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  • His schedule
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President Trump returned Saturday night to the White House after visiting Texas and Louisiana to meet with victims of Hurricane Harvey.

His Twitter finger appeared to be itchy.

In the first of three tweets sent minutes apart, the president touted a rise in the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index, which measures how quickly U.S. factories are expanding.

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  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived in Houston on Saturday in their second trip to the region this week, this time to meet with victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The president’s trip, which will include a planned stop in southeast Louisiana, comes after criticism that his first visit on Tuesday to relatively unscathed Corpus Christi didn’t include a meeting with victims of the storm. Trump said that was intentional because he did not want to interfere with rescue and recovery operations.

After landing midmorning at Ellington Field, Trump spoke to local legislators, handed out food to people forced from their homes by flooding and sought to reassure families and children that his administration was engaged in Texas’ recovery efforts.

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  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump said that "great progress" was being made in areas of Texas and Louisiana recovering from Harvey.

Trump tweeted Friday night that he and First Lady Melania Trump planned to visit both states on Saturday.

The president also said that he would spend the rest of the weekend at the White House. He assured the public that he would be working while there.

  • The economy

U.S. stocks rose Friday as investors viewed a relatively weak jobs report for August as likely to help keep interest rates low. 

President Trump noted the development Friday evening in a tweet.

The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in August. That was a bit less than analysts expected, but investors were pleased that the economy kept growing at a steady pace while inflation remains weak. They bet that will keep the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates too quickly.

  • His cabinet
  • Accolades

President Trump praised his chief of staff Friday and said that his administration is getting things done "at a record clip."

Trump took to Twitter to push the positive pronouncements Friday morning amid reports that he's feeling increasingly shackled by John F. Kelly's attempts to control the information he receives and limit who has access to the president.

Trump also insisted that his administration is accomplishing his mandates quickly, despite his failed attempt at a healthcare overhaul and other major setbacks.

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  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump has signed a proclamation establishing Sunday as a day of prayer for those dealing with the aftermath of Harvey.

The president was joined Friday in the Oval Office by leaders of the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

He commended the families and rescue workers dealing with the remnants of the massive storm in Texas and Louisiana.

  • Courts
  • Politics and polls
  • The Clintons
  • James Comey

The FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation that ended last year without charges remains a lingering grievance for President Trump, who for months has held it up as an example of a "rigged" criminal justice system that shielded his Democratic opponent from punishment for her private server.

Trump flared up again Friday, tweeting that FBI Director James B. Comey exonerated Clinton months before the investigation was actually over.

Trump's tweet appeared to have been prompted by the Senate Judiciary Committee's release Thursday of excerpts from interview transcripts involving top FBI officials, including people close to Comey.

  • Foreign policy
  • North Korea

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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  • Accolades

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.

  • On the media
  • Insults

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.