-state referendum on Trump.

The single-digit victory for state Treasurer Ron Estes marked a far closer race than Democrats have pulled off in recent years, giving the party bragging rights as it looks to a series of special House elections this year.

Estes trailed in early tallies but then began to build a lead over Democratic civil rights attorney James Thompson, who had sought to translate anti-Trump anger on display at rallies and town halls across the country into a victory in one of the nation’s unlikeliest places. With 100% of precincts reporting, Estes led 53% to 46%.

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For the second day in a row, President Trump took to Twitter to escalate his rhetoric against North Korea, highlighting a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping during which the two leaders reportedly discussed what Trump called "the menace."

During the phone call, which came after the U.S. deployed warships to the region, Xi pressed Trump to avoid a military confrontation with North Korea.

Xi told Trump that China wanted a de-nuclearized North Korea, but urged a “peaceful solution,” according to Chinese state television. He also expressed a willingness to coordinate with the U.S.

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President Trump promoted an interview to air on Fox Business Network.

In the wide-ranging interview, the president touched on a number of topics, including the timeline of his tax reform plan and his reaction to Syria's chemical attack.

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President Trump touted his participation in a White House meeting with business leaders who are part of his strategic and policy forum.

During the meeting, Trump promised "pleasant surprises" from planned renegotiations of the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement, saying the agreement has "been a disaster since the day it was devised."

In addition, he reiterated his commitment to cutting taxes and regulations.

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When President Trump plucked conservative members of Congress to fill his Cabinet, it set off a slew of special elections -- starting with Tuesday's contest in Kansas.

These were supposed to be no-brainer affairs.

Trump easily won the Wichita, Kan.-area district held by Mike Pompeo, now the CIA director, since 2011. The opening offered an easy elevation for the party-picked candidate, Ron Estes, the state treasurer.

Trump re-tweeted a Fox News article on Syrians who were grateful for the airstrike in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by Bashar Assad last week.