8:48 a.m. ET

President Trump on Twitter Sunday denied questioning whether Russia attempted to meddle in the 2016 election:

The president was referring to comments he made in the first general election debate saying interference efforts "could be Russia. But it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay?"

However, Trump also said in November of 2017 he is convinced by Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of election interference. "Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that,'" Trump said of Putin, "and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it."

In other tweets Saturday and Sunday, Trump complained about press coverage of Friday's indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. He also argued it was Moscow's goal "to create discord, disruption, and chaos within the U.S.," and he pushed back on National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's Saturday remark that evidence of Russian meddling "is now incontrovertible."

One Sunday tweet on the subject ended on a plaintive note: "But," Trump asked, "wasn't I a great candidate?" Bonnie Kristian

7:52 a.m. ET

In a pair of tweets posted Saturday night and Sunday morning, President Trump aired three separate grievances with the FBI. First, he targeted the agency's failure to investigate a January tip about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who confessed the school shooting in Florida this past week. In the same tweet, the president went on to blame this grim error on the FBI's involvement in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe:

In a follow-up tweet, Trump turned to the Iran deal, criticizing the FBI for not investigating the Obama administration for one of the terms of the nuclear agreement:

Trump is correct that the Obama White House paid Iran $1.7 billion, though only $400 million is confirmed to have been paid in cash using non-U.S. bills; the rest may have been a bank transfer. The payment settled a decades-old legal dispute about a weapons deal and help secure the release of American prisoners. Bonnie Kristian

February 16, 2018

President Trump vilified Democrats on Friday, skewering the party for "how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated." Trump claimed DREAMers — young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children — have been "totally abandoned" by the party but that "Republicans are still working hard."

On Thursday, two bipartisan immigration bills as well as the GOP bill favored by Trump failed to reach the 60 votes required to be considered. Narrow DREAMer-focused legislation from Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) earned 52 votes, but Trump threatened to veto the measure, as well as the bipartisan Common Sense Coalition's legislation, which would have offered a 10-year path to citizenship for DREAMers.

Trump has insisted he won't support a bill that does not also end so-called "chain migration," the diversity visa lottery, and fund the border wall. Read more about whether this means DACA is dead at The Week. Jeva Lange

February 12, 2018

The White House will release the Trump administration's infrastructure proposal Monday, so naturally President Trump spent his morning "executive time" promoting the plan on Twitter. His chosen strategy: to highlight the merits of this spending in contrast with the trillions spent on the United States' 17 years of war in the Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in the greater Mideast.

The president's point would have had greater persuasive heft had it not been made shortly after he insisted the Pentagon's budget must be increased to $700 billion for this year. That 15.5 percent budget increase is the Defense Department's "biggest year-over-year windfall since the budget soared by 26.6 percent" in 2002, the Chicago Tribune reports, a year in which spending rose to accommodate the very wars Trump's tweet decries. In 2018, Trump intends to spend at least $45 billion on the war in Afghanistan alone. Bonnie Kristian

February 10, 2018

President Trump on Saturday promoted a Friday New York Times report as evidence of the Washington establishment's work to undermine his presidency:

Trump's account was partly accurate. The story he referenced said "a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons." The money was the "first installment of a $1 million payout," and U.S. officials told the Times they were adamant they did not want the Trump-related materials, only the stolen security technology.

After the money was paid, however, the Russian only delivered "unverified and possibly fabricated information involving Mr. Trump and others, including bank records, emails, and purported Russian intelligence data." The American agents canceled the deal, concerned they were being used by Moscow to manipulate Washington.

Read the full Times report here. Bonnie Kristian

February 10, 2018

Apparently responding to this week's resignation of two White House staffers, Rob Porter and David Sorensen, who were accused of domestic abuse by their ex-wives, President Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to philosophize about due process.

The president has a habit of defending men accused by women. On Friday, he told the press Porter "says he's innocent," adding that this is "a tough time" for Porter and that the allegations are "very sad." When former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was accused of sexual misconduct toward girls as young as 14, Trump said you "have to listen to" Moore's denials, noting that the alleged behavior happened many years ago, "so, you know."

Neither Porter nor Sorensen have been charged with a crime in connection to the abuse allegations and therefore are not in a position to demand legal due process. Trump himself is accused of sexual misconduct by at least 19 women. Bonnie Kristian

February 3, 2018

President Trump said on Twitter Saturday morning the controversial memo compiled under Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on the House Intelligence Committee and published without redaction Friday proves his innocence of election meddling collusion with Russia:

Most other analyses have concluded the memo does not contain much of significance.

The president also boasted of more favorable poll numbers following his State of the Union address Tuesday:

Immediately prior to making that tweet, he retweeted two posts from one of his sons, Eric Trump, linking to media reports about the polling bump. Bonnie Kristian

January 28, 2018

Rapper and businessman Shawn Carter, better known as Beyoncé's husband, Jay Z, criticized President Trump in a CNN interview with Van Jones Saturday evening. "Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it's really hurtful because he's looking down on a whole population of people and he's so misinformed because these places have beautiful people," Jay Z said of Trump's alleged "shithole" comment about African and Latin American nations.

He went on to liken Trump to a very large bug that grows when an insect infestation is not properly handled:

On Sunday morning, Trump replied on Twitter, suggesting Jay Z should instead thank him for improving the economy for black Americans:

Trump is correct that African-American unemployment hit a record low in December; what he neglects to mention is that the downward trend began well before he took office.

Also, Jones asked Jay Z about unemployment during the interview. Watch his response below. Bonnie Kristian

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