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President Trump says he’s pleased that people are “saying Merry Christmas again.”

"I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase," Trump wrote in a Christmas Eve tweet:

Trump had promised that this year would be different after what he saw as a trend toward giving the Christian celebration short shrift in favor of a more generic and inclusive “happy holidays” message.

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President Trump launched a Christmas Eve attack on FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whom he accuses of favoritism toward his former opponent, Hillary Clinton, and also returned to a longtime favored theme, excoriating the news media for failing to sufficiently extol his accomplishments.

Trump, spending the holidays at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, also sent Christmas greetings to deployed military personnel, praising them for success in the fight against terrorism.

The early-morning swipe at McCabe followed a flurry of tweets attacking the deputy FBI chief on Saturday. McCabe, who has been a lightning rod for Republican attacks on the FBI, is expected to retire early in the new year.

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President Trump complained anew Saturday that he's not given credit by the news media for his accomplishments.

Trump tweeted that in his first year he's achieved "perhaps more than any other president" in the same timeframe, citing as examples a surging stock market and low unemployment rate:

After a year of legislative fits and starts, the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress can claim victory on an agenda of tax cuts, judicial confirmations and a substantial regulatory rollback.

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President Trump is reacting to reports about the retirement of Andrew McCabe as the FBI’s deputy director by tweeting falsehoods about McCabe’s wife.

Trump tweeted Saturday:

McCabe’s wife, Jill, did not get $700,000 in donations from Hillary Clinton for a Virginia state Senate race in 2015.

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President Trump on Friday morning signed a sweeping tax-cut measure — his first major legislative achievement — before heading off for a Christmas vacation at his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Fla.

The president also privately signed a short-term spending bill to fund government operations through Jan. 19. Congress approved it Thursday, after Republican leaders were unable to bridge differences in their own party as well as with Democrats to get agreement on funding for the full fiscal year. The stopgap bill punts fights on immigration and other issues to January. 

The tax bill, approved earlier this week in Congress in largely party-line votes, slashes corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% and also includes a host of other provisions for individuals, all intended to boost the economy.

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The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to the latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the U.S. mainland.

President Trump tweeted about the 15-0 vote, adding: "The World wants Peace, not Death!"

The resolution adopted by the council includes sharply lower limits on North Korea's refined oil imports, the return home of all North Koreans working overseas within 24 months, and a crackdown on ships smuggling banned items including coal and oil to and from the country.

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President Trump jolted Florida's still-evolving governor's race by throwing his support Friday to Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Trump tweeted:

The president made the endorsement even though DeSantis has not officially jumped into the race to replace Gov. Rick Scott. Scott leaves office in early 2019 due to term limits.

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President Trump defended the GOP tax plan, which received final approval from Congress on Wednesday and now awaits Trump’s signature to become law.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump cast opposition to the legislation as coming from Democrats and media outlets controlled by Democrats.

He contended that the tax cuts contained in the package “will soon be kicking in and will speak for themselves.”

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President Trump tweeted Thursday that "House Democrats want a SHUTDOWN for the holidays in order to distract from the very popular, just passed, Tax Cuts."

That came as House Republicans early Thursday unveiled a new, stripped-down spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and allow quarreling lawmakers to punt most of their unfinished business into the new year.

GOP leaders are scrambling to rally some frustrated Republicans behind the measure, particularly defense hawks who had hoped to enact record budget increases for the Pentagon this year.

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President Trump applauded the release of data showing that Americans purchased homes at the fastest pace in nearly 11 years, as sales climbed 5.6% in November.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning:

The National Assn. of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes rose last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.81 million units. Home sales were last this strong in December 2006, when properties sold at annual pace of 6.42 million.