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  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump honored the nation's Air Force on Friday, warning foes and international terrorist groups that the U.S. military would respond to any threats.

"America and our allies will never be intimidated," Trump told military personnel at Joint Base Andrews, where he appeared to mark the 70th anniversary of the Air Force. "We will defend our people, our nations and our civilization from all who dare to threaten our way of life."

The president and First Lady Melania Trump met with military families and watched an air show demonstration at the base that serves as the home of Air Force One.

  • Politics and polls

President Trump again called for the elimination of the Senate filibuster on Friday, branding the rule "ridiculous" in an early-morning tweet.

Trump has tweeted several times about his desire to see the filibuster eliminated to make it easier to pass legislation with a simple majority.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has brushed off the president's calls, and most senators from both parties resist the idea.

  • Accolades

President Trump signed a proclamation Wednesday marking Sept. 15 as "National POW/MIA Recognition Day."

The honorary holiday is intended to commemorate American service members who are prisoners of war or missing in action.

Full text of the proclamation is here.

  • On the media
  • Insults

President Trump called on ESPN to apologize days after one of the sports network's anchors called him a "white supremacist" and "bigot."

ESPN said Thursday it had accepted the apology of its SportsCenter host Jemele Hill for her tweets about Trump on Monday. Hill said that she was sorry for causing her employer trouble.

ESPN has repeatedly said that Hill's comments don't reflect the view of the network.

  • Accolades

President Trump tweeted thanks to an 11-year-old boy from Falls Church, Va., who got the lawn-mowing gig of a lifetime Friday when Trump put him to work in the Rose Garden.

Frank Giaccio, who goes by the initials FX, was so focused on doing his job that he didn't even notice when Trump emerged from the White House to check out his work.

When the boy finally paused, the president called him the "future of the country right here" and asked what he wants to be when he grows up. "A Navy SEAL!" Trump exclaimed. "Well, he'll make it."

  • Immigration
  • Domestic policy

Just over a day after agreeing with Democratic leaders to make an immigration deal, President Trump on Friday took a hard line against allowing close family members to follow new immigrants, a position that could stymie bipartisan legislation. 

Trump wrote on Twitter that any immigration bill cannot include "chain migration," a term used by advocates of limiting immigrants to criticize how new U.S. citizens can sponsor family members for legal status.

If Trump sticks to that position, it could sap Democrats' support for Wednesday's tentative agreement between Trump and the top two Democrats in Congress to seek a law giving legal status to roughly 800,000 "Dreamers." Those are mostly young people brought to the country illegally as children.

  • Immigration
  • Courts
  • Travel ban
  • Obama
  • Terrorism

President Trump signaled he would like his controversial travel ban expanded, writing on Twitter on Friday that his ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries "should be far larger, tougher and more specific" but complaining that enlarging it would not be "politically correct."

Trump wrote the tweet in response to news of an explosion in London on an underground train during morning rush hour. British authorities said they were treating the incident as a terrorist act.

Trump went further than British officials and said the perpetrators were "in the sights" of Scotland Yard investigators before the attack. There was no public evidence to support this claim at the time of his tweet.

  • His schedule

President Trump tweeted a video of his weekly address on Friday.

In his address, Trump said that he was continuing to pray for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He also remarked on the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, which falls on Sunday.

A full transcript of his remarks is here.

  • Family matters
  • Accolades

Eric Trump, the president's son, and Eric's wife, Lara, welcomed their son, Eric "Luke" Trump on Tuesday, the Trump Organization announced on Twitter.

President Trump congratulated his son and daughter-in-law in a tweet.

With the birth, Trump became a grandfather for the ninth time.

President Trump told Florida hurricane victims his administration is “there for you 100%” as officials moved urgently to safeguard the state’s vulnerable elderly and restore power to millions of homes and businesses.

The president and First Lady Melania Trump arrived aboard Air Force One in Fort Myers on the peninsula’s southwestern Gulf Coast, then traveled by helicopter to Naples, 40 miles away. It was Trump’s third disaster-zone visit in less than three weeks.

In a Naples mobile home park, not far from where then-Hurricane Irma made its second landfall in Florida, Trump shook hands with residents, quizzed people about how they were faring and joined volunteers serving lunch.