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1349 posts
  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Domestic policy
  • The economy

President Trump said he'd still like to see the corporate tax rate reduced to 15% as he tried to sell lawmakers on his broad tax reform goals.

In a tweet Wednesday, Trump compared the United States with China and wrote that the U.S. "should do everything possible to match them in order to win with our economy."

But Trump's tweet appeared to have misstated the facts. According to the Financial Times, China's corporate tax rate is actually 25% and can exceed 45% when additional fees are factored in. Still, the current U.S. corporate tax rate is 35%.

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  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

Leading Democrats are scrambling to support single-payer health insurance, a system that would represent a huge expansion of government control over healthcare and which the party’s presidential nominee declared last year would “never, ever” come to pass.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose support for universal coverage was central to his 2016 presidential campaign, on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of his plan to expand Medicare to cover all Americans.

On Thursday, President Trump weighed in, tweeting that the plan is "a curse on the U.S." and vowing to veto single-payer legislation if necessary.

President Trump says he has finally spoken with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to offer his condolences after last week's deadly earthquake in Mexico.

Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon that he had spoken to Peña Nieto "to give condolences on terrible earthquake. Unable to reach for 3 days b/c of his cell phone reception at site."

Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday that he had "a good talk" with Peña Nieto. "That whole earthquake is terrible," he said. "We paid our respects."