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President Trump has complained bitterly about his belief that the Obama administration had secretly tapped his phones. The possibility that he might be surveilling his own White House was raised by a tweet he sent Friday morning referencing fired FBI Director James Comey.

When asked if that meant that Trump was secretly recording conversations that occur in the White House, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he had asked the president about the issue.

Based on that conversation, he offered this response: “The president has nothing further to add on that.”

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  • On the media
  • Domestic policy
  • The economy

Amid continued backlash over his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, who had been supervising an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, President Trump attempted to turn attention toward what he emphatically called "real news."

In a tweet, he touted a new China-U.S. trade deal that will help sate the growing Chinese appetite for beef and allow more natural gas imports to fuel the country's expanding economy.

The agreement announced on Friday Beijing time appears to be a step toward easing discord between the world's two largest economies. Tensions have been stoked by Trump's aggressive rhetoric against Chinese exports and barriers to U.S. goods and investment.

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  • Foreign policy
  • His schedule
  • Russia

If President Trump had any qualms about his first meeting with Russia’s top diplomat and its controversial Washington envoy – the morning after Trump fired the FBI director investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election — he showed no outward sign of unease Wednesday.

Trump posed for grip-and-grin photos in the Oval Office, a venue usually reserved for welcoming other heads of state, with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s visiting foreign minister, and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador who has caused endless headaches for the White House.

The president’s first meeting with a senior Russian aide was closed to the U.S. news media. The White House had announced the meeting with Lavrov, but did not mention that Kislyak also would attend.

  • Insults
  • Russia
  • Politics and polls

President Trump tweeted that Russia "must be laughing" about the furor stemming from his decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey, which brought renewed attention to the FBI's investigation into whether Trump's current or former aides coordinated with Russian intelligence during the 2016 election.

As he's done in the past, the president characterized any allegations of collusion with Russia as fabrications advanced by Democrats to justify losing the election.

The day before, Trump posed for grip-and-grin photos in the Oval Office, a venue usually reserved for welcoming other heads of state, with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s visiting foreign minister, and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador who has caused endless headaches for the White House.

  • James Comey

President Trump has poked a familiar bear: Rosie O'Donnell, who famously has been getting into it with POTUS since back in the days when he was just the Donald.

Of course, O'Donnell has been poking the president almost nonstop on social media for a long time now. 

Trump was agreeing with a December tweet from O'Donnell calling for the firing of recently pink-slipped FBI Director James Comey.

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  • His schedule
  • Domestic policy
  • Voter fraud

President Trump ordered a voter fraud investigation Thursday, thrusting back into the spotlight an issue that few other Republican leaders want to tackle as he tries to divert attention from the controversy over his firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

The order adds a new chapter to an issue that has confounded many political observers. Without any evidence, Trump, in tweets and public statements for months after his campaign ended, charged massive voter fraud to explain rival Hillary Clinton’s winning the popular vote, inexplicably casting doubt on an election that he won in the electoral college.

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  • Domestic policy

President Trump signed an executive order aimed at modernizing and improving the nation's computer networks.

Trump's homeland security advisor, Tom Bossert, said the order will help keep the United States safer from cybersecurity risks. Among the new requirements is that agency heads must be accountable for implementing risk management measures.

Trump pledged in late January to strengthen the government's ability to protect its computer networks, but then canceled plans to sign an executive order on cybersecurity without explanation.

  • Insults
  • Russia
  • Politics and polls
  • James Comey

President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend his surprise firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, predicting he will eventually be praised for the move. 

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  • James Comey

The day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, President Trump made Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) the subject of a series of sharply critical tweets. It was not the first time Blumenthal has been a Trump target.

The president's criticism of Blumenthal, who was among the Democratic senators talking to the news media about the firing, was an expansion on a tweet he made in February. At that time, Trump questioned Blumenthal's credibility after the senator repeated remarks made to him by then-Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch. Blumenthal had recounted Gorsuch's criticism of Trump's attacks on judges. 

Couple of things to remember about that moment: Blumenthal said Gorsuch had said he was free to do so and a spokesman for Gorsuch confirmed the remark to reporters.

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President Trump tweeted angrily in response to a CNN report Wednesday morning that pointed to Roger Stone, a controversial longtime ally, as being among those advising Trump to fire James B. Comey as FBI director. 

The Los Angeles Times spoke with Stone on Tuesday night. And, while he would not reveal the contents of his conversations with Trump, he certainly sounded happy. 

CNN, citing a source, said Stone told Trump that Comey should be fired. That would be significant. Not only is Stone known for pushing Trump's hardest political edges, but he is also frequently mentioned as a potential target in the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the election.