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This column provides a daily update on key presidential actions as well as comments, whether spoken aloud or on Twitter, by President Trump. Like the stock market, the deadline for Trump Today action is 4 p.m. Eastern time, even as we acknowledge that substantive news can and does occur after hours.

President Donald Trump went after his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Twitter, met the president of Egypt at the White House and had his press secretary announce he will donate his first-quarter salary to the National Park Service.

‘DID HILLARY KNOW?’

• Trump kicked off the week with tweets about Hillary Clinton, asking if she ever apologized for her campaign getting debate questions in advance and if she knew about the brother of her campaign manager being involved with an effort to get sanctions on Russia lifted. Trump himself is facing mounting pressure over potential links between his campaign and Russian officials.

Also read: Trump ripped for dipping back into controversy over Democratic ‘debate answers.’


         Trump Today: President gives his first-quarter salary to National Park Service

AL SISI

• Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi got a warm reception from Trump at the White House. That’s a turnaround from the prior administration: former President Barack Obama never invited the general-turned-politician for a visit, and at one time suspended some military aid. The Egyptian president rose to power after leading the military’s ouster of then-President Mohammed Morsi.

“We agree on so many things,” Trump said at the top of an Oval Office meeting, according to a White House pool report. “I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President Al Sisi.”

SALARY TO PARK SERVICE

• White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump has donated his first-quarter salary of $78,333 to the National Park Service. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters at the daily White House briefing the money would go to maintaining historic battlefield sites. Trump said during the campaign he would not take a salary as president.

The National Park Service is under the Interior Department — an agency whose budget Trump has pledged to cut by $1.5 billion, or 12%.

Also read: Here is what Trump’s budget would eliminate entirely.

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