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Trump had removed the tweet and commented on the debacle the next morning. (May 31, 2017)

President Trump took to Twitter to address the media – again – Tuesday night. This time it was about the “negative press covfefe.”

(Earlier in the day, the president tweeted about the Russia investigation, referencing a New York Times article. He called it “fake news.”)

Although the word was most likely a typo for the word "coverage," tweeters noticed and made up some conclusions and puns of their own.

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President Trump on Tuesday offered an easier path for his legislative agenda.

The key concept here is cloture, and it came up -- consequentially -- in April, when the Senate confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch, Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, over a Democratic filibuster. Republicans changed the rules to overcome the filibuster in that case, but a cloture vote is still required to end a filibuster of legislation. That means 60 senators have to vote to end debate before a vote can occur on the actual bill.

The Times' Lisa Mascaro explained:

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This would seem to be in response to Monday's New York Times report and other news over the holiday weekend about Jared Kushner's meetings with Russian officials and a banker.

Here's an explainer and who's-who on the various investigations into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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President Trump went after Germany on Twitter early Tuesday, calling out the U.S. trade deficit with that country and its military spending.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Trump appear Friday in Italy.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Trump appear Friday in Italy. (Sean Gallup / Getty Images)

The tweet followed German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying over the weekend  after meetings with Trump and other European leaders  that Europe may not be able to rely on its traditional allies.

Let's look at defense spending and NATO first. In 2014, NATO leaders agreed that each member state would hit military spending of 2% of economic output by 2024.

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President Trump at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
President Trump at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His condolences to the families of fallen military troops and participation in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day
  2. North Korea's latest missile test, which he called a show of "great disrespect" toward China
  3. In a tweet sent from his official account, @POTUS, Trump also condemned an incident in Portland, Ore., in which two men were fatally stabbed while confronting a man who was reportedly shouting anti-Muslim slurs at two teenage girls
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The day after North Korea fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile that landed in waters off Japan, President Trump called the move a show of "great disrespect" toward China.

The launch was the ninth such test this year by North Korea, raising alarm about its emerging technical capability.

China is North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, and Trump has indicated the country could play a key role in pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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President Trump on Monday expressed the nation's "boundless" gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice paid by Americans defending the United States, dedicating his first Memorial Day address as commander in chief to a top Cabinet secretary and two other families who lost loved ones.

Participating in the somber annual observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Trump recounted the stories of Green Beret Capt. Andrew D. Byers of Colorado Springs and Christopher D. Horton of the Oklahoma National Guard as Byers' tearful parents and Horton's emotional widow looked on.

Trump also singled out for special mention Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, a retired Marine four-star general whose son, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, was killed in November 2010 after he stepped on a land mine while on patrol in southern Afghanistan.

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Returning from Sigonella, Italy, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One to the White House on Saturday.
Returning from Sigonella, Italy, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One to the White House on Saturday. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His inaugural overseas venture, which he deemed a success
  2. Republicans' win in the special congressional election in Montana
  3. His complaint that the news media "poorly covered" the election after a Republican won
  4. His accusation that leaks from within his administration were in fact “fabricated lies” by news organizations based on sources who don't exist
  5. British Prime Minister Theresa May's anger over intelligence leaks after the deadly Manchester bombing
  6. His suggestion to "add more dollars to healthcare"
  7. The swift progress of his tax reform plan
  8. The media's "disparagement" of his social media use
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President Trump appeared to chafe at reports that his advisors were considering more closely monitoring his social media activity and suggested they were advanced by the news media in a bid to discredit him.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the White House was considering vetting the president's social media posts through a team of lawyers. The idea was to create a system so that tweets "don't go from the president's mind out to the universe," a Trump advisor told the paper.

Since he's taken office, Trump has sent tweets suggesting he might have tapes of conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, scolding North Korea for continuing to advance its nuclear program, accusing former President Obama of wiretapping his phones and criticizing the federal judge who suspended the enforcement of his travel ban.

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President Trump's tax plan has taken a backseat in recent weeks, overshadowed by a string of high-profile developments stemming from the FBI's Russia investigation and Trump's subsequent firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

As the president returned home from his inaugural trip abroad, which also generated many headlines, he tried to bring the focus back to his domestic proposals.

In a tweet, Trump touted his tax reform plan and said it was progressing ahead of schedule.