8:46 a.m. ET

President Trump on Twitter Saturday lashed out against his former attorney, Michael Cohen, for reportedly making recordings of Trump two months before the 2016 election discussing payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to silence her about an alleged affair.

Per Friday reports from The Washington Post and The New York Times, the FBI gained access to the recordings when the agency raided Cohen's office earlier this year. Cohen is under investigation for potential campaign finance violations committed while paying hush money to cover up the president's alleged extramarital liaisons. Bonnie Kristian

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Demonstrating that he has never met a dead horse he did not want to beat, President Trump tweeted Friday evening about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, proposing unpaid suspensions for repeat protesters:

The NFL announced Thursday it would not enforce its policy, implemented earlier this year, of requiring players to stand during the national anthem. The new rule was introduced after uproar — most loudly from Trump himself — over athletes' decision to protest institutional racism and police brutality by kneeling while the song is performed. The policy is now subject to a complaint filed by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and is under confidential review.

NFLPA President Eric Winston responded to Trump on Twitter Friday. "Thanks for your thoughts," he wrote, "but we'll take it from here." Bonnie Kristian

July 19, 2018

President Trump on Thursday blamed "the real enemy of the people, the fake news media" for portraying his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a failure.

He insisted that the meeting, which was met with alarm by Republicans, Democrats, and national security experts, was a "great success," and additionally said that he looked forward to a "second meeting" to move forward on "stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation," and more.

Intelligence officials have condemned Trump's apparent defense of Putin regarding Russia's interference in U.S. election systems. In a second tweet, Trump baselessly claimed that most media ignored his acknowledgement of Russian meddling out of a desire to "see a major confrontation with Russia." He did, however, praise Fox News for showing clips of him discussing Russia's interference, condemning the rest of the media for wanting "no part of that narrative." Summer Meza

July 15, 2018

President Trump claimed on Twitter Sunday he will be subject to criticism by Democrats and the media no matter how positive a result he secures at his Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump also alleged the press has not given adequate attention to North Korea's decision not to conduct new weapons tests for the better part of a year. "[W]hy isn't the Fake News talking about these wonderful facts?" he asked. "Because it is FAKE NEWS!" Alternatively, maybe it is because it is customary to report more on things that do happen than things that don't. Bonnie Kristian

July 1, 2018

Tens of thousands of Americans rallied at more than 700 "Families Belong Together" marches Saturday, braving extreme heat to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies, particularly the recently halted practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border.

President Trump, meanwhile, posted tweets Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning again proposing immediate deportations without due process and falsely claiming immigrants commit more crimes:

Contrary to Trump's assertion, a number of studies have found immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than those born in the United States. “There's no way I can mess with the numbers to get a different conclusion," the Cato Institute's Alex Nowrasteh told The New York Times. Bonnie Kristian

June 30, 2018

President Trump said on Twitter Saturday he has spoken with the king of Saudi Arabia and asked him to increase his country's oil production:

Trump did not clarify in the error-ridden tweet whether he thought King Salman agreed to his statement that prices are too high or to the production request. Saudi Arabia confirmed a call between the two leaders occurred but did not comment on extra production. The U.S. benchmark for crude oil reached $74 per barrel Friday. Bonnie Kristian

June 30, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Saturday slammed proposals to shut down Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):

ICE was created just 15 years ago to ramp up enforcement duties previously handled by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Customs Service. The agency's increasingly aggressive enforcement tactics have drawn broad criticism. "Even the cops don't like us anymore, because they're listening to the news also," one ICE agent recently told the Los Angeles Times. "'Oh you guys are just separating families.'"

The New York Times reported Thursday that 19 ICE agents sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking her to dissolve their agency. Recommendations for what to do after abolishing ICE vary. Bonnie Kristian

June 24, 2018

President Trump on Twitter Sunday proposed that immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally be immediately deported without due process:

The tweet's proposal is similar to comments Trump made Tuesday. "I don't want judges," he said. "I want border security. I don't want to try people. I don't want people coming in. Do you know, if a person comes in and puts one foot on our ground, it's essentially, 'Welcome to America, welcome to our country.' You never get them out, because they take their name, they bring the name down, they file it, then they let the person go. They say, 'Show back up to court in one year from now.'"

Sometimes, the president is very fond of due process. In February, he plaintively asked on Twitter whether there is "no such thing any longer as Due Process," apparently objecting to public critique of men accused of domestic abuse. Bonnie Kristian

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