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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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  • Insults
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  • Politics and polls
  • 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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  • On the media
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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.

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A journalist looks at a copy of President Trump's termination letter to FBI Director James B. Comey in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Tuesday.
A journalist looks at a copy of President Trump's termination letter to FBI Director James B. Comey in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Tuesday. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His celebration of National Teacher Day
  2. A news report on a rise in manufacturing job openings
  3. Sen. Charles E. Schumer's reaction to his firing of FBI Director James B. Comey
  • Insults
  • Russia
  • Politics and polls
  • James Comey

Hours after he suddenly fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump took aim at Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Schumer said during a news conference that he'd told Trump he was making a "very big mistake."

"Were these investigations getting too close to home for the president?" Schumer asked. "They fired Director Comey, the very man leading the investigation.... This does not seem to be a coincidence."

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President Trump shared a link to a Washington Examiner report on a rise in job openings and hiring in the manufacturing sector.

The goods-producing sector received a boost in recent months as rising oil prices helped reverse a long slump in mining and resource extraction. That industry increased its payrolls by 10,000 last month, roughly the same as in March. It was the sixth straight month of gains after two years of job losses for the sector.

But manufacturing job growth slowed in April. The sector added 6,000 jobs, down from 13,000 in March.

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President Trump marked National Teacher Day by sharing a photo of the 2017 state Teachers of the Year, who visited the White House on April 26.

National Teacher Day has been observed during the first full week of May each year since 1985, according to the National Education Association.

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Former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and former acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee.
Former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and former acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. (Eric Thayer / Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His congratulations to professional golfer John Daly
  2. His welcome to Georgia’s prime minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili
  3. The security clearance of his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn
  4. A call for senators holding a hearing on Russian election interference to ask former acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates about the leak of information about Flynn
  5. His assertion that nothing new was revealed by Yates, or by former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, during their testimonies at the Senate hearing (an observation that was also enshrined in the header across the top of his Twitter page)
  6. His dismissal of allegations of collusion between members of his campaign team and Russians
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After a Senate hearing on Russia's influence in the 2016 election, President Trump fired off a series of tweets blasting as a "hoax" any allegations of collusion between members of his campaign and Russians and dismissing investigations into those possible ties as a "taxpayer funded charade."

Trump claimed that those who testified at the hearing – former acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper – provided no new information.

In her testimony, Yates gave her first public account of her role in the ouster of former national security advisor Michael Flynn, recounting how she warned White House lawyers in January that he “could be blackmailed” by Moscow, may have violated criminal statutes and had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his dealings with Russian officials.

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President Trump welcomed to the White House Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who was scheduled to speak with Vice President Mike Pence Monday morning in a closed-door meeting.

According to a readout of the meeting released by the White House, Pence "emphasized the importance of Georgia's significant contributions to global security" and "reaffirmed U.S. support for Georgia's decision to pursue integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions, including NATO."

He also reiterated the Trump administration's commitment to Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the readout stated.