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President Trump praised Republicans' efforts to survive an embarrassing scare and narrowly hold on to a Kansas congressional seat in a special election that served as a surprising red-state referendum on Trump.

The single-digit victory for state Treasurer Ron Estes marked a far closer race than Democrats have pulled off in recent years, giving the party bragging rights as it looks to a series of special House elections this year.

Estes trailed in early tallies but then began to build a lead over Democratic civil rights attorney James Thompson, who had sought to translate anti-Trump anger on display at rallies and town halls across the country into a victory in one of the nation’s unlikeliest places. With 100% of precincts reporting, Estes led 53% to 46%.

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For the second day in a row, President Trump took to Twitter to escalate his rhetoric against North Korea, highlighting a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping during which the two leaders reportedly discussed what Trump called "the menace."

During the phone call, which came after the U.S. deployed warships to the region, Xi pressed Trump to avoid a military confrontation with North Korea.

Xi told Trump that China wanted a de-nuclearized North Korea, but urged a “peaceful solution,” according to Chinese state television. He also expressed a willingness to coordinate with the U.S.

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President Trump promoted an interview to air on Fox Business Network.

In the wide-ranging interview, the president touched on a number of topics, including the timeline of his tax reform plan and his reaction to Syria's chemical attack.

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President Trump touted his participation in a White House meeting with business leaders who are part of his strategic and policy forum.

During the meeting, Trump promised "pleasant surprises" from planned renegotiations of the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement, saying the agreement has "been a disaster since the day it was devised."

In addition, he reiterated his commitment to cutting taxes and regulations.

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When President Trump plucked conservative members of Congress to fill his Cabinet, it set off a slew of special elections -- starting with Tuesday's contest in Kansas.

These were supposed to be no-brainer affairs.

Trump easily won the Wichita, Kan.-area district held by Mike Pompeo, now the CIA director, since 2011. The opening offered an easy elevation for the party-picked candidate, Ron Estes, the state treasurer.

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Trump re-tweeted a Fox News article on Syrians who were grateful for the airstrike in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by Bashar Assad last week. 

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President Donald Trump escalated his rhetoric against North Korea on Tuesday, writing on Twitter that the country "is looking for trouble" and encouraging North Korea's neighbor China to "solve the problem."

Trump signed the message: "U.S.A."

In a second message, Trump said he told China's President Xi Jinping during his visit to Florida last week that China would get a better trade deal with the U.S. if Xi helped rein in North Korea's missile program, apparently linking China's cooperation on security issues with its economic actions.

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President Trump and Supreme Court Justice Judge Neil Gorsuch at a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 10.
President Trump and Supreme Court Justice Judge Neil Gorsuch at a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 10. (Eric Thayer / Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. The swearing-in of new Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch
  2. His wish for a happy Passover
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President Trump wished a happy Passover to all those celebrating.

The holiday, which commemorates the liberation from slavery and the exodus of the Jewish people from ancient Egypt, begins at sundown Monday and ends next Tuesday, April 18.

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President Trump congratulated new Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who went to the White House on Monday to take a second oath and to publicly thank Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, the lawyers in the White House counsel’s office and Republican Senate leaders for helping put him on the nation’s highest court.

At the Rose Garden ceremony, the president said he was proud and pleased to have chosen an outstanding jurist to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“I got it done in the first 100 days!” he said.