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President Trump denied Wednesday that he called the White House a "dump."

Trump responded on Twitter to an article posted Tuesday on the website golf.com. The story recounts a scene in which Trump was chatting with some club members at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J. He reportedly told the members he visits the property so frequently because "that White House is a real dump."

Trump has spent nearly every weekend of his presidency visiting various properties he owns and leases, including Bedminster. He is expected to leave Friday on his first extended vacation from Washington since the inauguration — a 17-day getaway to the Bedminster club.

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President Trump is pushing forward with his promise of a harder line on legal immigration, endorsing a proposal to slash the number of immigrants admitted to the United States while favoring those with certain education levels and skills.

Trump announced his support for such an overhaul of immigration law during an event Wednesday at the White House with conservative Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

The changes proposed in their bill, called the RAISE Act, would be the "biggest change in 50 years" to the immigration system, Trump said, and reflect the administration's "compassion for struggling American families that deserve an immigrant system that puts their needs first."

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President Trump tweeted about his meeting Tuesday with small business leaders at the White House.

During the event, titled "The Engine of the American Dream," Trump pledged to help small businesses by continuing to remove regulations and carrying out his administration's promise to overhaul the tax code, according to a post on the White House blog.

The event also featured a question-and-answer session moderated by Linda McMahon, leader of the Small Business Administration, and Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and advisor.

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President Trump shared a link to a New York Post report on his appearance the week before at a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio.

Trump's trip July 25 to Youngstown, a staunchly working-class, union-heavy enclave that has long helped anchor Democrats in Ohio, served as a welcome distraction from Washington for a president who loves to relive his once-unlikely election day win.

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  • The economy
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The stock market has never been higher, and President Trump would like more people to pay attention.

Trump's tweet referred to the Dow Jones industrial average. The 18,000 figure he cited, though, was inaccurate: The Dow closed at 19,890.94 six months ago. It was at 18,332.74 on election day, which was nearly nine months ago. And analysts say it would be inaccurate to give Trump full credit for the market's records, at least those set during the last few months.

"Trump obviously is taking credit for a lot of this, as almost any president would do, but the things that affect the market right now aren't things that have been put in place over the last six months," said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives at the Schwab Center for Financial Research.

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  • On the media

President Trump may be trying for a reset in the West Wing, but he is making clear that he is not changing his Twitter habit.

Trump's tweet came one day after retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly took over as Trump's new chief of staff. Tapped to bring order to the chaotic West Wing, Kelly quickly made his presence known Monday — ousting newly appointed communications director Anthony Scaramucci and revising the command structure so that all senior staffers report to him.

Those moves were praised Monday by Trump allies and lawmakers, who expressed hope that Kelly would help stem internal conflicts and advance a policy agenda after six months of tumult. But less clear is how much control Kelly will have over Trump's predilection for sowing conflict and making off-the-cuff comments on social media.

President Trump tweeted Monday evening that it was a "great day" at the White House.

Trump's comment came as he continued to express frustration over the collapse Friday in the Senate of a bill to repeal the nation's healthcare law.

Trump urged Republican senators in tweets over the weekend to try again to push through legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said that he plans to move on to other matters.

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Reeling from the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump now threatens to block federal funding that lawmakers and their staff rely on to help buy health insurance.

Trump's threats are not empty. The administration could simply stop the payments – which are provided to Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff much the way many employers help pay employees' monthly insurance premiums –  by dashing off a new federal regulation. 

But the easy attack on lawmakers skims over what many say was a complicated, but fair-minded, compromise made during the Obamacare debates several years ago.

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Hoping to turn the page on a tumultuous opening chapter to his presidency, President Trump insisted that there was "no chaos" in his White House on Monday as he swore in retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly as his second chief of staff.

Not long after, Anthony Scaramucci, who shocked many with his profane outburst last week against then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, was out as White House communications director.

Trump on Friday ousted Priebus as chief of staff and turned to Kelly, who he hopes will bring military discipline to an administration weighed down by a stalled legislative agenda, infighting among West Wing aides and a stack of investigations.

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A pair of prominent lawmakers urged President Trump on Sunday not to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the wake of failed Republican efforts to scrap his predecessor’s signature legislative achievement.

But Trump urged GOP senators to try again to push through some version of repealing and replacing the law, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said last week it was time to move on to other matters.

Prior to heading out for a day at his Virginia golf property, Trump tweeted that Republican senators should press ahead with efforts to scrap Obamacare – a day after he tauntingly exhorted them not to be "quitters" in the quest for a legislative victory for him.