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President Trump credited his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange for the U.S. Senate in Alabama with having boosted Strange's standing in the polls by "MANY points."

Trump's tweet Saturday came days after Strange's opponent, former state Chief Justice Roy Moore, won the Republican nomination for the seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions when he became attorney general.

Trump endorsed Strange several times on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the race, and he traveled on Sept. 22 to Huntsville, Ala., to campaign with Strange.

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From the comfort of his New Jersey golf resort, President Trump lashed out Saturday at the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the ravaged island’s residents, defending his administration’s hurricane response by suggesting that Puerto Ricans had not done enough to help themselves.

Trump’s Twitter assault, which began early Saturday and lasted until evening, was set off by criticism from Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who on Friday had criticized the federal response since Hurricane Maria’s Sept. 20 landfall.

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President Trump tweeted Friday in celebration of a record close on Wall Street the day before.

U.S. stocks finished slightly higher Thursday, led by technology companies and drugmakers. After a big move the day before, that was enough to take stocks back to record highs.

After a slow start, stocks gradually moved upward in afternoon trading as companies in technology, basic materials, real estate and finance contributed modest gains. Industrial firms took small losses.

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President Trump tweeted a link to his weekly address on Friday.

Trump opened his remarks by extending condolences to residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, parts of which were devastated the week before by Hurricane Maria.

The president then outlined the Republican tax reform proposal that was rolled out on Wednesday.

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A day after Republican officials unveiled an outline of their proposed tax overhaul, President Trump tweeted that the plan had received "great reviews."

The tax plan was met with widespread support from GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill and their allied groups.

But as legislation is drafted and analyzed and winners and losers become apparent, Republicans are almost certain to struggle to hold their majority together.

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Greeted by hugs, tears and a roaring standing ovation, a hobbling Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the House on Thursday, more than three months after a gunman sprayed fire at a baseball practice and left the lawmaker clinging to life.

"You have no idea how great this feels to be back here at work in the people's house," the 51-year-old Louisiana Republican said to a chamber packed with lawmakers, including senators who had crossed the Capitol to welcome him back.

President Trump spoke to Scalise, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. He also tweeted a congratulatory message that included a video of Scalise arriving in the House chamber:

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President Trump tweeted about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico on Thursday, as authorities said that a three-star military commander would manage relief efforts on the island.

That came as Trump faced criticism that he had not done enough to help the battered U.S. territory.

Later Thursday, Trump agreed to waive a federal law restricting foreign ships from transporting cargo to Puerto Rico.

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The U.S. economy grew at an upgraded annual rate of 3.1% in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years. But growth is expected to slow sharply this quarter in the wake of a string of devastating hurricanes.

The April-June expansion in the gross domestic product — the economy's total output of goods and services — is up slightly from a 3% estimate made a month ago, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. It is the strongest performance since the economy grew at a 3.2% pace in the first quarter of 2015. The upward revision reflected larger farm stockpiles.

President Trump celebrated the announcement Thursday in a tweet.

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President Trump traveled to Indianapolis on Wednesday to pitch the Republican tax overhaul to the American public.

According to the plan, which Republican officials outlined Wednesday, many businesses would see a huge reduction in their tax bills and many middle-class Americans would see tax relief. The plan would reduce the number of individual tax brackets to three from seven and nearly double the standard deduction.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity” to offer “historic tax relief to the American people,” Trump said during a speech in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

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President Trump lately, and oddly, has taken to blaming Republicans' failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week on the false claim that a GOP senator has been "in the hospital" and couldn't make the vote.

"We have one senator who's a 'yes' vote, a great person, but he's in the hospital," Trump said on Thursday morning's "Fox & Friends" show.

"We have the votes to get it done. You can’t do it when somebody is in the hospital," Trump reiterated later in the interview.