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President Trump appeared with World War II veterans at the White House on Thursday as he signed a proclamation declaring it national Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

(Trump actually slightly mangled that quote from President Franklin Roosevelt. Roosevelt referred to “a date which will live in infamy.")

A half-dozen veterans of the attack, wearing medals and military hats, attended the ceremony and bantered with the president as he commemorated their service.

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President Trump promoted via Twitter a book written by a co-host of Fox News' "Fox & Friends," of which Trump is a fan.

Trump’s tweet Thursday morning came a short time after the co-host, Brian Kilmeade, appeared as a guest on “Fox & Friends” to promote his book about Andrew Jackson.

Kilmeade drew parallels between Jackson and Trump, who has cited the populist president as a role model:

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Saying that “old challenges demand new approaches,” President Trump announced Wednesday that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin a process to transfer the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, reversing decades of American policy and defying widespread international criticism.

“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Trump declared in a speech at the White House. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do.”

Trump acknowledged that his announcement, which he followed with a signed proclamation, would generate “disagreement and dissent.” It sparked protests in Palestinian territories and a fresh round of denunciations in foreign capitals worried about a new outbreak of violence in the volatile region.

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President Trump offered his “thoughts and prayers” to Californians who are experiencing another storm of wildfires this week and encouraged residents to heed the advice of local officials.

Southern California is currently under assault from a series of wind-driven wildfires that have destroyed more than a hundred homes in Ventura County and threatened thousands more in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

The president was criticized in October for taking more than a week to tweet about a series of deadly fires that swept through Northern California’s wine country, despite making public statements about the disaster early on.

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President Trump promoted via Twitter a campaign-style rally he’s slated to hold in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday.

The event will be held less than 20 miles from the Alabama border, just four days before voters there head to the polls to choose a new senator.

Trump gave embattled GOP candidate Roy Moore a vigorous formal endorsement Monday, looking past allegations of sexual misconduct with Alabama teenagers, as Republican leaders in Washington, once appalled by Moore's candidacy, began to come to grips with the ever-clearer possibility of his victory.

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President Trump formally reconfigured two big national monuments in southern Utah on Monday, shrinking them by more than 2 million acres and establishing five smaller units within them — a public lands declaration unlike any ever made by a U.S. chief executive.

“You know how best to take care of your land,” the president said to a large audience at the Utah state Capitol. “You know best how to conserve this land for generations.”

Calling the designation of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments an abuse of federal authority and the work of “distant bureaucrats,” the president added: “I’ve come to Utah to reverse federal overreach and restore the rights to this land to your citizens.”

President Trump urged his supporters to watch a “Fox & Friends” segment in which legal expert Alan Dershowitz opined that the president cannot be charged with obstruction of justice.

That comes as Trump faces new questions about whether he improperly tried to shield his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, from an FBI investigation and then fired FBI Director James B. Comey to block the inquiry. Interfering with the case could be construed as obstructing justice, a potential federal crime.

“There's never been a case in history where a president has been charged with obstruction of justice for merely exercising his constitutional authority,” Dershowitz said during his Monday morning appearance on the Fox News talk show. “That would cause a constitutional crisis in the United States.”

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President Trump on Monday fully endorsed Roy Moore, acting to back the Alabama Senate candidate after conversations with his former strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has advocated Moore’s candidacy.

Trump's early-morning tweets were his first all-out endorsement of Moore, who has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances on teenage girls. They came after Republican leaders began to back away in recent days from previous threats to expel Moore if he were to win the Dec. 12 election.

Trump called Moore on Monday morning.

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President Trump unleashed a tweetstorm Sunday morning, saying that the FBI’s reputation was “in tatters” following the tenure of former Director James B. Comey, who was fired seven months ago.

The president also suggested bias against him in the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, after news accounts said an agent was removed from Mueller’s team following an internal investigation of text messages interpreted as critical of Trump.

The agent, Peter Strzok, reportedly helped lead the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State.

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At a crucial juncture in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s wide-ranging Russia investigation, President Trump embarked on a risky gambit on Sunday, going on record to directly dispute his former FBI chief’s sworn contention that the president had sought to derail an investigation into fired national security advisor Michael Flynn.

The imbroglio — set off, not surprisingly, by a presidential tweet — comes on the heels of Flynn's guilty plea to charges of having lied to the FBI in connection with conversations with Russia's then-ambassador to Washington during the presidential transition.

Friday's dramatic development was met with initial silence from Trump, then with a deluge of weekend tweets in which he muddied the waters over his reasons for firing Flynn, excoriated the Justice Department and the FBI, renewed his attacks on rival Hillary Clinton and seemingly questioned the impartiality of Mueller's probe. He also explicitly contested statements by Comey, who was fired seven months ago, regarding events prior to his dismissal.