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President Trump ripped the New York Times for tweeting a photo that suggested a significantly smaller turnout for a Super Bowl celebration at the White House with Trump than one two years ago with President Obama.

The Times on Wednesday tweeted an Associated Press photo of the New England Patriots standing behind Obama on the south side of the White House in 2015. Stairs on either side of the main group were filled with people. The tweet compared it with a Times photo taken Wednesday showing both staircases empty.

The Patriots responded on Twitter that the photos lack context, saying football staff sat on the South Lawn instead of standing on the stairs this year.

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President Trump shared Fox News footage of his remarks while signing a memorandum expediting an investigation into whether steel imports are jeopardizing national security.

Trump promised as a candidate to revitalize the American steel industry, the decline of which has been especially hard on states like Pennsylvania that were crucial to his victory.

The president said maintaining steel production was crucial to United States security interests because it was needed to build airplanes, ships and other machinery, along with roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

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President Trump shared a video of his joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Standing alongside Gentiloni, Trump praised Italy's contributions to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He commended its efforts toward seeking stability in Libya. He also hailed the country's contributions to art and music, touting the late opera legend Luciano Pavarotti as "a great friend."

But Trump remained steadfast on his demands that European allies meet their financial obligations in their partnerships with the U.S. He urged Italy to address the refugee crisis through a policy that "seeks the eventual return of refugees to their home countries so they can help to rebuild their own nations."

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President Trump applauded the results of a special House election in Georgia after Republicans forced the front-running Democratic candidate into a runoff, extending until June a congressional contest that has become a nationalized referendum on Trump's presidency.

Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Democratic congressional aide and filmmaker making his first run for public office, easily finished in first place. But he narrowly missed the 50%-plus-one-vote mark that would have given him the seat outright.

Instead he will meet Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, in the June 20 runoff.

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President Trump on Wednesday shared a promotional video for the "Buy American, Hire American" executive order he had signed the day before.

Returning to a favorite campaign theme at a time when his domestic agenda has stalled, Trump on Tuesday ordered a review of a visa program that he said has undercut American workers, declaring his move a “powerful signal” of his administration’s commitment to “finally put America first.”

The order that Trump signed also initiates a separate review of government purchasing practices with the goal of more strictly enforcing “buy American” requirements that officials said have been diluted over time by exemptions.

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President Trump shared footage of his signing of a bill to temporarily extend a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector, part of his effort to deliver on a campaign promise.

The extension will give Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin time to develop a more comprehensive plan to allow veterans to more easily go outside the VA health system for care. Under the bill Trump signed into law, the VA will be allowed to continue operating the program until funding runs out, which is expected early next year. The program was scheduled to expire on Aug. 7 with nearly $1 billion left over.

The so-called Choice Program was put in place after a 2014 scandal in which as many as 40 veterans died while waiting months to be scheduled for appointments at the Phoenix VA medical center.

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President Trump congratulated the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots after welcoming the team to the White House.

Trump hosted the five-time champions on the South Lawn and declared that "no team has been good this long."

"It was a complete team effort. That's the beauty of what they do, they win as a team," said Trump, who then drew some parallels to the team's 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in February to his own political upset win. "Pundits, boy, are they wrong a lot, aren't they? They said you couldn't do it."

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Led by President Trump, top administration officials on Tuesday blamed what they called lax immigration enforcement for the rise of MS-13, the bloody crime cartel spawned in the streets and jails of Los Angeles, and promised a stronger federal response.

MS-13 was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants fleeing a civil war in their native El Salvador, and it has expanded in scope and violence ever since.

An FBI task force has investigated the transnational crime group since 2007, working with law enforcement in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. In 2008, before Obama was elected, the FBI said MS-13 was active in at least 42 states.

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President Trump promoted an interview set to air on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

The interview touched on Trump's immigration policies and U.S. relations with North Korea and China. A video is available here.

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President Trump continued to comment on an upcoming special election for a vacant House seat in the Atlanta suburbs.

Trump’s ire toward Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff was not necessarily accurate — he hasn’t run as a liberal Democrat and hasn’t espoused raising taxes or the other views the president attached to him. But the fact that Trump has gotten involved points to the concern the White House and the GOP have about the race.

Democrats have coalesced around Ossoff and — if polls are accurate — have brought him close to the edge of winning the seat outright in Tuesday’s all-candidates primary by earning over 50% of the vote.