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President Trump tweeted Thursday on the status of the healthcare plan to replace Obamacare, which was revealed this week by Republicans and has met with opposition from both the left and right. 

The tweet comes a day after Republican leaders worked frantically to salvage the overhaul, warning naysayers in the party to join or risk being blamed for breaking the GOP’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) insisted that Trump was on their side, and he sharpened his tone to push reluctant Republicans to embrace “what we’ve all been dreaming about,” rather than doom the bill over their differences. 

On Thursday morning, the bill had one early triumph as it passed through the Ways and Means Committee.

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Trump tweeted about meeting with Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) to discuss lowering U.S. drug prices.

Trump was “enthusiastic” about the topic of drug pricing, Cummings told reporters after the meeting. “He was clearly aware of the problem and he made clear to us he wanted to do something about it.”

“He knew there was a whole group of lobbyists and a lot of money being poured into this,” Cummings said of the drug industry. “It boiled down to, again, saving people’s lives and saving money, and he was clear when you have situations where these companies are jacking up these prices it puts a lot of families in jeopardy.”

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President Trump commented on a monthly employment trends newsletter from LinkedIn that found January and February were the strongest consecutive months for hiring since August and September of 2015. The report also found that overall hiring was down in most industries in February from January.

"The question is how much of this is politically motivated," LinkedIn editor Dan Roth said in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

"Are our employers feeling like they understand what's going on, that they can start hiring again? It's unclear exactly what's going on, but it matches up against the political calendar."

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Despite his tweets applauding women, however, he hasn't had the best track record: 

Meanwhile, thousands of women are expected to participate in “A Day Without a Woman,” a spinoff of the women’s march that drew millions of people across the country and around the world into the streets a day after President Trump’s inauguration.

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President Trump meets with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), left, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), right, and other team members to discuss the new health bill on March 7.
President Trump meets with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), left, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), right, and other team members to discuss the new health bill on March 7.

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President Trump appeared to hit back at reports that his White House has been beset by chaos as staffers struggle to handle a parade of high-profile controversies, including allegations of Russian interference in the presidential election and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from an investigation into those claims.

The Washington Post reported that Trump on Friday called a meeting with senior staffers and furiously scolded them over Sessions' recusal, "believing that Sessions had succumbed to pressure from the media and other critics instead of fighting with the full defenses of the White House."

A White House source told ABC that Trump went "ballistic" during the meeting, while CNN reported he told staffers they'd "fumbled" by not being prepared when news of Sessions' recusal broke.

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Trump tweeted his thoughts on the relationship between the Obama administration and Russia ahead of the hearing for Rod Rosenstein, in which the deputy attorney general nominee was grilled on how he would handle the investigation into Russia's meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign.

Trump's comment was the latest in a string of tweets attacking Obama that began Saturday morning, when Trump claimed, without citing evidence, that Obama wiretapped his phones during the 2016 election.

It came as Trump attempted to dispel rumors about his own administration's relations with Russia. 

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President Trump tweeted about the GOP's proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which was revealed Monday

The bill was rejected by small government conservatives, panned by Republican moderates and appeared to be on life support a day after its release.

While the president's comment reflected his embrace of the bill, he also suggested it’s just a starting point “for review and negotiation” — opening the floodgates to alternative ideas and proposals that could take weeks to sort out.

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President Trump responded to a Fox News report by blaming the Obama administration for releasing 122 "vicious prisoners" from Guantanamo Bay.

But the figure was inaccurate. Of 182 detainees transferred during the Obama administration, just eight were confirmed to have reengaged — or just over 4%, according to data updated Tuesday from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Under former President George W. Bush, 113 of the 532 detainees transferred out of Guantanamo, or more than 21%, returned to fighting.