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Unwilling to put the tussling behind him, President Trump on Saturday jabbed back at the Democratic lawmaker who has slammed him for his words of condolence to a military widow, calling Rep. Frederica Wilson "wacky" and contending she is "killing" her party.

Trump's broadside came a day after the White House defended Chief of Staff John F. Kelly after he mischaracterized Wilson's remarks at a 2015 FBI building dedication and called her an "empty barrel" making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate" to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general.

The fight between Trump and the Miami-area Democrat began Tuesday, when Wilson said Trump told the pregnant widow of a service member killed in Niger that her 25-year-old husband "knew what he signed up for." Wilson was riding with the family of family of Sgt. La David Johnson to meet the body and heard the call on speakerphone.

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  • Domestic policy

President Trump tweeted Saturday morning that, pending more information, he plans to allow the release of classified files related to the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Several media outlets had reported in recent days that White House officials expected the president to block the release of thousands of classified files as security agencies voiced concerns that sensitive documents could be included if the full trove of more than 3,000 files is released.

The tweet didn't specify whether the president intends to allow all, or just some, of the information to become public, and he stipulates that the decision is "subject to the receipt of further information."

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  • On the media
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President Trump lamented what he characterized as inadequate media coverage of Senate Republicans' approval late Thursday of a 2018 budget, which would increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years to allow for Trump’s proposed tax cuts.

Passage of the GOP’s budget blueprint is a largely symbolic exercise, but it sets the stage for smoother passage of Trump’s upcoming tax cuts. It will include special instructions that allow for passage of a tax plan by a simple majority, without threat of a Senate filibuster to block it.

In a tweet early Saturday, Trump assured the public that the budget "is a really big deal, especially in terms of what will be the biggest tax cut in U.S. history."

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President Trump promoted a book written by Robert Jeffress, an evangelical megachurch pastor and Fox News contributor who was also a strong Trump backer during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In a tweet sent Friday, Trump praised "A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home," and called Jeffress "a wonderful man."

Trump's tweet came less than an hour after Jeffress appeared on Fox Business Network's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" to discuss criticism of Trump leveled by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).

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President Trump urged voters to sign a White House petition supporting his tax reform proposal.

The president's appeal came in the form of a video shared Friday afternoon via Twitter.

"What could possibly be more bipartisan than allowing families to keep more of what they earn and creating an environment for real job and wage growth in the country that we love so much?" Trump said in the video. "Join me in working to unleash America's full potential, and together let's set free the dreams of all of our people."

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President Trump praised Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera after he appeared on Friday morning's episode of "Fox & Friends" and defended the president from criticism surrounding his phone call to the widow of a slain soldier.

The controversy touched off Tuesday, when Trump called the widow of Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed earlier this month in Niger, to offer condolences.

A Democratic congresswoman who heard the call later characterized Trump's tone as insensitive, sparking a back-and-forth with Trump's chief of staff, a retired Marine general who lost his son in combat. 

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President Trump said Friday that the United Nations has "tremendous potential" but has been underutilized in recent years.

Trump praised U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has led the 193-member world organization since January, during an Oval Office meeting expected to focus on Trump's reform agenda, the Iran nuclear deal, Middle East peace prospects and global extremism. It was their first extended meeting.

"The United Nations has tremendous potential. It hasn't been used over the years nearly as it should be," Trump said at the White House, where he was joined by his U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, and national security advisor H.R. McMaster.

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President Trump has misinterpreted British crime statistics and wrongly blamed terrorism as the driving factor behind higher numbers. 

Terror attacks in Manchester and London that killed 35 people only account for 1/100th of a percent of the total number of crimes recorded in the report, and homicides are actually down 2%.

Trump tweeted Friday:

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President Trump praised Senate Republicans — giving an unusually upbeat shout-out to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — for passage of a GOP budget that sets the stage for tax reform.

Along with Trump's tweets, the White House issued a statement in which the president "applauds the Senate for passing its FY 2018 Budget Resolution" and "taking an important step in advancing the administration's pro-growth and pro-jobs legislative agenda."

The proposed budget adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade to pay for Trump's tax cuts. It was approved on an essentially party-line vote, 51-49, late Thursday with one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, joining all Democrats in opposition.

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President Trump is seeking to emphasize gains made in the United States' fight against terrorism as he continues to hit out at a congresswoman who described as "insensitive" the president's phone call to the widow of a soldier killed earlier this month in Niger.

In the first of several tweets sent Thursday night, Trump thanked the U.S.-led coalition of military forces that has been battling the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Trump attached to his message a video compilation consisting largely of clips of his promises during the 2016 campaign to "destroy" Islamic State. The video concluded with an update on the coalition's progress.