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  • His schedule

President Trump huddled with his top national security aides in the seclusion of Camp David on Friday, trying to formulate a winning Afghanistan strategy after 16 frustrating years of war.

Trump met at the presidential retreat with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, top intelligence agency officials and other top military and diplomatic aides.

The officials and Trump weighed options for breaking a prolonged stalemate in the fight against a Taliban insurgency. There was no immediate word from the White House on whether Trump settled on a single course of action or asked for more deliberations. Afterward, the president returned to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

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  • Domestic policy

President Trump announced plans Friday to elevate the Pentagon's Cyber Command to the status of a unified combatant command next year, part of a strategic shift to emphasize cyber offense for future combat and counterterrorism operations.

The move will place cyber operations on the same level as the Pentagon’s nine other combatant commands, which are all led by four-star generals or admirals.

It represents a historic expansion of America's war-fighting strategy and power projection. No other nation has publicly acknowledged using cyber for operations, although U.S. officials say it is part of the military doctrine for Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

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  • His schedule
  • The economy

President Trump assured the public that he planned to work during the remainder of his time at his New Jersey golf club.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he would take meetings in Bedminster, N.J. He returned there Wednesday to resume his 17-day "working vacation" after brief visits to Washington and New York.

Trump planned to meet separately Thursday at his golf club with Linda McMahon, the administrator of the Small Business Administration, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a longtime Trump supporter. 

Hours after a van plowed through a crowd in Barcelona, Spain, and left at least 12 people dead, President Trump tweeted condemnation of the attack and quickly followed with a statement about U.S. Army Gen. John Joseph Pershing that historians describe as urban legend.

The full claim, which Trump repeated several times during his 2016 presidential campaign, is that in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, Pershing had his men dip 50 bullets in pig blood and use them to kill 49 Muslim prisoners. The survivor was told to relay the experience to others.

The story claims that terrorism decreased for decades.

  • Foreign policy
  • Terrorism

A van plowed into crowds of pedestrians in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district on Thursday, leaving bloodied people sprawled on the sidewalk and sending others fleeing an attack claimed by the militant group Islamic State.

At least 12 people were killed and 80 injured, the president of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, said.

President Trump immediately denounced the attack.

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  • On the media
  • Insults
  • Politics and polls

President Trump attacked two Republican lawmakers, Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona, in tweets Thursday morning, deepening his feud with members of his party.

Both men got the sort of unkind brands Trump favors: "Flake Jeff Flake" and "Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham."

Strikingly, the president offered a semi-endorsement of Kelli Ward, a former Arizona state senator who plans to challenge Flake in a primary next year – a stand that would put him at odds not only with Flake, but with the state's senior senator, John McCain, whom Trump jabbed, not for the first time, earlier this week.

Showing his characteristic refusal to back down in the face of criticism, President Trump deepened his defense of Confederate war memorials Thursday, sending out a series of messages on Twitter that adopted the language and arguments of white nationalists who have opposed their removal.

  • On the media
  • Insults

President Trump renewed his attack on e-commerce giant Amazon, saying Wednesday that the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers."

The president has been a frequent critic of the company and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post.

Many traditional retailers are closing stores and blaming Amazon for a shift to buying goods online. But the company has been hiring thousands of warehouse workers on the spot at job fairs across the country. Amazon has announced a goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year.

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  • His schedule
  • Domestic policy

President Trump returned to his New Jersey golf club Wednesday after two nights at his home at New York's Trump Tower.

At his golf club, Trump signed into law an updated veterans' education bill that marks the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade.

Journalists were not permitted to watch Trump sign the bill, as the White House has done for earlier veterans' legislation he has turned into law. 

  • Foreign policy
  • North Korea

The latest nuclear crisis with North Korea appeared to ease Tuesday as Pyongyang and Washington sought to lower tension before their increasingly heated threats could spiral into war.

President Trump hailed the de-escalation Wednesday in a tweet.

The question is what happens next in the world’s most dangerous hot spot.