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President Trump tweeted that the continued decline in the number of healthcare subscribers is a sign that the "obstructionist Democrats gave up."

About 16% of consumers who signed up for coverage this year through health insurance markets had canceled by early spring, continuing a trend also reflected during the Obama years.

Figures released from the Health and Human Services Department on Monday show that 10.3 million people were signed up and paying their premiums as of March 15. That's 1.9 million fewer than the 12.2 million who initially signed up during open enrollment season, which ended Jan. 31.

  • Accolades
  • Domestic policy

Congress approved long-sought legislation Tuesday to make firing employees easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs, part of an effort urged by President Trump to fix a struggling agency serving millions of veterans.

The House cleared the bill, 368-55, replacing an earlier version that Democrats had criticized as overly unfair to workers. The Senate passed the bipartisan legislation by voice vote last week. It will go to Trump later this week for his signature.

The measure comes after a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting months for appointments. During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to fire VA employees "who let our veterans down," describing the government's second-largest agency and its more than 350,000 employees as "the most corrupt" and "incompetent."

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  • Domestic policy

President Trump tweeted about his visit to Wisconsin, where the man who parlayed a run on television's "The Apprentice" into a winning presidential campaign said that the nation needs a stronger system of apprenticeship to match workers with millions of open jobs.

The Trump administration has said there's a need that can be met with a change in the American attitude toward vocational education and apprenticeships. A November 2016 report by then-President Obama's Commerce Department found that "apprenticeships are not fully understood in the United States," especially by employers, who tend to use apprentices for a few hard-to-fill positions but not as widely as they could.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) said Trump's "rhetoric doesn't match the reality" of budget cuts he's proposing that would reduce federal job training funding by 40%, from $2.7 billion to $1.6 billion.

  • Immigration
  • Courts
  • Travel ban

President Trump said Tuesday that the latest federal court ruling against his proposed travel ban comes at a "dangerous time," maintaining that prohibitions on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations will keep the country safe.

"S.C." may refer to the Supreme Court, where Trump has vowed to take his travel ban fight.

The San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday refused to reinstate Trump's executive order banning travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. A three-judge panel said the administration failed to show that blocking citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was needed to protect the United States. The court also found that the president's order ran afoul of an immigration law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of nationality.

  • Daily summary
Preisdent Trump attends a Cabinet meeting at the White House on June 12, 2017.
Preisdent Trump attends a Cabinet meeting at the White House on June 12, 2017. (Olivier Douliery / Pool / Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His daughter Ivanka's appearance on "Fox & Friends"
  2. A tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting
  3. The opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania
  4. A meeting of his Cabinet
  5. His congratulations to Clemson University's champion football team
  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump honored Clemson University's NCAA champion football team with a tweet.

The Clemson Tigers won the national championship in January with a thrilling 35-31 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide.

As is tradition, the team visited the White House. While hosting them on Monday, Trump said that the championship was one of the greatest games he had ever watched.

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President Trump shared a video clip of his remarks at a Cabinet meeting on Monday.

After Trump extolled the achievements of his young administration, asserting that he had accomplished more than any president in his first six months — with "few exceptions," like President Franklin D. Roosevelt — his Cabinet added more accolades.

Vice President Mike Pence declared his job "the greatest privilege of my life."

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  • The economy
  • Fox News

President Trump hailed the opening of a new coal mine by sharing a report that called it the first of the "Trump era," though plans for the mine's opening were made well before his election.

Corsa Coal Corp. will supply coal used in making steel and is expected to generate up to 100 full-time jobs. The company said it decided in August to open the Acosta mine, 60 miles south of Pittsburgh, after a steel industry boom drove up prices for metallurgical coal.

Trump has made reversing the decades-long decline in coal mining the central tenet of his environmental policy, blaming federal regulations aimed at curbing planet-warming carbon emissions for job losses in the industry.


A year after a gunman who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State stormed into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and opened fire, killing 49 people, President Trump remembered the victims of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history in a tweet.

In Orlando, mourners marked the anniversary with a ceremony at the site of the shooting, which was open only to survivors or those who lost loved ones in the attack.

  • Family matters
  • Fox News

President Trump promoted an appearance by his daughter Ivanka Trump during which she adroitly sidestepped the burning questions about the White House's latest scandals and promoting its infrastructure and workforce initiatives.

The White House special advisor, who said she was in New York for her sister-in-law's baby shower and is currently promoting her book "Women Who Work," defended husband Jared Kushner's role in the administration and scolded the media for its "viciousness" and "ferocity" in covering her father's presidency during her Monday appearance on "Fox & Friends." (She'll appear on the show again on Thursday.)

When co-host Brian Kilmeade asked about the outcome of last week's revelatory hearings with ousted FBI Director James B. Comey, Trump declined to share her thoughts about the topic. She instead rehashed her father's tweet about Comey's incendiary testimony and spun her response to get back on message.