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  • Family matters
  • On the media
  • Insults
  • Russia

President Trump said in a tweet that his son was "open, transparent and innocent" and again dismissed the Russia investigation as the "greatest Witch Hunt in political history."

That came one day after Donald Trump Jr. disclosed on Twitter a series of emails that revealed his eagerness to hear negative material on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer.

The exchange showed Trump Jr. conversing with a music publicist who wanted him to meet with a "Russian government attorney" who supposedly had dirt on Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump." He was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Clinton and her dealings with Russia.

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  • Accolades
  • The economy

In tweets on Wednesday, President Trump alternated between defending his oldest son from criticism stemming from a June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer and promoting what the president framed as progress made by his administration.

A pair of tweets touting the economy Wednesday afternoon fell into the latter category.

The day before, major stock indexes veered sharply lower before midday, as news broke that Donald Trump Jr. had released an email chain that showed him discussing plans to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton from what was described to him as a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign.

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  • Foreign policy
  • His schedule

President Trump arrives in Paris on Thursday for a hastily planned visit to meet with France’s new, young president and attend Bastille Day celebrations, his first public appearances after four days that have been dominated by mounting questions over what he knew about Russian efforts to assist his campaign.

The unusual four-day stretch without a public appearance came as Trump’s administration tried to cope with the most threatening news to date in the long-running Russia inquiry: his eldest son’s attempt last year to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer who was described to him as connected to the Kremlin.

Trump was invited by French President Emmanuel Macron just two weeks ago to see the French national day parade on the city’s grand boulevard, the Champs-Elysees, and mark the 100th anniversary this year of U.S. troops coming to France’s aid in World War I.

  • Insults
  • Politics and polls

President Trump accused Senate Democrats of obstructing the confirmation of his nominees in a tweet sent Tuesday.

Trump has had fewer nominees confirmed at this point in his presidency than many of his predecessors, according to statistics from the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service.

But he has also made fewer nominations, the statistics show.

  • Accolades
  • Terrorism

President Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to celebrate "big wins" made in the fight against Islamic State.

His tweet came the day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared victory “over darkness, over brutality and terrorism” in a speech in Mosul. 

A day earlier, Abadi had gone to Mosul to congratulate the country’s armed forces as they were on the verge of defeating Islamic State militants who had once controlled the city.

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President Trump extended his condolences after a Marine Corps transport plane crashed in a soybean field, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.

Investigators were scouring a remote, rural stretch of the Mississippi Delta on Tuesday for clues about what caused the crash.

The KC-130T aircraft was carrying small-arms ammunition and personal weapons from North Carolina to California when it experienced a “mishap” Monday afternoon, disappearing from air traffic control radar as it passed over Leflore County, Miss., military officials said.

  • Family matters
  • Accolades
  • Russia
  • Fox News

President Trump promoted an interview with his son, Donald Trump Jr., that was set to air Tuesday night on Fox News' "Hannity."

Trump Jr. said he "probably would have done things a little differently" when he met a Russian attorney during his father's presidential campaign after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to interview excerpts released by Fox News on Tuesday afternoon.

But as Trump Jr. found himself at the center of a widening controversy involving the Trump administration's relationship with Russia, the president's son also defended his motivations for taking the June 2016 meeting, telling Sean Hannity, "For me, this was opposition research."

  • His schedule

President Trump says he is trying to land an Olympian deal for Los Angeles.

He tweeted Tuesday that he's "working hard" to bring the Summer Olympics to the city. The International Olympic Committee is choosing between Los Angeles and Paris for hosting the 2024 games.

The United States hasn't hosted a Summer Olympics since the Centennial games in Atlanta in 1996. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002. 

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  • Daily summary
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers questions during a press briefing Monday.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers questions during a press briefing Monday. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. A renewal of his feud with former FBI Director James B. Comey, which followed a "Fox & Friends" segment recapping a report from the Hill  newspaper that said some of Comey's memos documenting his conversations with Trump contained classified information
  2. His call for Congress to pass healthcare legislation before recessing for the monthlong August break
  3. His defense of his daughter briefly taking his seat Saturday during a Group of 20 meeting
  4. A shot at the news media and Chelsea Clinton

The president also retweeted:

  1. A tweet from actor James Woods taking aim at former President Obama and the "Democrat cabal"
  2. A tweet from "Fox & Friends" containing a video clip in which political commentator Carrie Sheffield defended Trump's use of social media, arguing that he uses it to bypass the "mainstream" media that has failed in its duty to represent the public
  3. A tweet from Fox News' Sean Hannity in which he appeared to revive old attack lines against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch
  4. A tweet from "Fox & Friends" containing a video clip in which the head of the Sergeants Benevolent Assn. criticized New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio for traveling to the G-20 summit in Germany rather than attending a vigil for an NYPD officer who was gunned down last week

Trump did not tweet about:

  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

Senate Republicans, having hit an apparent impasse in their long campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, return to Washington this week in search of a way forward, with support dwindling, time running out and deep divisions within their ranks.

President Trump took to Twitter to press lawmakers to pass healthcare legislation before Congress recesses for the monthlong August break.

Options are limited as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assesses the legislative landscape for his Obamacare replacement, which has virtually no hope of passing unless it is substantially amended.