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  • Immigration
  • Domestic policy

President Trump touted his administration's progress in removing from the United States "MS-13 gang members and gang members in general."

Trump's tweet came two days after his administration strengthened its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, announcing a new policy that says local governments will lose some federal grants if they do not give advance notice when immigrants who are in the country illegally are about to be released from custody, and if they do not give immigration agents access to local jails.

“This is what the American people should be able to expect from their cities and states, and these long overdue requirements will help us take down MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs, and make our country safer," U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the new policy.

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  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump presented the Medal of Valor on Thursday to five law enforcement officers who responded to a shooting at a congressional baseball practice last month that seriously wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).

The honorees were U.S. Capitol Police Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and Alexandra, Va., police officers Nicole Battaglia, Kevin Jobe and Alexander Jensen.

They received a standing ovation when they entered the East Room at the White House. Griner, who was among those injured in the confrontation, stood on crutches as Trump draped the medal around her neck.

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  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) planned for an all-night session Thursday to consider a slew of amendments to a new bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act, President Trump pushed Republicans to reach a conclusion.

With just hours to go until voting could begin on the new Republican bill, GOP senators emerged from another strategy session Thursday afternoon with no agreement on what that plan should be.

Several Republican lawmakers sounded increasingly downbeat about the prospects for the so-called skinny repeal, a streamlined version to scale back the 2010 healthcare law, often called Obamacare.

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President Trump got another chance Wednesday to connect with young people after a widely panned political speech to Boy Scouts this week. But he couldn't part company without bringing up his victory in the presidential election nearly nine months ago.

"Think of the amazing moments in history you will witness during your lifetime," Trump told scores of high school juniors participating in the American Legion Boys Nation and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation leadership programs.

"But you saw one on Nov. 8, right? That was a pretty amazing moment," he said, referring to his electoral upset over Hillary Clinton.

  • Accolades
  • The economy

President Trump celebrated an announcement from Foxconn, the Taiwanese maker of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, that it will build its first American factory in Wisconsin, a sprawling campus to produce liquid-crystal display panels, that would represent one of the largest investments by a foreign company in the United States.

The factory is expected to add 3,000 to 13,000 direct jobs and amount to a $10-billion investment, a move that will boost President Trump’s credentials in his pledged goal to bring more overseas jobs back to the U.S.

“We are committed to creating great jobs for American people,” Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said at a news conference at the White House on Wednesday attended by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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  • Healthcare
  • Insults
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

President Trump posted on Twitter Wednesday to disparage Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of the Republican senators opposed to the current Senate GOP push to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins were the only Republicans who voted against a procedural motion Tuesday to begin debating legislation rolling back the 2010 healthcare law, often called Obamacare.

  • Domestic policy

President Trump moved Wednesday to restore gender-based discrimination at the Pentagon, saying transgender people will be prohibited from serving “in any capacity” in the military, a shift that could affect thousands of Americans now in uniform and others hoping to serve.

In three posts on Twitter, Trump said the Pentagon “will not accept or allow” transgender people to serve, reversing an Obama administration policy imposed last summer to make the armed forces more inclusive and adding a high degree of uncertainty to military recruitment and retention rules.

  • His cabinet
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  • Russia
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  • The Clintons
  • James Comey

President Trump ratcheted up pressure on Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to fire the acting FBI director, who has been a periodic target of conservative attacks. 

In two tweets Wednesday morning, Trump criticized Sessions for not replacing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat in 2015 and received contributions from the state Democratic Party.

Trump called McCabe, a 31-year veteran of the FBI, a "Comey friend who was in charge of the Clinton investigation." McCabe was James B. Comey's deputy before Trump fired Comey in June. At that point, McCabe took over running the bureau, but he hasn't been running the Russia investigation, which is directed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

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President Trump continued to reflect on his appearance the night before at a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio.

  • Foreign policy
  • The economy

President Trump tweeted that his administration was working on a "major" trade deal with Britain, which has recently begun negotiating its divorce from the European Union.

Trump's tweet came a day after Britain's international trade secretary, Liam Fox, visited Washington for trade talks. Still, Britain can't enter into its own trade agreements until it's finished exiting the European Union, and government leaders have until March 2019 to work out the departure.

In his tweet, the president also accused the European Union of being "very protectionist" with the United States.