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President Trump assured the public that the federal government is prepared for Hurricane Irma, which continued its deadly sweep through the Caribbean on Friday as residents of Florida waited with frazzled nerves and growing fears over just how bad the storm will be.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump also marveled at the potentially historic nature of the storm and warned those in its path to "get out of its way, if possible."

The Category 4 hurricane, with a footprint as big as Texas, is expected to make landfall early Sunday and blow through central Florida with 150 mph winds, reaching Georgia by Monday morning.

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A day after he reached a surprise deal with Democrats on a stopgap measure to temporarily fund the government and provide Hurricane Harvey aid, President Trump used Twitter to vent his frustration at members of his own party.

Trump, who headed to Camp David this weekend, said Friday on Twitter that unless the Senate does away with the filibuster, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is unlikely to do, Republicans will always be stymied by the 60-vote threshold that currently requires at least eight senators from the Democratic caucus to join the 52-seat GOP majority to advance bills.

But in reality, the filibuster is not wholly to blame. On the healthcare overhaul, Republicans used special budget rules that allow for majority passage, and they still lost.

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The five living former U.S. presidents said Thursday they would team up to create the "One America Appeal" to raise money for storm recovery as Texas and Louisiana seek to regroup from Harvey and Florida and the Atlantic Coast brace for Hurricane Irma.

The hurricane recovery effort was announced by former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

President Trump tweeted his support:

President Trump thanked the Republican National Committee for a tweet highlighting his personal donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The president and First Lady Melania Trump are donating a total of $1 million to a dozen organizations involved in Harvey relief work, including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, the White House announced Wednesday.

The White House said the donations are coming from the president's personal funds.

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Hurricane Irma took aim at South Florida on Thursday, threatening millions with historic winds, huge storm surges and unrelenting rainfall as it left behind a trail of still-uncharted devastation in the Caribbean and a death toll that climbed to at least 13.

Although the storm’s track remained uncertain, a widening area braced for its effects. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide emergency declaration Thursday, a day after South Carolina did so.

President Trump was briefed in the Oval Office about storm preparations and Irma's projected path. Earlier, he tweeted a reminder to those in Irma’s path to "be careful, be safe," as the storm approaches.

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President Trump on Thursday hailed efforts by the leader of Kuwait, a staunch American ally, to mediate a festering diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbors that could have implications for the U.S. military presence in the region.

At a White House news conference with Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Jabbar al Sabah, Trump said he appreciated the emir's thus-far unsuccessful bid to end the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

Trump applauded Kuwait's "critical contributions to regional stability" but also repeated an offer to mediate himself, particularly between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He suggested that a deal would be "worked out very quickly" if he became personally involved.

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President Trump indicated that he was willing to sign the long-stalled Dream Act into law if it passes Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, another sign that Trump may be uneasy about his decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Pelosi said she encouraged the president in a morning phone call to assure young immigrants that they are not in immediate danger of deportation.

Trump tweeted a message to the so-called Dreamers shortly after his conversation with Pelosi, saying they were in "no danger" during the six months he has given Congress to find a solution to the program.

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President Trump made an overt pitch Wednesday for Democrats to support his tax overhaul plan, singling out a North Dakota Democratic senator whose vote would be prized by the White House.

Delivering an outdoor speech to a crowd of hundreds at an oil refinery, Trump called for the state's governor and congressional delegation to join him onstage, including Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the only statewide elected Democrat in heavily Republican North Dakota.

"Everybody's saying: What's she doing up here?" Trump said of the first-term senator, adding, "I hope we'll have your support," and calling her "a good woman."

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President Trump headed Wednesday to North Dakota, where he was slated to deliver a speech on tax reform.

Before departing Washington, Trump tweeted about the need for such reform, complaining that the United States is "the highest taxed nation in the world" and promising to change that.

Trump has complained before about the U.S. tax burden, but it is actually one of the lowest among the 32 developed and large emerging-market economies tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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President Trump tweeted that he was "closely" watching Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes, as it set a wild, wind-churned course toward Puerto Rico, with the U.S. mainland in its sights, likely over the weekend.

The monster hurricane made landfall in the Caribbean, where it was blamed for at least four deaths.

The president tweeted Wednesday that his “team” was ready in Florida, adding: “No rest for the weary!”