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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.

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  • Foreign policy
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  • North Korea
  • The Clintons
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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.

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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.

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.

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President Trump credited his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange for the U.S. Senate in Alabama with having boosted Strange's standing in the polls by "MANY points."

Trump's tweet Saturday came days after Strange's opponent, former state Chief Justice Roy Moore, won the Republican nomination for the seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions when he became attorney general.

Trump endorsed Strange several times on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the race, and he traveled on Sept. 22 to Huntsville, Ala., to campaign with Strange.

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From the comfort of his New Jersey golf resort, President Trump lashed out Saturday at the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the ravaged island’s residents, defending his administration’s hurricane response by suggesting that Puerto Ricans had not done enough to help themselves.

Trump’s Twitter assault, which began early Saturday and lasted until evening, was set off by criticism from Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who on Friday had criticized the federal response since Hurricane Maria’s Sept. 20 landfall.

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President Trump tweeted Friday in celebration of a record close on Wall Street the day before.

U.S. stocks finished slightly higher Thursday, led by technology companies and drugmakers. After a big move the day before, that was enough to take stocks back to record highs.

After a slow start, stocks gradually moved upward in afternoon trading as companies in technology, basic materials, real estate and finance contributed modest gains. Industrial firms took small losses.

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President Trump tweeted a link to his weekly address on Friday.

Trump opened his remarks by extending condolences to residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, parts of which were devastated the week before by Hurricane Maria.

The president then outlined the Republican tax reform proposal that was rolled out on Wednesday.

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A day after Republican officials unveiled an outline of their proposed tax overhaul, President Trump tweeted that the plan had received "great reviews."

The tax plan was met with widespread support from GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill and their allied groups.

But as legislation is drafted and analyzed and winners and losers become apparent, Republicans are almost certain to struggle to hold their majority together.

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Greeted by hugs, tears and a roaring standing ovation, a hobbling Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the House on Thursday, more than three months after a gunman sprayed fire at a baseball practice and left the lawmaker clinging to life.

"You have no idea how great this feels to be back here at work in the people's house," the 51-year-old Louisiana Republican said to a chamber packed with lawmakers, including senators who had crossed the Capitol to welcome him back.

President Trump spoke to Scalise, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. He also tweeted a congratulatory message that included a video of Scalise arriving in the House chamber: