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President Trump’s threat to Honduras on Tuesday over migrants he claims are headed to the United States marks an about-face after his administration has sought close ties with the Central American nation, and illustrates how his impulsive tweets can send confusing signals to allies.

Trump has been lashing out in recent days against a “Caravan of People from Honduras” coming across “our ‘Weak Laws’ border” with Mexico, as he put it in his latest tweet. In the new broadside, he not only threatened Mexico — warning again of implications for ongoing trade negotiations — but also warned he might cut foreign aid to Honduras.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the caravan of about 1,100 migrants was now resting in southern Mexico and seeking advice on obtaining visas in Mexico, mostly on humanitarian grounds. Most of those involved in the symbolic march were not expected to proceed to the United States.

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Paul Manafort and his wife enter federal court in Alexandria, Va., for his arraignment last month.
Paul Manafort and his wife enter federal court in Alexandria, Va., for his arraignment last month. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was explicitly authorized last summer to investigate allegations that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, had conspired with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, according to government documents filed in federal court.

Manafort has been charged with conspiracy, money laundering, tax evasion and bank fraud related to a lucrative and undisclosed lobbying operation for the Ukraine’s former pro-Kremlin government. 

He is fighting those charges in federal courts in Virginia and Washington and has not been charged with crimes specifically tied to the Trump campaign.

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President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam in November
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam in November (Mikhail Klimentyev / EPA)

The Kremlin said on Monday that President Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House when the two men spoke by phone last month, though the Kremlin and the White House both said that a summit is far from certain.

Trump alluded to the possibility in remarks to White House reporters shortly after the call, which he made to congratulate Putin on his controversial reelection.

“We will probably get together in the not-too-distant future so that we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race,” Trump said on March 20. Neither side has announced specifics, including a date or a place.

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An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin says President Trump has invited the Russian leader to the White House, but the two countries haven't started any preparations for such a visit.

Trump and Putin had a telephone conversation on March 20 in which Trump congratulated Putin on winning the Russian presidential election two days earlier. The White House and the Kremlin said at the time the two presidents discussed meeting in person.

Putin aide Yuri Ushakov told Russian news agencies on Monday that Trump specifically invited Putin to the White House during the call.

President Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room at the White House on Feb. 15.
President Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room at the White House on Feb. 15. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

President Trump claimed in a series of tweets Sunday morning that Border Patrol agents can't do their jobs properly because of “ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws” that allow people caught for being in the country illegally to be released while they await a hearing before a federal immigration judge.

The president claimed the situation is “Getting more dangerous” and “Caravans” are coming, but offered no information to back up his claims.

Trump added “NO MORE DACA DEAL!” to help young immigrants known as “Dreamers” who were brought into the country illegally as children and meet other requirements.

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(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

President Trump blasted California Gov. Jerry Brown for using his pardon powers in a series of pre-Easter Twitter attacks.

Trump disparaged Brown with his old “Moonbeam” nickname and then criticized him for issuing Good Friday pardons, part of a tradition for Brown around the Easter season.

“Is this really what the great people of California want?” Trump wrote, listing some of the crimes committed by those either pardoned or issued clemency by Brown, including spousal abuse.

President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in March.
President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in March. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

It seems at times like a reality television show.

President Trump has ousted more than two dozen members of his administration, creating the impression of chaos and a national guessing game of who will be next.

Most of the casualties have been senior aides — remember Stephen K. Bannon and Anthony Scaramucci? Of his original Cabinet — positions that require confirmation by the Senate — a total of three have been dismissed or forced to resign. They are Tom Price (secretary of Health and Human Services), Rex Tillerson (secretary of State) and, this week, David Shulkin (secretary of Veterans Affairs).

President Donald Trump speaking at the White House last week with Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, left, and Vice President Mike Pence.
President Donald Trump speaking at the White House last week with Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, left, and Vice President Mike Pence. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

President Trump said Thursday that he may put a hold on a new trade deal with South Korea just to make sure things are “moving along very nicely” in talks to end the nuclear program in North Korea.

The musing came in a rambling Trump speech about roads and bridges, where he broke off from the main topic repeatedly. To the surprise and confusion of many, Trump drew a possible link between the recently announced trade deal with South Korea and the joint effort by the U.S. and South Korea to enter into talks with North Korea.

The Trump administration announced this week a new trade deal that will lift steel tariffs on South Korea in exchange for greater access to their auto market, an agreement that both sides find economically advantageous. But Trump apparently thinks the deal might be valuable as a bargaining chip in the other conversation, too.

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Stormy Daniels arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2007.
Stormy Daniels arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2007. (Stormy Daniels)

A federal judge in Los Angeles has denied a demand for a jury trial from the attorney for an adult film actress who said she had an affair with President Trump because the request was premature.

Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Stormy Daniels, says Thursday that he will refile the motion once Trump’s attorneys formally demand an arbitration proceeding in the case.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has been seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election in order to discuss her relationship.

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When a border wall replacement project began near downtown Calexico this year, Border Patrol agents emphasized that it should not be confused with President Trump’s wall. The president himself stirred up confusion Wednesday, tweeting photos of the Calexico construction and saying, “Great briefing this afternoon on the start of our Southern Border WALL!”

One problem: Plans for the wall replacement project started in 2009.

“It was ultimately funded under the current administration in 2017, but is completely separate of any political talk or commentary,” Justin Castrejon, a spokesman for the Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector, said in an interview this month.