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Jay-Z acknowledges his Industry Icon award during the Clive Davis party on the eve of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 28 in New York.
Jay-Z acknowledges his Industry Icon award during the Clive Davis party on the eve of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 28 in New York. (Jewel Samad/AFP-Getty Images)

To the list of prominent African American figures against whom President Trump has aired grievances on Twitter, add Jay-Z.

The president began his Sunday by suggesting that the award-winning hip-hop artist was unaware that black unemployment stood at “LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED,” crediting himself and his economic policies for the phenomenon.

Trump was apparently responding to a television interview the night before, in which Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, criticized the president’s profane description of African countries and Haiti, calling Trump’s characterization “hurtful.”

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President Trump, in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, will call for overhauling immigration and spending more on the military and infrastructure. But his vision will confront political realities and budget constraints created by Republicans' recent tax cuts, which he'll tout as a boon to the economy.

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Steve Wynn
Steve Wynn (Associated Press)

Casino mogul Steve Wynn has resigned his position as finance chair of the Republican National Committee amid allegations that he sexually harassed multiple employees at his resorts.

The resignation, first reported by Politico, refocuses the spotlight on the Republican Party as it has struggled to respond to the #metoo movement, and reckon with President Trump’s own history of alleged unwanted sexual advances.

Wynn has been a major donor for Republicans in recent years and a rainmaker for the party. Earlier in his career, he also gave heavily to Democrats. But like Trump, he abandoned the Democratic Party in recent years and focused his effort almost exclusively on helping Republicans.

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President Trump was booed Friday when he called the news media “vicious,” “mean” and “fake” during a brief question-and-answer session following his pro-America speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The president, who as a New York businessman was long a mainstay of the city’s tabloids, said that over his career he’s gotten a “disproportionate” amount of press. Yet it wasn’t until he got into politics, he said, that he saw “how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be.”

The comment sparked a smattering of boos and hisses from the crowd, which included world leaders, heads of global companies, intellectuals and foreign media. While such anti-media remarks are familiar to Americans, Trump’s attack was extraordinary for being made before an international audience, given that U.S. presidents historically have been global clarions for a free press.

The U.S. economy slowed at the end of last year, once again unable to sustain 3% growth for very long in a trend that has plagued the recovery from the Great Recession.

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President Trump at the World Economic Forum.
President Trump at the World Economic Forum. (Laurent Gillieron / Keystone / Associated Press)

President Trump, meeting with the chairman of the African Union on Friday, ignored questions from reporters about the president’s reference to nations on the continent as “shithole countries” in a closed-door meeting this month.

Trump’s meeting with Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda and chairman of the African Union, was his first meeting with an African leader since the comments, made in a bipartisan meeting at the Oval Office, were reported Jan. 11.

The African Union had called on Trump to apologize for the remarks. It is unknown whether they were discussed at all during the private portion of Friday’s meeting with Kagame, which took place at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

President Trump met separately with the leaders of two of America’s closest allies on Thursday, and their public appearances confirmed that the closer of the two is Israel, even as Trump insisted that reported tensions with Britain are a “false rumor.”

President Trump at a working dinner in Davos.
President Trump at a working dinner in Davos. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty)

President Trump on Friday called a report that he tried to fire Special Counsel Robert S. Meuller III last year “fake news.”

“Fake news. Fake news,” he said in brief remarks as he entered the conference hall for the World Economic Forum in Davos. “Typical New York Times. Fake stories.”

The Times reported Thursday that that he tried to fire  Mueller in June, halting the effort only after White House Counsel Donald McGahn threatened to resign.

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President Trump, not one for saying he’s sorry, offered a semi-regret for retweeting a far-right anti-Muslim video, telling British television host Piers Morgan that he “would certainly apologize if you’d like me to do that.”  

“Can I get an apology out of you just for the retweets of Britain First?” Morgan asked Trump in a video excerpt released early Friday.

“Here's what's fair,” Trump responded in the back-and forth, after trying to minimize the retweets. “If you're telling me these are horrible people, horrible racist people, I would certainly apologize, if you'd like me to do that, I know nothing about them.” 

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The proposal commits to legalizing a larger group than Republican conservatives have been willing to consider.

The White House will propose granting legal status to 1.8 million young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, in return for $25 billion for border security, including President Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border.

The proposal, an outline of which was delivered to members of Congress by White House officials Thursday, marks a major step for the administration — committing to legalizing a much larger group than Republican conservatives have previously been willing to consider.

The proposal would set up a 10- to 12-year path to citizenship for the so-called Dreamers.