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President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to respond to North Korea’s latest missile test, which flew over northern Japan on Monday, and to subsequent threats from the isolated nation’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

North Korean state media quoted Kim as saying that Monday’s test of a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile was "the first step of the military operation" to target Guam, a U.S. territory that’s home to U.S. Navy and Air Force bases.

North Korea has fired 21 missiles during 14 tests since February, including three on Saturday, with many landing in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

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President Trump thanked rescuers who continued to pluck victims from floods inundating Texas towns on Thursday.

With the weakened remnants of former Hurricane Harvey delivering drenching rainfall, Houston and the vast area already hammered by the massive storm grappled with fresh perils as the waters began to recede, leaving behind a stew of toxic muck.

The death toll from the storm — which roared ashore Friday as a hurricane and was downgraded first to a tropical storm, then overnight to a tropical depression — reached 31, but was expected to rise, perhaps sharply. The grim work of recovering the bodies of those who were trapped in homes or vehicles gathered speed in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

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President Trump lashed out at the news media Wednesday morning in a tweet expressing incredulity at what he called "false reporting and even ferocious anger in some dying magazines."

It wasn't immediately clear exactly what sparked the comment.

Some speculated that the president was responding to what he saw as overly critical media coverage of his Tuesday trip to Texas to tour Harvey recovery efforts, including a number of reports that focused on First Lady Melania Trump's choice of footwear.

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President Trump set aside his focus on talking up Harvey recovery efforts Wednesday to speak directly to the suffering of victims, saying that "all of America is grieving with you."

His remarks came at the top of an address in Springfield, Mo., about the tax code.

Trump sought to reassure those who had lost loved ones and property. "We are here with you today, we are here with you tomorrow, and we will be with you every single day after, to restore, recover, and rebuild," he said.

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President Trump traveled Wednesday to Missouri to speak about tax reform, which he called "so badly needed!" in a morning tweet.

In a speech heavy on populism but almost devoid of specifics, Trump launched what the White House said will be an aggressive push for a tax-code overhaul centered on slashing the rate paid by companies.

“Lower taxes on American business means higher wages for American workers and it means more products made right here in the U.S.A.,” Trump told a crowd at the Loren Cook Co. manufacturing plant in Springfield, Mo.

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President Trump tweeted early Tuesday about Tropical Storm Harvey's impact on Texas, including a retweet of a National Weather Service warning:

The president also retweeted a message containing aerial photos of the flooding:

In addition, Trump sent out praise of himself, including a tweet from a Fox News host:

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President Trump says he is OK with leaving open some senior federal government positions.

Trump tweeted that message just after conservative commentator Laura Ingraham criticized the lack of appointees to senior jobs. She included the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where there is no deputy to Administrator William "Brock" Long, who is directing Trump's response to Hurricane Harvey.

Ingraham said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends" that from the photos of flood-ravaged Houston, "we can conclude that a federal government does need staff. We see it acutely in need of staff in a situation like this."

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As the death toll continued to rise Monday from Tropical Storm Harvey's assault on Texas, President Trump's mind appeared otherwise occupied.

Trump retweeted messages taking aim at President Obama and the news media, as well as one from an account called Inspirational Quotes.

The first was a tweet from Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative political commentator who has been promoting a book billed as an expose of what he calls the "Nazi roots" of American liberalism.

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President Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to promote a book by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a staunch Trump supporter who has drawn controversy with his tough talk and provocative social media postings.

Trump tweeted that he "highly recommended" Clarke's memoir, "Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America."

The book includes a passage in which Clarke advocates treating terrorism suspects as "enemy combatants," allowing them to be detained indefinitely, questioned without an attorney and tried by military tribunals.

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Tropical Storm Harvey continued to drench southeastern Texas on Sunday, unleashing one of the worst disasters in the state's history.

As Houston was hit with catastrophic flooding, President Trump repeatedly tweeted praise for rescue workers and others trying to help those who were stranded by high waters.

The White House said Sunday that Trump would travel to Texas on Tuesday – although the president said earlier that his travel would be planned so as not to disrupt rescue efforts.