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President Trump sought Friday to downplay ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion among members of his campaign team.

Trump tweeted: "It is now commonly agreed, after many months of COSTLY looking, that there was NO collusion between Russia and Trump."

Trump instead accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, to whom he referred by her initials, "HC," of colluding with Russia.

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  • Accolades
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In between slamming Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer as "wacky & totally unhinged" and accusing presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russia, President Trump doled out a slew of wide-ranging accolades via Twitter on Friday.

Trump first congratulated the GOP for House Republicans' passage of a budget, a necessary step for a tax overhaul. He specifically named House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).

In a separate tweet, Trump singled out for praise Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who chairs the House Budget Committee.

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President Trump appeared to indicate Friday that the government will release more documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Trump tweeted an image in which he wrote that he plans to release "ALL JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living."

Trump did not provide a timetable for the files' release. He wrote that he arrived at the decision after consulting with intelligence officials and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.

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President Trump on Friday released via Instagram a promotional video teasing his plan to announce a new chair of the Federal Reserve next week.

Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen's term ends in February.

Trump this week said his choice was down to "two and maybe three people," who are thought to be Yellen, Fed governor Jerome Powell and John Taylor, a Stanford University economist.

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President Trump called Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer "wacky" and "unhinged" Friday after apparently seeing an ad that features the San Francisco billionaire calling for Trump to be impeached.

The 60-second television ad has been running for nearly a week and has been spotted during World Series broadcasts, but it was its appearance during "Fox and Friends" on Friday morning that might have caught Trump's attention.

Trump tweeted shortly after the ad ran that Steyer "has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from the beginning," adding the billionaire environmentalist "never wins elections!"

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President Trump promoted a Christian-centric film produced by Fox News host and reported Trump confidant Sean Hannity.

Trump tweeted Thursday that the film would "be another Sean success!"

The president is known to be an avid consumer of Fox News. Of a total of 26 television interviews he's granted since his inauguration, 18 of them have gone to the network or an affiliate, according to figures provided to Politico by Mark Knoller, CBS News White House correspondent.

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President Trump on Thursday gave his strongest endorsement yet of the Trump-shy Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia.

In a pair of tweets, Trump said that Ed Gillespie would improve Virginia's economy, be "strong on crime" and "might even save our great statues/heritage."

Trump also attacked Gillespie's Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, as being "VERY weak" on crime and someone who "doesn't even show up to work."

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House Republicans on Thursday gave final approval to a 2018 GOP budget resolution, allowing for a $1.5-trillion deficit increase that sets the stage for President Trump’s tax cuts.

Trump called the passage "big news" Thursday morning in a tweet.

The largely party-line vote was 216-212, with 20 Republicans joining all Democrats to oppose.

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President Trump made sweeping new promises Thursday to mobilize the federal government against the deadly opioid epidemic, but his language contrasted sharply with an order that stopped well short of a major new commitment of resources for a crisis that last year killed more than 64,000 Americans.

Trump directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency, but he declined to declare a broader national emergency or ask Congress to fund any expansion in treatment or insurance coverage for Americans struggling with addiction.

Senior administration officials say they hope Congress will provide more money in a spending bill later this year, but officials would not say how much the White House will seek.

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Research that led to the compilation of a dossier detailing allegations about President Trump's ties to Russia and possible coordination with the Kremlin were funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

President Trump tweeted Wednesday about the revelation, appearing to cite a Fox News report that referred to Trump as "the victim" of the dossier.

A Clinton campaign lawyer and the DNC retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, in April 2016 to conduct the research. The firm hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity.