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  • His schedule
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Gearing up for the heart of hurricane season, President Trump said Friday that states can count on his administration to dispense U.S. emergency funds efficiently.

"We are very strong with respect to FEMA," Trump said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he and members of his Cabinet received a briefing on the summer's hurricane season, which began June 1. "FEMA is something I've been very much involved in already."

The president spoke a few hours before embarking on his own summer vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

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  • Accolades
  • Domestic policy
  • The economy

President Trump highlighted positive news about the U.S. economy Friday morning in a series of tweets.

The president first trumpeted the announcement Friday that Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. plan to spend $1.6 billion to jointly build an auto manufacturing plant in the United States.

Toyota said that it changed its plan to make Corollas at a plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, now under construction, and instead will produce Tacoma pickups there.

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  • Domestic policy
  • The economy

U.S. job growth remained steady in July, though workers are still largely seeing slower wage gains, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

President Trump trumpeted the numbers in a tweet Friday morning, calling them “excellent.”

Trump's tweet came 15 minutes after the release of the jobs report, which appeared to violate a federal rule prohibiting executive branch officials from commenting publicly on such data within an hour of its release.

  • Domestic policy
  • The economy

President Trump touted the latest stock market milestone Thursday in a pair of tweets appearing to credit his policies with having achieved the record.

Technology giant Apple made its biggest jump in six months Wednesday, helping send the Dow Jones industrial average above 22,000 points for the first time.

The Dow rose 52.32 points, or 0.2%, to 22,016.24. Apple was responsible for 48 of those points.

  • Healthcare
  • Accolades
  • Domestic policy

President Trump announced new efforts Thursday to use technology to improve veterans' healthcare.

Initiatives include using video technology and diagnostic tools to conduct medical exams. Veterans also will be able to use mobile devices to make and manage appointments with Veterans Administration doctors.

"We call it 'anywhere to anywhere' VA healthcare," Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Thursday.

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  • Healthcare
  • Foreign policy
  • Insults
  • Domestic policy
  • Russia

President Trump called Republican senators “fools” in a tweet last weekend, criticizing them for their inability to pass legislation — a charge his press secretary repeatedly echoed from the White House briefing room.

By Thursday morning, a day after he signed a sanctions bill penalizing Russia that ties his hands in a major area of foreign policy, Trump was again stewing.

While Trump regularly slaps Congress on Twitter and at partisan rallies, only a handful of Republicans on Capitol Hill confront him openly, given his continued popularity among conservative voters. But their frustration is palpable that in this first year — when a new president usually exerts maximum leverage — they have little to show for the fact that Republicans control the White House and Congress for the first time in more than a decade.

  • His schedule
  • Accolades
  • Politics and polls

President Trump called the Russia investigation "a total fabrication" and "an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics" at a rowdy rally Thursday soon after news broke that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III had convened a criminal grand jury.

Blaming Democrats even as the Justice Department special counsel has advanced his investigation, Trump said, "It just makes them feel better when they have nothing else to talk about."

He prompted an overflow crowd of supporters in a 9,000-capacity Huntington, W.Va., arena to chant "Lock her up!" and then paused to encourage their taunts at Hillary Clinton, his 2016 Democratic rival, just as he first did more than a year ago at the Republican convention that nominated him for president.

  • His schedule
  • Accolades

An Army medic who "ran into danger" to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds became on Monday the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Trump, 48 years after the acts of bravery for which James McCloughan is now nationally recognized.

Trump recounted the ceremony Wednesday in a tweet.

McCloughan mouthed "thank you" Monday as Trump placed the distinctive blue ribbon holding the medal around his neck. As the president and commander in chief shook the former Army private first class’ hand, Trump said "very proud of you" and then pulled the former soldier into an embrace.

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  • On the media

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.

  • Immigration

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."