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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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  • Immigration
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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.

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President Trump shared a link to his remarks while announcing an executive order titled "Buy American, Hire American" at Wisconsin tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc.

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 credited himself with helping Republicans force the front-running Democratic candidate for an Atlanta-area House seat into a runoff.

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 at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.
President Trump at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. A Fox News interview with the author of a book that is mostly blank.
  2. His praise for the blank book.
  3. His contempt for the "fake media."
  4. His disparagement of the Democratic front-runner in the race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. 
  5. A Rasmussen Reports poll that put his approval rating at 50%.
  6. His upcoming visit to a Wisconsin-based tool manufacturer.
  7. A call for Republicans to get out the vote in the Georgia House election.
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President Trump again tweeted about a special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District to replace the seat left vacant when Tom Price became his Health and Human Services secretary.

This time, Trump urged Republicans to come out and vote. Earlier in the day, he sent a tweet disparaging the front-runner, Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Ossoff is trying to escape a runoff by gaining a majority against 11 Republican contenders, and polls put him within striking distance of that goal.

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President Trump tweeted an approximation of a quote from author Michael J. Knowles, who was interviewed Monday morning on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

Knowles, who is also described as a contributor to the conservative blog the Daily Wire, appeared on the show to promote his book, "Reasons to Vote for Democrats."

After a brief exchange of banter, anchor Brian Kilmeade asked him, "Do you think, when it comes to foreign policy, the last eight years are being exposed right now?"