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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump will use his landmark first address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday to outline his "America First" ideology to a global audience -- underscoring what he’ll argue is the importance of nations’ "sovereignty," while also using the platform to call out a “shared menace” in the destabilizing activities of North Korea and Iran.

A senior administration official familiar with the president’s remarks told reporters in a conference call Monday that the president has spent “so much time” crafting his speech, as he sees it as “an incredible moment and an enormous opportunity” to demonstrate U.S. leadership and values.

The official said the speech will operate as the third in a line of major foreign policy addresses for Trump, including his speech to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia in May and his remarks to the people of Poland in July.

The administration has framed those speeches as moments of triumph for Trump, in which he's been able to effectively transmit the "America First" vision, which electrified his campaign crowds, to foreign audiences wary over years of American interventionism. But the president's speech to NATO allies in May drew alarm from many European allies after he openly scolded nations for failing to pay the alliance's burden-sharing costs, and refused to reaffirm the "collective defense" principle at the core of NATO.

Trump, the official repeatedly emphasized, will use his U.N. speech to appeal to member countries to promote “sovereignty” in the face of “top-down governance.”

That language is reminiscent of the more nationalist inclinations of the president's base supporters, who have accused institutions like the U.N. of encroaching on U.S. values, and even state laws. The idea of preserving national sovereignty was also a driving force behind the president’s announcement that the U.S. would exit the Paris Climate Accord.

The official said the president will call out countries like Iran, North Korea and Venezuela by name, and to expect him to address the “enablement of the North Korean regime.” The official would not say if that would include calling out China directly.

While the president continues deliberating on whether to pull the U.S. out of the Iranian nuclear deal next month, the official said the president directed "strategic thought" in his address toward separating the actions of the Iranian regime with country's people.

The official would not say whether Russia or its incursion into eastern Ukraine would be addressed at all in the speech.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Chinese President Xi Jinping all sat out this year's UNGA summit, though the White House said that Trump spoke with Xi over the phone Monday regarding North Korea's destabilizing activities

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The president on Sunday morning retweeted a fake GIF that shows him hitting a golf ball that slams Hillary Clinton in the back, knocking her down.

The tweet was captioned "Donald Trump's amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary" and was originally posted by a user who lists their name as "CNN SUCKS" and uses the handle @Fuctupmind.

Donald Trump's amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary pic.twitter.com/vKhxxFCBV1

— CNN SUCKS (@Fuctupmind) September 14, 2017

The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment about the GIF retweet.

This is not the first time that the president's sharing of a GIF with his 38.6 million Twitter followers has raised eyebrows.

In July, Trump retweeted a video mockup showing the president body-slamming a person whose head was a CNN logo.

The GIF was apparently created from a real video clip of a 2007 stunt in which the then-real estate mogul body-slammed and repeatedly punch World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Chairman Vince McMahon.

A Reddit user at the time, with the handle Han------Solo, claimed to have posted the original mockup of Trump body-slamming the CNN logo. The Anti-Defamation League published an analysis of that user's Reddit history which found a number of posts that the organization said expressed hate against African-Americans, Muslims and Jews.

The White House said the GIF the president retweeted of him body-slamming the CNN logo didn't come from Reddit but did not disclose where the image had originated.

The president's retweet Sunday of the GIF of him hitting a golf ball at Clinton was one of about eight retweets that he shared over the weekend.

Trump retweeted one user, who lists the name "Trumpism 9.0TM" and the handle @Team_Trump45, four times. Each of those tweets had a photo, including one of a train with a "Make America Great Again" hat and another of a cartoon of Trump appearing to drag industries, such as coal and car manufacturing, and individual companies, such as Carrier, Nabisco and Apple, presumably back to the U.S. from overseas.

It is hard to identify some of the Twitter users whom Trump retweets. The user who tweeted the GIF ofTrump’s golf shot hitting Clinton, for example, has listed as an account name "CNN SUCKS," and as a handle @Fuctupmind. The account’s bio is a series of hashtags like #Trump, #LockHerUp and #IStandWithHannity.

Similarly, the user Trumpism 9.0 uses as a profile image a photo of actor Mark Wahlberg in what looks like a military helmet, and the Twitter bio says only, "Trumpism epitomizes Conservatism, Capitalism, patriotism, & respect for the Constitution. #MAGA," with a link to a cancer treatment fundraising page, though it is unclear how the user may be associated with the fundraising effort.

Another Twitter user whom Trump retweeted twice over the weekend goes by the name "Lana del Fenty," which appears to reference both singers Lana del Ray and Rihanna. The profile picture is of model Kendall Jenner with a dog image filter from Snapchat.

The Twitter users retweeted by Trump have come under scrutiny before he was elected too. In January 2016, candidate Trump retweeted a post about his then-rival for the GOP nomination, Jeb Bush, by a user with the handle "WhiteGenocideTM." That account has since been suspended by Twitter.

Some accounts whose posts Trump has retweeted have posted anti-Semitic tweets in the past. Buzzfeed highlighted tweets in which @Fuctupmind, for example, blasted Hasidic Jews.

Trump does not follow any of the aforementioned Twitter users himself, but one way that he may have spotted the tweets he chose to retweet this past weekend is that the original posts tagged the president's handle. The president would be able to see all tweets that tag his handle in his Twitter notifications.

Trump only directly follows 45 accounts, among them relatives, businesses, members of his administration, Fox News accounts and personalities, and television producer Mark Burnett who helped create "The Apprentice."

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Doug Armand/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, calling for reforms to the decades-old intergovernmental organization that promotes international cooperation.

"The United Nations was founded on truly noble goals," Trump said upon joining U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, the U.N.’s senior leadership and leaders of more than 120 other nations at a forum focused on U.N. reform.

"Yet in recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement," Trump said at the forum titled, “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development.”

Trump said increases in the U.N.'s budget and staffing haven't yielded results.

He commended U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres for, as the U.S. president put it, calling to "focus more on people and less on bureaucracy."

"We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world," Trump said. "In order to achieve this, the United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistleblowers and focus on results rather than on process."

"We must ensure that no one, and no member state, shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden, and that's militarily or financially," he said.

The president also referenced one of his private properties, Trump World Tower, saying he purposely built it adjacent to the U.N. headquarters in New York City.

"I actually saw great potential right across the street to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project," Trump joked.

Ahead of his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the president expressed optimism at the potential to broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. He was also asked about the future of the Iran nuclear deal and whether he intended for the U.S. to remain a party to the agreement.

Trump will make his first full remarks to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- President Trump will make his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Will he bring the world together or sow division? Will he embrace an institution that he has previously called weak and incompetent?

During his March 23016 speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference, then-candidate Trump issued some of his toughest commentary, speaking of the “utter weakness and incompetence of the United Nations.”

“The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It’s not a friend to freedom,” Trump said. “It’s not a friend even to the United States of America, where, as you know, it has its home. And it surely is not a friend to Israel.”

Though a 2016 Global Attitudes Survey by Pew Research Center showed that 64 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the United Nations, Trump’s campaign promises for a protectionist economic policy and an aggressive approach to China come into conflict with the goals of multilateralism and the UN charter. His promotion of interrogation techniques “worse than waterboarding,” his push for a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the U.S. and his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords have also put Trump at odds with UN allies.

Last December, Trump continued his assault on the institution, tweeting: “The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”

Trump, the real estate magnate: “I’m a big fan” of the UN

In 2005, Trump testified before a subcommittee looking at UN spending, calling himself a “big fan of the United Nations and all it stands for.” He told lawmakers the institution was one of the reasons he chose to build Trump World Tower, one of his luxury residential properties, where he did in 1998.

“If the United Nations weren’t there, perhaps I wouldn’t have built it in that location,” said Trump. “So it means quite a bit to me.” When Trump was planning the building, many UN officials, including Secretary General Kofi Annan, expressed disapproval of the massive construction project.

Trump’s renovation hopes


At a 2005 hearing, a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee was looking at renovations at the UN New York headquarters and estimated development costs for similar projects in New York. Trump had met with UN officials to pitch his services, but they were refused. He told members he thought the project could cost $700 million, and he predicted the UN would end up spending upwards of $3 billion.

“You have to deal in New York City construction to see what tough people are all about,” Trump said at the time. “I listen to these people and they’re very naive, I respect them, but they’re very naive in this world. I might be naive in their world. But in this world, they’re naive.”

He also noted at a 2005 hearing that it was a dream of his to move the United Nations headquarters to the World Trade Center.

Seven years later, he shared another UN preoccupation, tweeting on Oct. 3, 2012: “The cheap 12 inch sq. marble tiles behind speaker at UN always bothered me. I will replace with beautiful large marble slabs if they ask me.”

On Tuesday, Trump will address the United Nations General Assembly and the world without his “beautiful large marble slabs” as a backdrop.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- President Trump will this week play host at the United Nations General Assembly, where he'll tackle a series of global challenges as he faces backlash from not just adversaries but allies in an organization he disparaged as a candidate.

Here’s what the Trump administration will be focused on for its first UN General Assembly.

North Korea

North Korea continues to be the most difficult foreign policy challenge facing the White House, and Trump will be conducting diplomacy himself as he tries to win more support for his administration’s efforts to isolate and pressure the provocative regime.

Less than a month after the country’s sixth nuclear test -- and its largest yet, at 250 kilotons -- North Korea has said it intends to produce an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

The latest test prompted a hard-fought and rare unanimous vote in favor of sanctions that included North Korean allies China and Russia. Passed one week ago Monday, they now ban over 90 percent of North Korean exports, limits its oil imports, and bans alternatives like natural gas.

That means time is running out, and as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday, “If our diplomatic efforts fail, though, our military option will be the only one left.”

President Trump appeared to tout the new sanctions in tweet.

I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2017


The U.N.

Candidate Trump bashed the U.N. for its “utter weakness and incompetence.”

“The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It’s not a friend to freedom,” Trump told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference in 2016. “It’s not a friend even to the United States of America, where, as you know, it has its home. And it surely is not a friend to Israel.”

But administration officials say reform of the international forum, not withdrawal from it, is a top priority of his ambassador there. Nikki Haley showed up on her first day promising a “new day,” but explaining that the U.S. wanted “to show value at the U.N.”

Trump will participate in a forum on Monday with the U.N.’s senior leadership and the leaders of more than 120 other nations to discuss “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development.”

Haley told reporters at the White House Friday that the organization "stopped focusing on the commas and the periods" and was "actually acting."

The administration called for severe cuts in funding to the organization -- funding that the U.N. says it cannot do its work without.

“U.S. aid is vital to what we do to support refugees around the world and to find solutions to their situations,” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said standing next to Tillerson Sunday.

The fight against terrorism

The other key priority for the Trump administration will be the fight against terrorism. As the U.S. accelerates ISIS’s fall on the battlefield, it must now confront a global challenge of what comes next in Iraq and Syria as other terror groups and Iran -- which the U.S. calls the leading state sponsor of terrorism -- jockey for position.

Trump’s White House has delegated authorities to U.S. military commanders in the field and given the Pentagon broader powers to make decisions, which he says has bolstered the campaign against ISIS.

Trump will meet with several Middle Eastern allies to discuss that issue in particular, including Jordan’s King Abdullah and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Wednesday and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday.

They say together they will look for ways to support the governments in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop the flow of foreign fighters and their exportation of terror back to their home countries, and resolve the bloody conflict in Syria that has allowed terrorist groups to thrive in the heart of the Middle East.

The last two points are crucial for European allies, too, as the United Kingdom copes with its sixth terrorist attack this year alone.

Meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a strong Trump ally, will be a focal point for the White House. The two leaders will meet Monday, and Iran is expected to be a top priority as Israel grows increasingly concerned and active about Iranian influence in neighboring Syria.

Beyond Iran’s support for Hezbollah and other terror groups, Trump will also face an urgent question about what he plans to do with the Iran nuclear deal. Behind the scenes, his administration will likely measure support for the accord and potential changes or alternatives as it contemplates whether to withdraw.

The signatories of the deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, will meet this week to discuss the deal -- the highest-level meeting yet between the Trump administration and Iran.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said President Donald Trump could decide to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate accord if there is a better agreement that benefits the American people.

ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked McMaster in an interview on This Week Sunday if it was possible that the U.S. may stay in the international climate accord. The Wall Street Journal on Saturday reported that the Trump administration was seeking to avoid withdrawal from the accord.

"If there’s an agreement that benefits the American people, certainly," McMaster told Stephanopoulos.

In June, the president announced that the U.S. would exit the climate agreement, saying, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."

Trump’s national security adviser said the president has been clear he is withdrawing the U.S. from the deal because it does not benefit the U.S., but would be open to re-entering the accord if a there is a better deal.

“What the president has said is that we are withdrawing from the Paris accord. He left the door open to re-entering at some later time if there can be a better deal for the United States,” McMaster said.

“The president’s objection to Paris is not that he’s against the environment or the climate,” McMaster said. “What the president wants is a more effective approach to energy and the climate.”

McMaster was also asked about the president's response to the London Underground terror attack Friday. After the attack, the president tweeted that the United States' travel ban should be "far larger, tougher."

The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017

McMaster said the administration is "looking at" the issue.

He said they're looking at "how to protect the American people better, how to ensure that we know who these people are who are moving." "If you can't screen people effectively to know who's coming into your country, then you shouldn't allow people from that country to travel."

McMaster also addressed North Korea's latest missile test and the United Nations Security Council's approval of new sanctions against the regime. The president on Sept. 12 called the sanctions "not a big deal," apparently questioning their potential effectiveness.

"We all have our doubts about whether or not that's going to be enough," McMaster said of the UN action. "And so we have to prepare all options. We have to make sure all options are under development to ensure that this regime cannot threaten the world with a nuclear weapon," he said.

Trump tweeted Sunday morning that he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last night and asked how "Rocket Man" is doing.

 

I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2017

 

Stephanopoulos asked McMaster if "Rocket Man" refers to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"It appears to be so. That is where the rockets and missiles are coming from, is North Korea," he said.


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ABCNews.com(LOS ANGELES) -- Stephen Colbert didn't hold back Sunday night while addressing politics and President Trump at the 2017 Emmy Awards -- and he also had a surprise guest in former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

The late night host and master of ceremonies at Sunday’s award show immediately fired jokes aimed at Trump and the current administration when he took the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Colbert called Trump the "biggest TV star of the last year," and then turned his monologue to blaming the Emmys for inspiring Trump’s run for the presidency.

"He was nominated [three times] for “Celebrity Apprentice,'" Colbert said, quipping that "If he had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn't have run for president... in some way, this is your fault."

"You guys love morally compromised heroes," he continued, saying that "he never forgave you and he never will.”

Colbert then brought up past times Trump had fumed over his Emmy losses, including during one of 2016’s presidential debates with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Then the host snarked that unlike the presidency, the "Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote" -- alluding to Clinton winning the popular vote, but losing the electoral college to Trump.

Then, a surprise guest entered the stage, fronted by a satire of the White House press secretary's podium. Spicer himself poked fun of his infamous presser following Trump's inauguration, saying, "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys -- period."

Hollywood stars in the audience were stunned -- including Melissa McCarthy, who imitated Spicer on "Saturday Night Live."

 

Spicer resigned from his role in the White House back in July.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A leading House Democrat said he isn't surprised by President Donald Trump's recent willingness to work with Democratic congressional leaders because, he said, Trump has “no ideology.”

“He’s not conservative. He’s not liberal," Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC News Chief News Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday.

"The only consistent theme seems to be he’s pro-Trump," the California congressman said of the president. "He’s for his own personal interest."

Trump earlier this month made a deal with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California to fund the government until mid-December, surprising leaders in his own party.

Then, last week, Trump dined with Schumer and Pelosi to discuss possible ways to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. and issues of border security.

Stephanopoulos asked Schiff if he viewed Trump’s recent outreach to Democrats as genuine considering that Sunday morning the president retweeted a mockup of a GIF showing him hitting a golf ball that knocks down his former election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"I think all of us recognize that outreach for what it is, and that's purely transactional, purely something that will come up from time to time when the president decides it's in his personal interest to work with Democrats," Schiff said. "This is a president, look, who has no ideology."

Sometimes the president's "personal interests" will align with the national interest, the California representative said. And we shouldn't cut off our nose to spite our face where they do align, where it makes sense for the American people. We should take advantage of that transactional opportunity."

Schiff continued, “It is distressing, though, to have a president that, frankly, will tweet and retweet things as juvenile as that. It doesn’t help him in terms of his stature. It doesn’t help in terms of the stature of our whole country.”

He also said the Trump administration should “admit" that former President Obama "did some things right.”

"I don't know why it it's so hard for this administration -- whether it's on climate or on Iran or on our strategy of defeating ISIS -- to acknowledge that the prior administration did some things right," Schiff said. "We can certainly make improvements on what the last administration did, but they did lay some important building blocks."


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(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump on Sunday morning retweeted a mocked-up GIF appearing to show him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball.

Donald Trump's amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary pic.twitter.com/vKhxxFCBV1

— Mike (@Fuctupmind) September 14, 2017

ABC News has reached out to the White House for comment on the tweet.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- The White House has restated plans to leave the Paris climate accord in light of new remarks from a European Union official on Saturday.

Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, the EU's top climate official, told reporters on the sidelines of a Montreal meeting on the climate accord that the U.S. would not re-negotiate the Paris Agreement, but would review "the terms on which they could be engaged."

The White House said Saturday the U.S. position on the climate accord had not changed.

"There has been no change in the United States' position on the Paris agreement," White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement. "As the President has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders took to Twitter with a similar statement.

Our position on the Paris agreement has not changed. @POTUS has been clear, US withdrawing unless we get pro-America terms.

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 16, 2017

When President Donald Trump announced in June that the U.S. would withdraw from the climate deal, he said that officials would "begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or really an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States."

"So we are getting out, but we are starting to negotiate and we'll see if we can make a deal that's fair," he said from the Rose Garden at the time.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Saturday he will campaign for Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama next week, a new show of support in the heated runoff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat.

"I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate," the president tweeted Saturday. "'Big Luther' is a great guy who gets things done!"

I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate. "Big Luther" is a great guy who gets things done!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2017

Trump endorsed the former Alabama attorney general before the GOP Senate primary earlier in August, tweeting at the time that he had "done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama."

Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017

Strange, who has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, came in second behind former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in the primary, with both advancing to the runoff set for Sept. 26. The winner will face Democratic nominee Doug Jones, who served as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

Moore has the endorsements of former rival Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)-- who came in third in the primary-- and of House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows.

Moore was removed from his position as chief justice in November 2003 for refusing federal court orders to take down a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building. After he was re-elected to the position, he was suspended in 2016 for ordering other judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses, ignoring federal court rulings.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May criticized President Donald Trump for speculating about the bombing that took place on a London train on Friday morning.

Earlier Friday, Trump posted several tweets about both the terror attack and the ongoing efforts to thwart terrorism.

"I don't think it's helpful for anyone to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation," May told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview that will air on "This Week" Sunday.

"The police and the security services are doing the work necessary to discover the full circumstances of this cowardly attack that's taken place, and to identify all those who are responsible," she said.

Trump's tweets took an apparent dig at British police, implying that they could have done more to stop the attack, which left at least 29 people injured.

"Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!" he wrote in his first tweet.

Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017



Trump followed minutes later with more tweets that talked about the fight against terrorism and his administration's efforts to do so.

"Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!" he wrote in another tweet six minutes later.

The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017

 "The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!" he wrote.

 

The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017

 

He went on, "We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years. Must be proactive & nasty!"

 

We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years.Must be proactive & nasty!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017

Trump, addressing reporters briefly on camera, called the attack "an absolutely terrible thing."

"I'm going to call the prime minister right now," Trump said. "We have to be tougher and we have to be smarter."

Stephanopoulos asked May if a travel ban is something she would reconsider in light of Friday’s terror attack.

“I think what is important is that we're able to have the powers to look into people, to identify people who may be wanting to cause us harm and are plotting to cause us harm. And to be able to take the necessary action when people do cause us harm,” she said.

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Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration on Friday appeared to rebuff efforts by watchdog groups to find out who visited the president at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida estate, during the months following his inauguration.

In a federal lawsuit filed on April 10, 2017, government watchdog groups asked for the release of the Secret Service’s White House visitor logs covering Inauguration Day through March 8, along with records of presidential visitors to Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The deadline for the government to “produce any non-exempt responsive records” was Friday, according to a court order by federal Judge Katherine Polk Failla.

Although Trump spent 14 days at Mar-a-Lago over four separate visits during the dates covered by this lawsuit, on Friday the administration only released a two-page document that included 22 names of people that visited the private club. All were part of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's entourage, who visited the estate in February.

Explaining their refusal to release all visitor logs, lawyers for the Department of Justice wrote in court papers Friday that “[t]he remaining records that the Secret Service has processed in response to the Mar-a-Lago request contain, reflect, or otherwise relate to the President’s schedules. The government believes that presidential schedule information is not subject to FOIA.”

Noah Bookbinder, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) in Washington, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, released a statement blasting the release.

"After waiting months for a response to our request for comprehensive visitor logs from the president’s multiple visits to Mar-a-Lago and having the government ask for a last minute extension, today we received 22 names from the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to Mar-a-Lago and nothing else," Bookbinder said.

Abe's assistant, van driver, head of protocol and butler were four of the 22 people who were listed alongside their job descriptions.

"The government does not believe that they need to release any further Mar-a-Lago visitor records. We vehemently disagree. The government seriously misrepresented their intentions to both us and the court. This was spitting in the eye of transparency. We will be fighting this in court," Bookbinder said.

The plaintiffs argued that unlike White House visitor logs, which before the Obama administration were traditionally kept secret until after a president left office, records of who visited the president at Mar-a-Lago are “agency records” subject to FOIA, a law requiring transparency. The administration had agreed to release some of these logs.

Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive and a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, wrote in an email to ABC News that the "government misled the plaintiffs and the court."

"I can only conclude that the Trump White House intervened and overrode career lawyers," Blanton wrote.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Remember the days of mowing the lawn as part of your childhood chores? Well, mowing the lawn will probably always hold a special place in one Virginia boy's heart.

Earlier this year, Frank Giaccio wrote a letter to President Trump asking if he could mow the White House lawn. On Friday, his dream came true.

He perfectly trimmed the grass blades in the Rose Garden as the cameras were rolling. Frank talked with ABC News' Jordyn Phelps about his special day.

Here is what we learned about the youngster:

Name: Frank Giaccio
Age: 11
Home state: Virginia
Future Goals: “Becoming a Navy SEAL”
Frank’s going rate: $8 a lawn
Specialties: Power mower, push mower and weed whacker
On his experience mowing the lawn: “It was actually really cool because the president said that very few people get to come inside the Oval Office.”

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Win McNamee / Getty(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump surprised an 11-year-old from Falls Church, Virginia, who had the honor of mowing the Rose Garden lawn today.

The president clapped in approval as he walked toward Frank "FX" Giaccio, who was hard at work cutting the grass. Trump gave Frank a high-five and a pat on the back.

“Future of the country right there, we’re lucky,” Trump said.

Trump then asked Frank what he wants to be when he grows up. Frank's answer: a U.S. Navy SEAL.

“This is Frank, he’s going to be very famous, he’s going to be a Navy SEAL one day, he’s going to do great things for the country,” Trump said, introducing the young boy to reporters. The president then invited Frank, along with his father, into the Oval Office.

Frank is hard at work in the Rose Garden and doing a great job! pic.twitter.com/u4f2DtLvu6

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 15, 2017

Frank, who considers himself a young entrepreneur, told ABC News he's a "huge fan" of Trump and that “both mowing the lawn and meeting the president” were the highlights of his day.

Frank also got to meet Vice President Mike Pence and was shown the White House press briefing room.

It was "actually really cool" to be in the Oval Office, Frank told ABC News, adding that he expected the president's office to be a lot smaller.

It was Frank's idea to write a letter to the White House earlier this year, asking for the honor to mow the White House lawn and "show the nation what young people like me are ready for." His dad helped with the final touches and suggested Frank mow the lawn for free when Frank originally wanted to charge the president his "regular price" of $8, Frank said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders shared Frank's letter at an August press briefing and announced that the president had accepted his offer. On Wednesday, Sanders confirmed Frank would work with the groundskeeping crew to cut the grass on the Rose Garden lawn.

.@SHSanders45: "It is our duty to keep the American dream alive for kids like Frank." pic.twitter.com/kaUMlgHn75

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 2, 2017


Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Frank, who considers himself a young entrepreneur, told ABC News he's a "huge fan" of Trump and that “both mowing the lawn and meeting the president” were the highlights of his day.
Frank also got to meet Vice President Mike Pence and was shown the White House press briefing room.
It was "actually really cool" to be in the Oval Office, Frank told ABC News, adding that he expected the president's office to be a lot smaller.
It was Frank's idea to write a letter to the White House earlier this year, asking for the honor to mow the White House lawn and "show the nation what young people like me are ready for." His dad helped with the final touches and suggested Frank mow the lawn for free when Frank originally wanted to charge the president his "regular price" of $8, Frank said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders shared Frank's letter at an August press briefing and announced that the president had accepted his offer. On Wednesday, Sanders confirmed Frank would work with the groundskeeping crew to cut the grass on the Rose Garden lawn.


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