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June 17, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Sunday attacked critics of his recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accusing them of dishonesty and petty partisanship. He specifically targeted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for censure and touted his agreement with Kim to end U.S.-South Korean "war games."

A Washington Post/ABC News poll published Sunday found most Americans are hopeful but skeptical about the summit's results and believe it is too soon to judge whether it is a success for the United States.

In other Sunday morning posts, Trump returned to such familiar themes as his distaste for The Washington Post, the health of the economy, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, which he again dubbed a "phony" "hoax" and a "witch hunt." Bonnie Kristian

June 15, 2018

President Trump called the Justice Department inspector general's report a "total disaster" for former FBI Director James Comey, his "minions," and "the FBI." The report, which looks into the bureau's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016, said Comey's decisions were sometimes "extraordinary and insubordinate" but not ultimately the result of political bias.

"I did a great service to the people in firing him," Trump went on. "Good Instincts." Trump's FBI director, Christopher Wray, also reacted to the report, ABC News reports, emphasizing the importance of noting "what the inspector general did not find." Jeva Lange

June 10, 2018

President Trump tweeted an angry critique of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Saturday evening, pairing the attack with an announcement that the United States would no longer be a signatory to the communique signed by the six other world leaders at the weekend's G7 summit in Canada:

A response from Trudeau's office said his post-summit comments were no different from his statements in meetings with Trump: "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before — both in public, and in private conversations with the president."

The communique pledged participants to oppose protectionism and strive "to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers, and subsidies." Earlier Saturday, Trump said he'd raised the idea of eliminating all tariffs and trade barriers among G7 nations, but that he also would consider cutting off all trade between the U.S. and these close allies if trade policy does not change to his liking. Bonnie Kristian

June 3, 2018

President Trump watched Fox & Friends Saturday morning and tweeted out part of the show's report that, per Justice Department data released earlier this week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling efforts has cost taxpayers about $16.7 million so far.

That's certainly not chump change — but it's also less than Trump himself has spent on his frequent weekend visits to the 'Winter White House," his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

As The Hill notes, analyses from The Washington Post and Politico put the cost of each trip between $1 million and $3 million. At the low end, an estimate of $1 million includes the price of Secret Service protection and travel costs for Air Force One, but excludes additional costs like Coast Guard patrols and transport of presidential limousines.

Trump traveled to Mar-a-Lago 17 times between his inauguration and April of this year, so even using the $1 million figure, his weekend resort trips have been more expensive for taxpayers than the entire investigation. Bonnie Kristian

June 1, 2018

President Trump's seemingly inconsequential tweet about the Labor Department's new jobs report broke with presidential protocol, and some experts say it may have actually violated insider trading laws.

Trump foreshadowed a positive jobs report, tweeting that he was "looking forward" to seeing the numbers a full hour before they were made public. Officials are briefed on the Labor Department's reports before they are released, but they are not supposed to comment publicly on them ahead of time, The New York Times reports.

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said that he told Trump about the report on Thursday night, but denied that Trump's tweet was problematic. "I don't think he gave anything away, incidentally. I think this is all according to routine, law and custom,” Kudlow said on CNBC.

Austan Goolsbee, who was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under former President Obama, disagreed. "If the president just tipped that the numbers are good, he broke the law," Goolsbee tweeted in response to Trump's post. After the jobs report revealed numbers that Trump was surely celebrating, Goolsbee said that Trump had likely broken a rule that "forbids executive branch employees from revealing the info," a rule that is also reflected in Office of Management and Budget documents.

Other economists who have worked for the U.S. agreed with Goolsbee, telling The Washington Post that Trump's tweet was "a no-no" that undermined the data's "independence and credibility." Summer Meza

June 1, 2018
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President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs went into effect Friday, and he responded to news of U.S. allies' anger with the arrangement on Twitter that morning:

The president's central claim — that the United States has a trade deficit to Canada — is wrong. While there is a trade deficit in merchandise goods, the United States has a larger trade surplus on services. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which is part of the executive branch, reports a net $8.4 billion U.S. surplus in trade with Canada in 2017, and other federal agencies have similar calculations.

This is not the first time Trump has propounded this whopper. When he met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in March, he told his northern counterpart he was unhappy about the deficit. Trudeau pushed back, but the president was undeterred, boasting at a fundraiser later that though he "didn't even know," he "just said, 'You're wrong.'" White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was not incorrect because he was only thinking of goods, not services. Bonnie Kristian

June 1, 2018

Full Frontal host Samantha Bee apologized Thursday for calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c--t" while urging the president's daughter and senior adviser to change her father's approach to immigration policy. On Friday morning, however, President Trump said Bee should also lose her show:

While it is certainly understandable that he would be upset over such a crude insult directed at his daughter, Trump's offended sensibilities would likely garner broader sympathy if he did not have such a well-known habit of personal vulgarity. Indeed, the president has been accused of using the same word Bee employed to refer to "at least three women since the 1980s," The Daily Beast reports, "including a journalist, a former acting attorney general, and a woman who has accused Trump of groping her aboard an airplane." Bonnie Kristian

June 1, 2018

The Labor Department released its May jobs report Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., but President Trump tweeted about the then-forthcoming data just over an hour before it went public:

On its face, the vague post seems innocent enough, but market watchers suggested the president could have been trying to prime the stock market — or perhaps certain participants — to respond to an unusually positive report.

The jobs data is typically delivered to the White House the day before publication, so it is possible Trump had already seen the numbers before making his post.

When the report did publish, it showed an increase of 223,000 non-farm jobs in May, above the average gain of 191,000 monthly over the last 12 months and the 188,000 new jobs economists predicted for May. Bonnie Kristian

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