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President Trump pushed again Thursday for canceling the green card lottery program under which the suspected New York City attacker entered the country in 2010, as well as for changing immigration rules that give priority to family members of those living in the United States.

Speaking in the White House after a meeting with Republican senators, Trump called the diversity visa lottery “a disaster for our country.”

“The people put in that lottery are not that country’s finest,” he said, adding that the program created “significant vulnerabilities” for national security.

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President Trump quickly seized on Tuesday's deadly attack in New York to promote immigration restrictions and to criticize his chief Democratic rival, New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer.

Trump first demanded the cancellation of the green card lottery program that allowed suspected attacker Sayfullo Saipov to enter the country.

The lottery program, created during the George H.W. Bush administration, was meant to allow individuals to enter the United States from countries that had low levels of immigration at that time. It had particular support from Irish American and Italian American groups, which have long had large immigrant populations in New York, and was backed by Schumer, then a member of the House, as well as Republicans from the New York area.

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  • Healthcare
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As House Republicans struggle to produce their ambitious tax overhaul, President Trump weighed in Wednesday with an off-topic suggestion: How about repealing part of Obamacare and use the money saved on healthcare for tax cuts?

The idea is not original. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Okla.), who often has the president's ear, floated as much during a tweet storm over the weekend.

Cotton, joined by GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, argue that repealing the mandate that all Americans carry health insurance would save $300 billion over the decade.

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President Trump thanked the GOP-led Senate for pushing through his judicial nominees.

In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Trump credited the Senate with helping his administration appoint judges "at a record clip!"

Trump specifically named in his tweet Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who recently set the stage for votes on four of the president's appellate court nominees and one district court nominee. In doing so, he declared that Democrats would be unsuccessful in stopping their confirmation.

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President Trump pledged to announce Thursday the "new head" of the Federal Reserve.

Trump said before a Cabinet meeting Wednesday: "I think you will be extremely impressed by this person."

He repeated the statement later Wednesday in a tweet:

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  • Terrorism

U.S. special operations forces captured a militant in Libya accused of playing an instrumental role in the Benghazi attacks, officials say, in a high-stakes operation designed to bring the perpetrators to justice five years after the deadly violence.

President Trump identified the militant as Mustafa al-Imam and said his capture signified that the four Americans who died "will never be forgotten."

Justice Department officials were escorting al-Imam by military plane to the United States, where he's expected to be tried in federal court.

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In between tweets lashing out at Democrats and decrying the "sick and deranged person" suspected of carrying out a terrorist attack in New York, President Trump doled out a slew of accolades Tuesday via Twitter.

Trump thanked Puerto Rico's lieutenant governor for writing an op-ed defending the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria.

He wished the public a happy Halloween, attaching to his tweet a video of holiday festivities held at the White House:

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President Trump continued broadcasting his frustration with Monday's announcement of two indictments and one guilty plea of top figures in his campaign, sending a second series of tweets Tuesday morning intended to deflect attention to Democrats.

The presidential tweets, amid one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, mark yet another precedent broken by Trump. Many legal analysts have advised him against making impromptu public statements on social media during the investigation.

It is unclear what he meant when he said that the Podesta brothers could "drain the swamp." John Podesta served as Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. His brother Tony, who is also close to the Clintons, resigned from his Democratic lobbying firm amid the furor of the Russia probe on Monday.

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President Trump broke a nearly daylong Twitter silence Tuesday to characterize a former campaign aide who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as a "young low-level volunteer" whom "few knew."

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President Trump took to Twitter to address the first terror strike inside the United States during his presidency:

A man described by authorities as a terrorist drove a rented pickup truck down a crowded bicycle path in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, killing at least eight people.

Authorities identified the suspect as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, a native of Uzbekistan who moved to the U.S. in 2010. Saipov shouted "Allahu akbar," which is Arabic for "God is great," before being arrested, police said.