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  • His cabinet
  • Russia

Dogged by signs that prosecutors are zeroing in on his inner circle, President Trump insisted Saturday he wasn’t worried about what his former national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, may tell investigators after agreeing to a plea deal Friday.

“What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a series of fundraising events in New York City.

In a tweet, Trump said he “had to fire” Flynn because the retired Army lieutenant general lied to Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI about contacts with Russia’s then-ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak.

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  • Accolades
  • Domestic policy

Senate Republicans, after a flurry of last-minute deals, salvaged their tax plan early Saturday and put Congress on track to deliver President Trump’s most significant first-year accomplishment.

Trump thanked legislators early Saturday in tweets.

"Look forward to signing a final bill before Christmas!" he wrote.

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  • Domestic policy
  • The economy
  • Politics and polls

President Trump touted an open letter that says that the Republican tax plan will accelerate economic growth.

The letter, first posted Wednesday on CNBC’s website, is signed by 137 economists but lists as its author the RATE Coalition, a political advocacy nonprofit representing a group of large U.S. corporations. The group describes its mission as reforming the tax code "by reducing the corporate income tax rate to make it more competitive with our nation’s major trading partners."

Trump quoted from the letter Thursday afternoon in a tweet that also linked to a video highlighting relevant portions.

  • On the media
  • His cabinet

President Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that he is keeping embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, though he would not say how long.

The tweet linked to an Instagram post with a picture of Tillerson being sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office.

Trump met for lunch Friday with Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis. Earlier in the day, Tillerson called reports of his potential departure “laughable.”

  • Immigration
  • Courts
  • Politics and polls

President Trump lashed out in multiple tweets against the acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on murder and manslaughter charges, brushing aside the pleas of Kathryn Steinle’s family, who have asked to end the public battle over their daughter’s death.

Trump had tweeted at least three times on the verdict by Friday morning, including one in which he blamed the “weakly protected Obama border” for the “travesty of justice” and demanded “BUILD THE WALL!”

“The Schumer/Pelosi Democrats are so weak on Crime that they will pay a big price in the 2018 and 2020 Elections,” Trump wrote in another tweet.

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  • Immigration

A man accused of fatally shooting Kathryn Steinle in a case that President Trump frequently cited in the national debate over illegal immigration was found not guilty on all counts except felony possession of a weapon.

Trump responded Thursday night with a tweet calling the verdict “disgraceful.”

"No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration," he wrote.

  • His schedule
  • Accolades

Ringing in the holidays for the first time from Washington, President Trump lighted the national Christmas tree on Thursday evening, wishing the country "a merry Christmas" — as he vowed to do during his campaign.

Taking part in the annual ritual, Trump counted down from 10 before his wife, Melania, pushed a button to set the tree aglow.

"Today's a day that I've been looking very much forward to all year long," said Trump. "And now, as the president of the United States, it's my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world a very merry Christmas."

  • Accolades
  • The economy
  • Politics and polls
  • Fox News

Wall Street finished November with a broad rally that gave the Dow Jones industrial average its biggest gain since March and pushed it past the 24,000 mark for the first time.

President Trump celebrated the milestone Thursday with a series of tweets.

Stocks are being driven higher by a healthy economic backdrop and by the prospect that policy changes will fatten corporate profits.

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  • Foreign policy
  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump met Thursday at the White House with the crown prince of Bahrain.

Trump told reporters at the meeting that Bahrain and the United States have had a "long relationship and a great relationship" that will only get better. He said Bahrain is "doing a lot of business" with the U.S. and "buying a lot of things."

In a later tweet, Trump cited $9 billion worth of "commercial deals," including the purchase of F-16 aircraft, that he said Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa would be “advancing” during his visit.

President Trump thanked Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) for speaking out on his behalf after he raised a transatlantic outcry by retweeting anti-Muslim videos the day before.

On Thursday, Trump shared via Twitter an MSNBC video clip in which Hatch claimed that he wasn't aware of the furor, as he doesn't "pay much attention" to Trump's tweets.

"I'll say this for you," Hatch continued. "He's been one of the best presidents I've served under and the reason is, is he's not afraid to make decisions. He's not afraid to take on the big mouths around here."