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Disclosures stemming from last summer’s meeting between President Trump’s eldest son, a Kremlin-linked lawyer and at least one other controversial Russian figure could prove to be a turning point in the tangled, months-long probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, senior Democrats said Sunday.

The White House dispatched a senior member of the president’s personal legal defense team to the major Sunday news shows to play down last week’s steady drip of revelations about the meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, which was also attended by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, now a senior White House aide.

The president, meanwhile, took to Twitter to renew his defense of Donald Trump Jr. over the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, returning to familiar twin themes of attacking former opponent Hillary Clinton and castigating the news media over coverage of Russia-related matters.

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The final day of the U.S. Women's Open tournament had an even bigger stage with President Trump in attendance.

He's the first sitting president to attend the event, which took place Friday through Sunday at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

For hours each of the tournament's last three days, people who had bought tickets to the championship found themselves with front-row seats to Trump's glad-handing, chit-chatting, sports watching and french-fry eating.

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  • Politics and polls

New polling released Sunday confirmed how deep the hole is that President Trump finds himself in six months into his presidency, but also offered some warnings to his Democratic opponents.

A new Washington Post/ABC News survey found that Americans by 36%-58% disapprove of Trump's performance in office.

That's a significantly worse grade than the public has given any president at this point in his tenure since modern polling began in the 1940s.

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President Trump leaves the 72nd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
President Trump leaves the 72nd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday, July 15, 2017. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. The stock market
  2. Recent revelations regarding contacts between Russians and members of his presidential campaign team, which he called a "hoax"
  3. His weekly address, in which he urged Republican senators to pass healthcare legislation
  4. His appearance Saturday at his New Jersey golf club for the U.S. Women's Open
  5. His plan to attend the final round of the Women's Open at his club Sunday
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  • Russia
  • The economy

President Trump on Saturday used Twitter to champion the economy while decrying as a "hoax" recent revelations regarding contacts between Russian officials and members of his presidential campaign team.

Last weekend, the New York Times reported that Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., had met during the 2016 campaign with Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Trump Jr. initially downplayed the political nature of the meeting, telling the paper that it had primarily concerned adoptions.

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After attending the U.S. Women's Open at his New Jersey golf club Friday and Saturday, President Trump tweeted that he planned to be there Sunday, as well.

The message marked the fifth time in two days Trump tweeted about the event, which is being held at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Trump has spent numerous weekends visiting his properties and golf courses since taking office, raising alarms from ethics experts and critics who say he is using the presidency to bolster his properties' profiles and enrich himself.

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President Trump continued to tweet about his attendance at the U.S. Women's Open, which is taking place this weekend at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Sporting his signature red "Make America Great Again" cap, Trump arrived Saturday to cheers from fans watching the tournament at his club.

"We love you, Donald!" they shouted, as he made his way into an enclosed viewing area with large windows looking out onto the course.

  • Healthcare
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President Trump shared a video clip of his weekly address, in which he championed the revised GOP healthcare bill before the U.S. Senate and said that senators will next week vote on the legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

"The Senate healthcare bill stops the Obamacare disaster, expands choice and drives down costs," Trump said in his remarks. "And I want to tell you the Republican senators are working very hard to get something that’s going to be really, really good – the opposite of the big lie which was Obamacare."

A full transcript of his address is here.

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President Trump acknowledges well-wishers as he arrives at the 72nd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J.
President Trump acknowledges well-wishers as he arrives at the 72nd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His push for Republican senators to pass revised healthcare legislation
  2. Lavish praise of his visit to Paris at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron
  3. An expression of solidarity with France on the anniversary of last year's terrorist attack in Nice
  4. His plans to attend the U.S. Women's Open at his New Jersey golf club both Friday and Saturday
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After attending the U.S. Women's Open at his New Jersey golf club on Friday, President Trump tweeted that he planned to be there Saturday, too.

The president's arrival at his club on Friday created such a commotion that crowds at the U.S. Women's Open were asked to keep it down as golfers Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson and Stacy Lewis approached the 15th green.

Trump, fresh off a quick trip to France, turned up in a glassed-off patio of the clubhouse with son Eric by his side.