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Hoping to turn the page on a tumultuous opening chapter to his presidency, President Trump insisted that there was "no chaos" in his White House on Monday as he swore in retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly as his second chief of staff.

Not long after, Anthony Scaramucci, who shocked many with his profane outburst last week against then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, was out as White House communications director.

Trump on Friday ousted Priebus as chief of staff and turned to Kelly, who he hopes will bring military discipline to an administration weighed down by a stalled legislative agenda, infighting among West Wing aides and a stack of investigations.

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  • Healthcare
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A pair of prominent lawmakers urged President Trump on Sunday not to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the wake of failed Republican efforts to scrap his predecessor’s signature legislative achievement.

But Trump urged GOP senators to try again to push through some version of repealing and replacing the law, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said last week it was time to move on to other matters.

Prior to heading out for a day at his Virginia golf property, Trump tweeted that Republican senators should press ahead with efforts to scrap Obamacare – a day after he tauntingly exhorted them not to be "quitters" in the quest for a legislative victory for him.

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President Trump suggested that he deserves the majority of the credit for winning the 2016 election.

Trump tweeted Saturday that he'd read reports about "all of the 'geniuses' who were so instrumental" in his surprise Nov. 8 win.

"Problem is, most don't exist," he wrote, adding the hashtag "Fake News."

President Trump aired his frustration with China in a string of tweets Saturday.

The day before, North Korea had launched its second intercontinental ballistic missile in less than a month, according to Pentagon officials.

China is North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, and Trump has suggested the country could play a key role in pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear program.

President Trump tweeted that the U.S. stock market is up nearly 20% since he was elected.

The Dow Jones industrial average is up about 19% since Trump was elected on Nov. 8, 2016. The Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 15.5% and the Nasdaq composite has surged nearly 23%.

The Commerce Department announced Friday that the U.S. economy expanded this spring at a solid 2.6% annual rate.

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President Trump was back on Twitter early Saturday morning, closing out a chaotic and disappointing week with one of his signature online rants. 

He took no responsibility for the collapse of the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, instead suggesting Senate leaders are weak for refusing to change filibuster rules.

(Even with the change in rules Trump is calling for, there were still not enough GOP votes in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act.)

  • Healthcare
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Frustrated by the failure of the Obamacare repeal in the Senate, President Trump on Saturday threatened to end federal subsidies for healthcare insurance – for Congress as well as the rest of the country.

Such a move could cause havoc and much higher premiums in insurance markets, since many low- and moderate-income people depend on those subsidies to help cover the cost of their policies. Through a series of administrative maneuvers by Congress and the Obama administration, members and their staffs also benefit from those subsidies.

Targeting congressional healthcare might score Trump some populist points with his base, but it would likely come at a cost of poisoning his relationship with Congress. Just making the threat on Saturday highlights how far things have eroded between Trump and top GOP lawmakers.

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President Trump tweeted Saturday that the Republicans effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is not dead.

A dramatically slimmed-down repeal bill failed early Friday in the Senate when three Republicans joined all Democrats and independents in voting against the measure.

In his tweet, Trump urged lawmakers to demand another vote before passing any other legislation.

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President Trump on Friday called for police and immigration officials to be “rough” with suspected gang members in order to rid the country of “animals” he said are terrorizing communities.

“Please don’t be too nice,” Trump told police recruits at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, a heavily Latino suburb of New York. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know the way you put their hand so they don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody … you can take that hand away.’’

He implied that he was satisfied with rough handling of suspects by the police. “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see them thrown in, rough,” he said.

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Seventeen Long Island slayings have been attributed to Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, an international gang that traces its roots to Salvadoran immigrants in Los Angeles.

Now the killings have become Exhibit A for the Trump administration in its crackdown against illegal immigration.

President Trump is due here Friday to address the subject, and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, visiting El Salvador this week, announced Thursday with his Salvadoran counterpart that prosecutors there had filed criminal charges against 113 MS-13 members.