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Brushing aside criticism of his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, President Trump visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday, hailing the recovery effort as an “amazing job” by first responders, telling officials they should be “proud” of a death toll that stood in double digits instead of thousands.

Nearly two weeks after the Category 4 storm raked the island, Trump, making his fourth visit to a hurricane zone in a month, lavished praise on local officials who spoke highly of him, while taking a veiled swipe at the mayor of San Juan, the capital, who had characterized initial recovery efforts as ineffective.

In a televised meeting with officials in a hangar at Muniz Air National Guard Base, Trump struck an upbeat note about progress made since the storm struck on Sept. 20, knocking out the power grid, snatching away cellphone service, isolating dozens of rural communities and leaving hundreds of thousands scrambling for food, water, medicine, cash and gasoline.

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President Trump called for prayer and unity in the face of "an act of pure evil" in a somber address from the White House Monday, hours after a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert killed dozens of people.

The shooter “brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil," he said.

In a tweet, the president extended his "warmest condolences and sympathies" to the victims and their families.

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The Trump administration faced more backlash Friday over the unfolding Hurricane Maria humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, despite the president and other officials indicating the federal government was fully engaged in providing relief.

President Trump defended his administration's response in a series of tweets.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz was among the most vocal critics of the federal government’s response, saying acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke’s reference a day earlier to relief efforts as a good news story was inappropriate. The situation was about life and death, Cruz said.

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President Trump on Monday directed his education secretary to prioritize science and technology education and spend at least $200 million annually on competitive grants so schools can broaden access to computer science education in particular.

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior White House advisor on workforce issues, told reporters during a telephone briefing earlier Monday that it is vital that students, especially girls and racial minorities, learn how to write computer code and study computer science.

On Friday, the president shared a video that featured some of his daughter's comments about the initiative.

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President Trump tweeted his thanks after giving a speech to the National Assn. of Manufacturers on Friday in Washington.

In his remarks, Trump repeated his assertion that the Republican tax plan benefited the middle class more than the wealthy.

“By eliminating the tax breaks and special-interest loopholes that primarily benefit the wealthy, our framework ensures that the benefits of tax reform go to the middle class, not the highest earners,” he said.

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President Trump issued a congratulatory tweet Sunday after the Americans won the Presidents Cup for the seventh consecutive time.

Trump arrived at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., about 45 minutes before the Americans secured the gold trophy that he was to present to them.

Trump, the honorary chairman of the matches, is the first sitting president to attend on the final day and present the trophy. He dedicated the award to the people who have endured hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

President Trump extended well wishes Saturday to those observing the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, began Friday at sundown.

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President Trump on Sunday morning assailed “politically motivated ingrates” for criticizing the speed and scope of the federal recovery effort in the wake of Hurricane Maria, while praising first responders, the military, Puerto Rico's governor and federal workers.

His remarks were in a series of posts on Twitter, just as on Saturday morning when Trump first unleashed attacks on his critics in Puerto Rico from his New Jersey golf resort. While less acidic than those a day earlier that drew a strong backlash, the tweets signaled that Trump is comfortable keeping the furor alive – two days before he is to visit the island on Tuesday.

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Just a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested a possible diplomatic breakthrough with nuclear-armed North Korea, President Trump on Sunday undercut his top diplomat, saying Tillerson “is wasting his time.”

The stunning rebuke was the latest incident in which Trump has publicly contradicted Tillerson and quickly dashed any hope for progress in easing perilously volatile tensions with the government in Pyongyang, which has threatened to destroy the United States just as Trump has threatened the same against North Korea.

Tillerson, amid a whirlwind series of meetings on Saturday in Beijing with China’s top leaders, told reporters that the United States had opened direct “lines of communication” with North Korea over its aggressive program to build a nuclear arsenal.

Detroit Lions players link arms and kneel during the national anthem Sunday.
Detroit Lions players link arms and kneel during the national anthem Sunday. (Duane Burleson / Associated Press)

President Trump took a break from his Saturday morning counterattack on Twitter against San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz to once again address the National Football League.

At a rally in Alabama last Friday, Trump criticized NFL players who have refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest the treatment of African Americans by law enforcement.

Trump urged team owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem.