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  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls
  • Fox News

President Trump barged into Senate Republicans' delicate healthcare negotiations Friday, declaring that if lawmakers can't reach a deal, they should simply repeal "Obamacare" right away and then replace it later on.

His tweet revives an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself considered but dismissed months ago as impractical and politically unwise.

And it's likely to further complicate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's task as he struggles to bridge the divide between GOP moderates and conservatives as senators leave Washington for the July 4 break without having voted on a healthcare bill as planned.

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  • On the media
  • Insults

“Donald Trump is not well,” declared the headline of a Washington Post op-ed column by MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, which they used as talking points during a lengthy segment on their show, “Morning Joe.”

In the column and on the program, they said the White House used the threat of a National Enquirer story about their romantic relationship as leverage in an unsuccessful effort to extract an apology for on-air criticism of the president.

Trump fired back Friday on Twitter, insisting that it was Scarborough who had sought him out in an effort to have the Enquirer story spiked.

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  • Domestic policy

Twenty federal gun agents have been assigned to Chicago to join a newly formed task force aimed at cutting the flow of illegal guns into the city and cracking down on people repeatedly arrested on gun charges.

Hours after the Chicago Police Department sent out a news release about the task force, President Trump claimed credit for sending in the agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Trump said there have been "1714 shootings in Chicago this year," but the number is actually higher, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune. As of Friday morning, the number of people shot in Chicago was at least 1,760, still lower than this time last year, when violence reached levels not seen in two decades.

  • Foreign policy
  • His schedule
  • The economy

President Trump opened his meeting Friday with newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in with tough trade talk, announcing he is renegotiating a 5-year-old trade deal between their two countries that was a joint legacy of Presidents George W. Bush and Obama.

Yet it was unclear from his and administration aides’ remarks how significant a break Trump was making with a free-trade agreement that had broad support when it was approved in Congress.

Trump’s announcement could be seen as a provocation of an ally during a delicate time, when the administration is looking to South Korea to help contain North Korea’s nuclear program.

  • Daily summary
President Trump speaks as First Lady Melania Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in look on before dinner at the White House in Washington on June 29, 2017.
President Trump speaks as First Lady Melania Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in look on before dinner at the White House in Washington on June 29, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His praise of a pending sugar deal with Mexico
  2. An attack on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" talk show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski
  3. A report on Defense Secretary James N. Mattis' comments that Syria appeared to have taken seriously the White House warning against carrying out another chemical weapons attack
  4. The House passage of "Kate's Law," which would put into place tougher penalties for people repeatedly caught in the country illegally
  5. The House passage of the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," which would take away millions of dollars in federal funds for so-called sanctuary cities
  6. A series of initiatives he unveiled to celebrate his administration's self-proclaimed "energy week"
  7. His meeting with South Korea's president
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  • Foreign policy
  • On the media

President Trump shared a link to a Daily Caller report on comments made by Defense Secretary James N. Mattis regarding the White House's surprise warning late Monday that Syria was planning another chemical weapons attack and would pay “a heavy price” if it followed through.

Mattis spoke Wednesday to reporters traveling with him to Brussels. According to the Associated Press, he said it appeared as though Syria's government had taken the warning seriously, as there had been no attack since it was issued.

The four-line statement from the White House press secretary came just after 9:44 p.m. Monday.

  • Foreign policy
  • Accolades
  • The economy

President Trump on Thursday praised a pending sugar deal with Mexico that clears the way for broader talks on rewriting the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The new pact, announced June 6 and likely to be formally signed this week, is intended to prevent Mexico from "dumping" cheap sugar into the U.S. market.

American sugar refiners had complained that Mexico was exporting low-cost refined sugar to the United States and limiting exports of raw sugar that could be refined in the U.S. The agreement increases the price at which raw and refined sugar is sold to Mexican mills and reduces Mexico's refined sugar exports to the United States. In return, the U.S. agreed to suspend duties on Mexican sugar imports.

  • His schedule
  • Domestic policy
  • The economy

The Trump administration said Thursday it is taking steps to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as the president continues to push for U.S. "energy dominance" in the global market.

The Interior Department is rewriting a five-year drilling plan established by the Obama administration, with an eye toward opening areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans that now are off-limits to drilling. It's one of six initiatives that President Trump unveiled Thursday in hopes of generating more energy exports and jobs.

"The golden era of American energy is now underway," Trump said in a Thursday speech at the Energy Department. "And I'll go a step further: The golden era of America is now underway, believe me. And you're all going to be a part of it in creating this exciting new future."

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  • Immigration
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

There would be tougher penalties for people repeatedly caught in the country illegally and millions of dollars less in federal funds for so-called sanctuary cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco under House immigration bills approved Thursday.

Both bills would fulfill President Trump’s campaign promises if they became law, but the Senate has killed similar legislation before and is unlikely to reach the 60-vote requirement to pass the bills.

The House voted 257 to 167, with 24 Democrats crossing party lines, to pass “Kate’s Law,” which would create harsher mandatory minimum prison sentences for people who repeatedly enter the U.S. illegally.

  • Foreign policy
  • His schedule
  • Accolades
  • North Korea

South Korea's new leader dined with President Trump at the White House on Thursday as part of an effort to reassure Washington that he will coordinate closely on dealing with the North Korean threat.

Trump said at the start of a formal dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that they would discuss North Korea and trade over two days of meetings. The South Korean leader has sought to make clear to the United States that he is serious about dealing with his neighbor's threat despite having long advocated engagement with North Korea to address its nuclear weapons development.

"I know you've been discussing with our people some of the complexities of North Korea and trade and other things, and we'll be discussing them all as we progress," Trump told Moon in the State Dining Room. "And it could be very well late into the evening."