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President Trump weighed in Monday on the reported arrests of dozens of Saudi princes, current and former government officials and business leaders.

In a pair of tweets, Trump appeared to side with King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is reportedly overseeing the newly formed anti-corruption committee that ordered the dramatic purge.

It is unclear whether the arrests in Saudi Arabia were part of an anti-corruption investigation or a move by King Salman to consolidate power around his own family, or both. Among the princes and current and former ministers arrested was Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the Middle East's richest people, with large investments in numerous U.S. and global companies.

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Wrapping up a visit here before flying to South Korea, President Trump called for Japan to buy U.S. anti-missile batteries to counter the growing ballistic missile threat from North Korea, saying buying more U.S. military equipment would create more jobs for Americans and increase security for the Japanese.

"He will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of a lot of military equipment from the United States," Trump said Monday during a news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump pointedly teased Abe over the trade deficit between the two countries, and seemed to advocate a military buildup as a way to close the gap.

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With one day to go before election day in Virginia's high-stakes, closely watched race for governor, President Trump plugged his preferred candidate, Republican Ed Gillespie, via Twitter.

Trump tweeted Monday:

Gillespie, a White House advisor to President George W. Bush and former lobbyist, faces Democrat Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the state's lieutenant governor.

President Trump tweeted from Japan that he was "monitoring the situation" in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where multiple people were killed Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a small-town church.

Law enforcement officials were still processing the scene of the shooting Sunday afternoon, but reports indicated that more than 20 people were killed at the First Baptist Church, about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt reported that the shooter had been "taken down," local media outlets said. 

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Shinzo had a something special for Donald. 

When President Trump arrived Sunday at the Kasumigaseki Country Club outside Tokyo to play golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese leader surprised Trump with the sort of trucker hats Trump favors, embroidered in his preferred color — gold — and borrowing from Trump’s signature slogan: “Donald & Shinzo, Make Alliance Even Greater.”

The hats symbolized how foreign leaders have quickly learned to play to Trump’s pride, and the Donald-Shinzo love-fest didn’t end there. 

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President Trump began an important five-nation Asia tour in Japan early Sunday, speaking to troops upon landing at a U.S. air base outside Tokyo that would be a critical supply hub for any conflict in a region roiled by tension over nuclear-armed North Korea.

Donning a leather bomber jacket, and flanked by fighter jets inside a cavernous hangar, Trump described the troops as the "last bulwarks" against threats from "tyrants and dictators who prey on the innocent."

No dictator should underestimate “our resolve,” Trump said without naming North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. He affirmed his administration’s commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific region” — a term defining an expansive sphere of influence that includes India and the Indian Ocean as a counter to a rising China.

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President Trump appears to be looking forward to his arrival in Japan.

Trump tweeted Saturday:

Trump was flying from Hawaii to Japan to begin his 12-day, five-country Asia trip. He was set to kick off with an event at Yokota Air Base.

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President Trump on Friday kicked off a nearly two-week Asia trip with a stop in Hawaii, visiting military and historic sites amid protests and growing concern over security threats in the state and U.S. Pacific territories.

The president, who was visiting Hawaii for the first time since his inauguration, appeared at times humbled and excited as he stopped for a briefing at Pacific Command, the U.S. military's headquarters for the Asia-Pacific region, and later toured the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

The visit to a site honoring those killed in an attack that led the U.S. into a war in which it would drop nuclear bombs on Japan had new symbolism, due to the growing nuclear standoff with North Korea.

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President Trump issued a plea Saturday for Saudi Arabia to list its massive state-run oil company, Saudi Aramco, on the New York Stock Exchange.

Trump tweeted Saturday morning:

Saudi Arabia is expected to take a small portion of Saudi Aramco, which controls some of the world's largest oil reserves, public sometime in 2018.

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President Trump issued a flurry of tweets over a five-hour span Friday urging the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee over a joint fundraising agreement they signed in August 2015.

Trump's accusations follow publication by Politico of an excerpt from former acting DNC Chair Donna Brazile's upcoming book. Brazile alleges she found "proof" that the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged in Clinton's favor.

Previous presidents have avoided even seeming to direct the Justice Department on whom to investigate — but not Trump.