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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.

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  • Foreign policy
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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.

  • The economy

President Trump shared a graphic from Bloomberg Markets depicting a "booming" U.S. labor market.

The graphic, based on data released Tuesday by the Conference Board, illustrates the labor differential – the proportion of those who say jobs are plentiful minus the share who say they’re hard to get.

That statistic has widened to 16.1 percentage points, the most since August 2001, according to Bloomberg Markets.

  • Family matters
  • Russia

President Trump said that Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior White House advisor, "did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians." Trump also mocked the investigation, suggesting that Congress might want to talk to his 11-year-old son next.

Kushner spoke privately Monday with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators examining ties between Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government. U.S. intelligence agencies say Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump.

Kushner later told reporters, "I did not collude with Russia," and said that he didn't know anyone in the campaign who did.

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President Trump cranked up the heat Tuesday on Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, scorning him as "very weak" and refusing to say whether he'll fire the nation's top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally.

Trump's series of tweets about Sessions, Hillary Clinton and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe misstated key facts and omitted others, including one very relevant one: Sessions has had little to say about Clinton because he recused himself earlier this year from any investigation of her.

Trump appeared to refer to Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of State. It is true that she wasn't prosecuted for mishandling classified information, but that had nothing to do with Sessions.

  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
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President Trump made a strong, last-minute push ahead of Senate Republicans' pivotal vote Tuesday in their long bid to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act.

But the outcome remained in doubt, largely because senators have not even been told which of the various GOP plans will be considered.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has kept the process highly secretive as he tries to find a path forward amid stark opposition within his Republican majority, and no backing from Democrats. He has only two Republican votes to spare.

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President Trump said Tuesday that supporting Syrian refugees as close to their home as possible is the best way to help them.

Trump commented during an appearance with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, whose country is burdened by an influx of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria.

During Hariri's first visit to the Trump White House, the leaders also pledged continued solidarity against terrorism from Islamic State and other militant groups.

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  • Healthcare
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President Trump voiced support for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who announced late Monday he would return to Washington in time for a pivotal vote Tuesday in Senate Republicans' long bid to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act.

McCain was diagnosed last week with brain cancer following an operation to remove a blood clot.

Upon his dramatic, sooner-than-expected return to the Senate floor, McCain cast a critical vote for the motion to proceed on a GOP healthcare bill.

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Celebrating a slim but symbolic healthcare win in Washington, President Trump appeared at a campaign-style rally in Ohio on Tuesday night.

Clearly energized to be back in front of a friendly crowd of supporters, Trump said repeatedly that he believes in speaking directly to the American people and not through the "fake news" media. And he joked about accusations that he doesn't act presidential.

"It's so easy to act presidential," he said. "But that's not going to get it done."