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  • His schedule
  • Domestic policy

President Trump traveled Wednesday to Missouri in an attempt to push the GOP tax overhaul plan over the finish line.

It was Trump's second visit to the state to build support for the plan. In his speech at a local convention center, Trump made a populist appeal for the Republican tax package, saying it would "bring Main Street rolling back."

"Our focus is on helping the folks who work in the mailrooms and the machine shops of America, the plumbers, the carpenters, the cops, the teachers, the truck drivers, the pipe fitters — the people that like me best," Trump said in a meandering speech in St. Charles.

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  • Foreign policy
  • North Korea

President Trump is threatening to ramp up sanctions against North Korea, a strategy that so far has proved ineffective against its nuclear development, in retaliation for the country’s latest ballistic missile test.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the test, after speaking late Tuesday with South Korea’s president. The test came days after Trump’s return from Asia, where the subject of North Korea was a primary focus of talks with both leaders as well as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump already had stepped up sanctions and last week put North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

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  • On the media
  • Insults

President Trump turned the firing of NBC's Matt Lauer into a fresh opportunity to attack the press Wednesday, unleashing a series of cryptic and personal tweets aimed at prominent media figures.

As many Americans were eating breakfast, the president swiftly responded to the abrupt dismissal of the longtime "Today" show host by condemning NBC News and its Philadelphia-based parent company, Comcast Corp. 

Trump said on Twitter: 

  • Accolades
  • Domestic policy
  • The economy
  • Fox News

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index hit 129.5 this month, up from 126.2 in October and the highest since November 2000.

The business research group's index measures consumers' assessment of current conditions and their outlook for the next six months. Both improved this month.

President Trump celebrated the development Tuesday and Wednesday in a series of tweets.

  • Accolades
  • Domestic policy

After a flurry of last-minute concessions by President Trump to win over reluctant Republicans, the GOP tax plan cleared a key committee vote Tuesday and appeared better positioned for passage when the full Senate votes, probably later this week.

Trump praised the vote Tuesday night in a tweet, writing, "the biggest winner will be our great Country!"

Even so, with Republicans' slim 52-seat majority in the Senate, it would take only three of the remaining half a dozen or so GOP holdouts to block the bill, which Republicans hope will be their signature legislative achievement of Trump's first year in office. The bill, which still needs to be reconciled with a House version, remains a work in progress.

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The first round in the legal battle over interim leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau went to President Trump on Tuesday when a federal judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order to keep his choice for the job, Mick Mulvaney, from serving as acting director.

Trump celebrated the victory with a tweet:

Still, the attorney for the agency's deputy director, Leandra English, who is supported by consumer advocates, maintained she is the lawful acting director, indicating the fight was not over in a case that raises constitutional questions and may be headed to the Supreme Court.

  • Immigration
  • Insults
  • Domestic policy
  • North Korea
  • Politics and polls

President Trump, the self-professed deal-maker, once again has dealt a setback to a bipartisan legislative deal — this time with potentially significant consequences: the threat of a government shutdown.

Hours before a scheduled Oval Office meeting with congressional leaders to discuss a packed year-end agenda of must-pass measures, Trump on Twitter excoriated Democrats “Chuck and Nancy” — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — and falsely claimed that their demands include higher taxes and “unchecked” immigration. “I don’t see a deal!” he added.

Schumer, of New York, and Pelosi, from San Francisco, quickly responded by pulling out of the meeting. In a joint statement, they said, "We don't have any time to waste" on an apparently pointless "show meeting" with Trump and would continue to negotiate with Republican leaders instead.

  • His schedule

President Trump shared via Twitter a statement calling for Americans to participate in Giving Tuesday.

The daylong national event is designed to help charities raise money online.

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  • Family matters
  • Accolades

President Trump pushed back Tuesday after Vanity Fair magazine, citing an anonymous source, reported that Melania Trump didn't want to become first lady "come hell or high water" and that she didn't think it would happen. 

Trump also took offense at the magazine's assertion that he also never thought he'd be elected.

He tweeted:

  • Insults
  • Politics and polls

President Trump is renewing his complaints about NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that players knelt at stadiums that he says are having a hard time filling up with fans.

Players have been kneeling to protest racism as well as police brutality, particularly toward people of color. Trump says the act is disrespectful and is hurting the game.