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President Trump issued a plea Saturday for Saudi Arabia to list its massive state-run oil company, Saudi Aramco, on the New York Stock Exchange.

Trump tweeted Saturday morning:

Saudi Arabia is expected to take a small portion of Saudi Aramco, which controls some of the world's largest oil reserves, public sometime in 2018.

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  • On the media
  • His cabinet
  • Insults
  • Politics and polls
  • The Clintons

President Trump issued a flurry of tweets over a five-hour span Friday urging the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee over a joint fundraising agreement they signed in August 2015.

Trump's accusations follow publication by Politico of an excerpt from former acting DNC Chair Donna Brazile's upcoming book. Brazile alleges she found "proof" that the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged in Clinton's favor.

Previous presidents have avoided even seeming to direct the Justice Department on whom to investigate — but not Trump.

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  • On the media
  • The economy
  • Fox News

President Trump tweeted an image of a Fox Business graphic illustrating the Labor Department's October employment report.

The government's latest snapshot of national employment, released Friday, showed that the labor market remains remarkably resilient. Employment snapped back last month with a net addition of a hefty 261,000 jobs, after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma depressed payrolls in September. Workers at restaurants and bars returned to their jobs, and hiring in manufacturing picked up, even as it languished at retailers.

The country's jobless rate fell a notch to a 17-year low of 4.1%.

  • Foreign policy
  • Terrorism

President Trump said Friday that the U.S. military is attacking the Islamic State group "10 times harder" in response to Tuesday's truck attack in New York. 

Officials later said the United States had conducted two airstrikes against Islamic State-affiliated fighters in Somalia.

It was not immediately clear whether the Somalia strikes were carried out as presidentially-directed retaliation for the truck attack that killed eight people.

  • His schedule

President Trump tweeted Friday that he was headed to Hawaii, where he was scheduled to make a one-day stop ahead of a five-country tour of Asia.

Trump’s visit to Hawaii was scheduled to last less than 24 hours. He was to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam on Friday afternoon before meeting with military officials at Pacific Command, touring Pearl Harbor and laying a wreath at the Arizona memorial.

Trump planned to spend the night before taking off for Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, where he was set to attend meetings with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group leaders and the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations.

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  • Insults
  • Courts

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who abandoned his combat outpost in Afghanistan eight years ago and was swiftly captured by the Taliban, was punished Friday with a demotion and a dishonorable discharge. He received no prison time.

Less than an hour and a half after the sentencing, President Trump offered his thoughts on the outcome on Twitter:

Outside the courthouse, Bergdahl's lead attorney, Eugene R. Fidell of Yale Law School, said Bergdahl was "still absorbing" the ruling, yet it was a "tremendous relief" to get no prison time.

President Trump commented Friday morning on the closure of his Twitter account for 11 minutes the day before.

"I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact," Trump tweeted, though it was unclear what "the word" was.

Trump's account was deactivated just before 4 p.m. Pacific time Friday.

  • On the media
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  • James Comey
  • Fox News

After Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized the FBI during the episode of his show that aired Thursday night, President Trump tweeted that the segment "was so sad to watch."

Trump also hit out at James B. Comey in the tweet, though Carlson did not mention the former FBI director by name.

Carlson instead focused the bulk of his criticism on the bureau's handling of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, which took place months after Trump fired Comey.

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Former interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile claims in her new book that, before she took over the DNC in the summer of 2016, leaders within the party showed considerable favoritism toward Hillary Clinton during the primary election.

President Trump responded Thursday evening with a pair of tweets in which he accused the DNC of rigging the process "to illegally steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders," Clinton's challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Without offering evidence, Trump alleged that Clinton and the DNC had violating campaign finance and money laundering laws. He suggested that a criminal investigation should be opened into the matter, writing, "where is our Justice Department?"

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  • Domestic policy
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President Trump praised the rollout of the GOP's tax overhaul plan Thursday evening in a tweet.

Republican lawmakers introduced the more than 400-page bill Thursday. The proposal would lower the corporate tax rate and simplify the personal code.

Special interest groups in Washington are gearing up to influence the final legislation, which the White House hopes to have passed by the end of the year.