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    Trump Today: Escaping his troubles through travel?

    President Donald Trump made a number of questionable claims at a news conference yesterday.
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    President Donald Trump made a number of questionable claims at a news conference yesterday.

    Welcome to Trump Today, a one-stop entry point for the latest news on the 45th president of the United States.

    Afternoon update

    President Donald J. Trump told Russian officials in that odd meeting the day after he had fired FBI director James Comey that “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” the New York Times reported. Trump also said, “I faced great pressure because of Russia.”


    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stood by a memo he wrote that the White House used as a justification for the controversial firing of Comey. But Rosenstein said he didn’t mean for it to be used the way it was.

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    Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher was warned by the FBI in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him. The warning showed that the specter of Russian meddling in Washington, which has arisen again in the Trump-Russia scandal, is nothing new to the FBI.

    President Donald J. Trump’s attorneys initially wanted him to submit his 2016 financial disclosure form without signing it, The Associated Press reports. But they eventually agreed that he will certify the information as true.

    May marks an important milestone for Trump. Eight years on Twitter. Globe critic at-large Michael Andor Brodeur looks at how his tweets evolved from the days he was a spunky upstart billionaire to now that he’s president.

    Trump’s latest tweet came out at mid-morning as he enthused about his “big foreign trip.”


    The man who stood in for Trump when Hillary Clinton practiced for the presidential debates shared a clip of her practicing ways to avoid a Trump bear hug.

    The headlines

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    Trump boarding Air Force One for a recent trip

    Trump will make five stops in the Middle East and Europe on his first international trip. He leaves in his wake a swirling controversy over his campaign’s contacts with Russia — and he could be flying toward more controversy over a variety of issues.

    Foreign leaders are preparing to accommodate the president, readying steak with a side of ketchup, his favorite meal, and planning short presentations with plenty of visual aids. Aides are also building downtime into his jam-packed schedule.

    Trump on Thursday criticized the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether his campaign colluded with Russia to swing him the 2016 election. He said it ‘‘hurts our country terribly’’ and was a “very, very negative thing.”


    At a chaotic White House news conference, Trump also veered back toward his original explanation for the firing of FBI director Comey, who was leading an investigation into Trump-Russia ties.

    Trump suggested he was responding to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. But Rosenstein has now said to both House and Senate members that when he wrote his memo he already knew that Comey would be fired. And Trump himself has said previously that he was going to fire Comey anyway — because of the Trump-Russia investigation.

    Trump made a number of questionable claims at the news conference. Here’s a rundown.

    The New York Times and the Washington Post both offered further intriguing stories about Comey’s concerns about Trump’s interactions with him over the Trump-Russia probe.

    Trump should get an outside lawyer to help him deal with the Trump-Russia probe. That’s the recommendation from some White House aides and Trump associates.

    Massachusetts politicians are watching the whirlwind in Washington with anger, agitation, and impatience, saying the serious work of government is being held up, the Globe’s Josh Miller reports.

    Today’s schedule

    Trump was to meet with budget director Mick Mulvaney in the morning and then begin his international trip, choppering from the South Lawn of the White House to Joint Base Andrews, where he will board Air Force One for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    What’s he been tweeting?

    Trump had posted that one tweet about his “big foreign trip” by Friday midafternoon.

    After a couple of newsmaking tweets Thursday morning, he posted a couple of bland tweets Thursday evening, celebrating the visit of the Colombian president, and proclaiming Police Week, which ends on Saturday.

    More headlines

    Whatever happened to that health care overhaul? Senate Republicans want to get started on the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but the drama in the White House is casting long shadows.

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    Maine Senator Susan Collins

    Maine Republican US Senator Susan Collins has become a pivotal player as the Trump administration grows increasingly embroiled in questions of potentially criminal actions and the GOP struggles to respond, the Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan reports.

    Turkey called for the Trump administration to replace its envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition. It’s the latest sign of increasing tension between Turkey and the United States.

    Trump has decided not to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. That move could have raised tensions because Jerusalem is claimed as a capital by both Israelis and Palestinians.

    Country singer Toby Keith, who performed at Trump’s inauguration, is slated to perform at a men-only concert in the Saudi capital, Riyadh this weekend, while Trump visits that country.

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and 15 other attorneys general are trying to preserve a key part of the Affordable Care Act — the subsidies that help people cover their co-payments and deductibles, the Globe’s Felice J. Freyer reports.


    Here’s video of Trump’s news conference with the Colombian president.