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  • Terrorism

President Trump touted his signing of legislation that provides for the construction of a memorial to U.S. service members who have fought in the so-called war on terrorism.

The bill authorizes a nonprofit called the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation to oversee the creation of the monument, planned for the National Mall in Washington.

It also exempts the memorial from federal legislation prohibiting the installation of such tributes on the Mall until at least 10 years after a war has ended.

  • His schedule

President Trump returned to his New Jersey golf club Friday evening after huddling with his top national security aides at Camp David for a meeting on military strategy.

The president announced his return by tweeting a slideshow of photos from the meeting, which Vice President Mike Pence cut short a trip to South America to attend.

Afterward, the White House said that Trump was "studying and considering his options" for a new approach to Afghanistan and the broader south Asia region.

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  • Terrorism

President Trump tweeted that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and law enforcement are "on alert" and watching the borders for any sign of trouble.

His comment came the day after 13 people were killed and scores were injured when a van mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona, Spain, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Trump later lashed out at "obstructionist Democrats," claiming that they have impeded efforts to keep the country safe. "Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary!" he tweeted Friday morning.

  • 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.

  • 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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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.

  • On the media
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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.