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Trump tried to shake down reporters to show his letter from Kim Jong-Un: ‘How much’ cash will you give me?

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President Donald Trump’s unique attempts at foreign diplomacy have continued on despite the partial government shutdown closing the U.S. State Department.

One of Trump’s purported priorities for 2019 is North Korea.

On Christmas Eve, Trump claimed to be working and announced a second summit with Kim Jong-un in the new year.

At Trump’s contentions cabinet meeting on Wednesday, he praised a letter he said he’d received from the North Korean leader, The New York Times reported.

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“Those few people that I’ve shown this letter to, they’ve never written letters like that,” Trump claimed. “This is a great letter.”

This was not the first time Trump has celebrated their correspondence. At a campaign rally in September, the commander-in-chief revealed how the letters had affected him.

“He wrote me beautiful letters,” Trump told the crowd. “And they’re great letters.”

“We fell in love,” Trump added.

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Trump even asked reporters what they would give him to see one of the letters.

“Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter,” Trump said.

“How much?” he asked. “How much?”

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Trump Twitter-snarls at ‘Impeachment Day’ protesters as the product of ‘Radical Left Democrats’

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Impeachment Day protesters on Twitter on Sunday morning, downplaying their efforts after seeing a report on Fox News.

Taking to Twitter the president wrote, "Yesterday was the Radical Left Democrats big Impeachment day. They worked so hard to make it something really big and special but had one problem - almost nobody showed up. “The Media admits low turnout for anti-Trump rallies ...saying enough. Democrat voters want to hear the politicians talking about issues. This is a huge distraction and will only help Donald Trump get elected. 'Greatest President since Ronald Reagan' said a counter-protester. LehighValleyLive."

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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The racist roots of American policing

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Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.

There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.

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