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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators he is delaying a vote on the GOP health care bill until after the Fourth of July recess because he does not have the votes to move it to debate, two senior Senate Republican aides told ABC News.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally confirmed the delay, saying, "We're going to continue the discussions within our conference on the differences that we have."

Sen. John Thune, R-Neb., stressed that the goal was to still replace Obamacare.

"While the schedule may have slipped a little bit, we are intent on rescuing Americans from a failed systems that has driven up their cost and made it more difficult for them to find coverage," Thune said.

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told ABC News: "I expect to have the support and get it done ... and yes, we will vote this week."

At least five Republican senators said they had opposed the procedural vote on the GOP health care plan, effectively blocking the bill from reaching the Senate floor.

In order to pass the health care bill through the Senate, Republicans can afford only two defections; in case of a tie, they have the option of calling in Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote.

Before the delay was announced, Republicans senators were invited to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

"The president invited us to come down," McConnell said at a news conference this afternoon. "The White House has been very much involved in these discussions. They're very anxious to help, and we appreciate the invitation, and I hope all of our members will head down."


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Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A political action committee for President Trump has pulled an attack advertisement against a member of the president's own party, Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, over his opposition to the Senate health care bill.

America First Policies PAC released the ad Tuesday, making it the first pro-Trump organization to publicly attack a Republican officeholder.

The advertisement asked viewers to call Sen. Heller and tell him to “keep his promise” and “vote yes to repeal and replace Obamacare.” The ad also says that a down vote by the senator would pose an obstacle to his own party and the Trump administration who it says finally have a “real chance to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Erin Montgomery, the communications director at America First Policies, said in a statement Tuesday night the PAC was "pleased" that Heller "has decided to come back to the table to negotiate with his colleagues on the Senate bill."

"We have pulled the ads we released earlier today in Nevada, and we remain hopeful that Senator Heller and his colleagues can agree on what the American people already know: that repealing and replacing Obamacare must happen for America to move forward and be great again," the statement said.

The ad was released four days after Heller on Friday announced he could not support the Senate health care bill in its current form, which he said “takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans.”

America First Policies was formed days following President Trump’s inauguration with the intention of supporting his agenda. It had planned was to release the advertisement on television and radio in Nevada in advance of the Senate vote on the health care bill that was expected this week and to conduct additional ad campaigns in 18 other states in support of the legislation.

The Senate vote was postponed Tuesday amid a lack of sufficient support for the bill.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Trump, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on July 24 in a closed-door session, ABC News has learned.

Stone's scheduled appearance before the committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the U.S. election in 2016 and possible ties to Trump associates, was first reported by Politico.

"Roger Stone has been maligned by innuendo and misinformation regarding all of the events surrounding this investigation," an attorney for Stone said in a statement. "Roger looks forward to using his time in front of the committee to set the record straight and providing a timeline based only on fact that will clearly establish that those on the committee who have misrepresented the facts regarding his involvement, did so based on false information and incorrect assumptions. I know my client looks forward to his testimony."

Stone has strongly denied any notion that he or others in the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russia in its interference in the election.

“I have had no contacts or collusion with the Russians,” Stone told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” in March. “There is no collusion, none -- at least none that I know about, in Donald Trump's campaign for president.”

Stephanopoulos asked Stone about a tweet he sent on Aug. 21, which read, “Trust me, it will soon be Podesta’s time in the barrel.”

Weeks later, Podesta’s emails were hacked and posted to WikiLeaks. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia was behind the email hacking of Podesta and other Democrats.

“That was your tweet,” Stephanopoulos said to Stone. “And two months later the emails came out.”

“Correct,” Stone said. But, he said his tweet made no mention of Podesta’s emails. Stone insisted he was referring to Podesta’s business dealings.

“I never made any reference to John Podesta’s email. There were a dozen stories about his business dealings published after that [tweet],” Stone said.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman, John Podesta, went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a closed-door hearing with the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the election.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Podesta said he was asked "to come forward to give, to the best of my knowledge, what I knew about [the election interference] and I was happy to cooperate with the committee." He declined to discuss specifics from the session.

Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and counselor to President Barack Obama, was caught up in the cyberattacks that took place at the end of the presidential campaign.

His emails were hacked and posted online last fall by WikiLeaks, revealing the inner workings of Clinton's campaign and political operation. The hack led to weeks of unflattering headlines for the campaign ahead of Election Day.

Asked about the Obama administration's response to the Russian efforts to influence the election, Podesta said the administration was "dealing with unprecedented weaponization of fruits of Russian cyberactivity."

"I think they were trying to make the best judgments they could on behalf of the American people," he said of the Obama team.

U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russia of being behind the hack on Podesta and other hacking during the election.

Podesta's comments come as President Trump has increasingly criticized Obama's response to the Russian efforts to influence the election. After the Washington Post reported on the Obama administration's internal deliberations about how to respond evidence of Russia meddling, Trump said in a Fox News interview that Obama "did nothing" about Russia.

The Obama administration's response to the Russian meddling has come under some criticism. The administration repeatedly warned Russia against interfering in the election and made resources available to protect state election systems ahead of Election Day in 2016.

In December, after the election, Obama issued new sanctions against Russia and ejected alleged Russian operatives from the country.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump suggested that he accepts the Senate health care bill may not come to a vote this week.

"This will be great if we get it done, and if we don't get it done it's just going to be something that we're not going to like, and that's OK, and I understand that very well," he said while with Republican senators at the White House on Tuesday afternoon.

Trump invited the senators to the White House amid problems securing enough support for a procedural vote that would advance the Senate's health care bill.

"We're going to talk and see what we can do," Trump said. "We're getting very close, but for the country we have to have health care, and it can't be Obamacare which is melting down."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that an earlier plan to hold the procedural vote sometime this week will now be delayed until after the Senate's July 4 recess.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court's decision to partially implement the Trump administration's controversial travel ban raises questions about how it will be implemented before the case is formally argued in front of the Supreme Court this fall.

Here is a breakdown of what we know and don't know about the implementation.

What did the Supreme Court say?

The Supreme Court is allowing travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the U.S. if they have a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."

What qualifies as a "bona fide" connection?

That includes foreign nationals with familial connections in the U.S., students who have already been admitted into an American university, workers with existing job offers in the U.S. and lecturers who have accepted invitations to conferences in the U.S.

"It leaves open a number of questions of interpretation and implementation," said Kate Shaw, ABC News' Supreme Court contributor. "I think it might lead to a lot of litigation over the summer about who exactly has enough of a connection to the U.S. to satisfy the Supreme Court's standard."

Who will determine a "bona fide" connection?

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nuaert said at a briefing this afternoon that the State Department is waiting for the Department of Justice to give more details on the “bona fide” connection component.

Once that is determined, State Department officials will share that guidance with consular officers around the world, but the Department of Justice is still working on the definition, Nuaert said.

Visa applications are reviewed and decided by a consular affairs officer in an embassy abroad. It is up to these public servants' discretion to grant or deny an applicant, and that will still be the case under the ruling -- they'll just have to factor in someone's "bona fide" connection now, too.

John Cohen, a former Department of Homeland Security official and current ABC News analyst, said the classification "is not a term of art generally used by those involved in granting visas or other immigration benefits."

The term will have to be clearly defined before it is implemented "or there is a risk of inconsistent or even discriminatory practices at consulates and points of entry," he warned.

"Once defined, the definition will need to be communicated to those US government personnel involved in the process of vetting those applying to travel to the U.S. from those countries in which the ban applies," Cohen said.

When does it go into effect?

The State Department released a statement Monday saying it will implement the executive order in an orderly fashion 72 hours after the stay and after first consulting with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Only after that, it said, will additional details on the implementation be provided.

"We will keep those traveling to the United States and partners in the travel industry informed as we implement the order in a professional, organized, and timely way," the statement said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court said Monday that it is allowing parts of President Trump's travel ban to go into effect and that it will hear arguments in the case in October.

The announcement comes on the last day of the court's term before summer recess.

In allowing parts of Trump's executive order to take effect, the court narrowed the scope of injunctions that lower courts put on the temporary travel ban.

The Supreme Court is allowing implementation of the temporary ban on entry into the U.S. of citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, but with an exception for people who have what the court called "any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."

That includes foreign nationals with familial connections in the U.S., students who have already been admitted into an American university, and workers with existing job offers in the U.S.

For people from the six countries who have "bona fide" connections, the injunctions put in place by the lower courts are upheld. These individuals will not be banned under the executive order from coming into the U.S.

But anyone else from the six listed countries -- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- who do not have such connections to the U.S. will be subject to the temporary travel ban.

“What the Supreme Court did today was to significantly narrow the scope of the injunctions, limiting them to people with a bona fide connection to the U.S. This is an many ways a clever compromise," said Kate Shaw, ABC's Supreme Court contributor. "But it leaves open a number of questions of interpretation and implementation. I think it might lead to a lot of litigation over the summer about who exactly has enough of a connection to the U.S. to satisfy the Supreme Court's standard.”

With Monday's court order, the travel ban is expected to go into effect in 72 hours in accordance with an earlier White House memo saying that such a delay would "ensure an orderly and proper implementation."

After 72 hours, the 90-day ban for foreign nationals from the six countries who lack bona fide connections to the U.S. and the 120-day ban for refugees without such ties will start.

Understanding the court's action

The high court's action on Monday was a per curium order, meaning that no specific author was identified, although three of the more conservative justices -- Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch -- all wrote separately that they supported going further by reversing the lower courts' injunctions in full and letting the ban go completely into effect.

Unlike the lower circuit courts that imposed stays and temporary restraining orders on the executive order, the Supreme Court didn’t look at Trump’s comments and tweets about Muslims. Monday's order appeared focused on balancing the parties’ interests, with its argument that Americans aren’t sufficiently “burdened” if they have no connection to the foreign national seeking entry, and the foreign nationals themselves don’t have a right to come in.

“Denying entry to such a foreign national does not burden any American party by reason of that party’s relationship with the foreign national,” the court order reads. It also says the travel ban would not “impose any legally relevant hardship on the foreign national himself."

The Supreme Court justices also agreed with the 9th Circuit Court's ruling that the government can begin conducting a worldwide review of its procedures for vetting people seeking to come to the U.S. The court said the administration should have enough time to “conclude its internal work and provide adequate notice to foreign governments within the 90-day life" of the ban.

Trump and the ACLU react

Trump appears to see the court order as a big victory.

"Today's unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security," he stated.

"It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective. As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive. My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe. Today's ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation's homeland. I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court’s decision was 9-0," he said in the statement, again saying that there was a voted decision when there was not.

The American Civil Liberties Union, a party in the suit against what it calls a "Muslim ban," viewed the court order differently.

"President Trump’s Muslim ban violates the fundamental constitutional principle that government cannot favor or disfavor any one religion. Courts have repeatedly blocked this indefensible and discriminatory ban. The Supreme Court now has a chance to permanently strike it down," said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI has conducted extensive interviews with one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page as part of the federal investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Page has confirmed to ABC News.

Page confirmed he met with FBI agents in a series of meetings in March to answer questions about whether he had served as an intermediary between the Trump campaign and Russian officials – an allegation he strenuously denied. The interviews were first reported by The Washington Post.

“Our frank and open conversations gave me confidence that there are still logical, honest individuals at the Bureau who respect civil rights and the Constitution, despite the recent devastating impact on our democracy by self-centered politicians at the top of the Clinton-Obama-Comey regime,” Page told ABC News Monday.

The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Then-candidate Donald Trump identified Page as a foreign policy adviser to his campaign, but both Page and Trump aides said later that the role never matured into deeper involvement and the campaign distanced itself from Page over time.

The New York energy consultant, who worked in Russia for several years, became the focus of attention after he delivered a speech at the New Economic School in Moscow in July 2016 advocating for better relations between the U.S. and Russia.

Page’s name also later appeared in the unsubstantiated “dossier” prepared by a former British intelligence agent who had been hired to gather information about possible Trump ties to Russia. The document included the claim that Page made contact with key Russian officials during that visit in July, an assertion he has repeatedly refuted.

In an interview with ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” in April, Page wavered on whether he discussed easing sanctions against Russia with anyone in the Russian government during that trip.

“Something may have come up in a conversation,” Page said. “I have no recollection, and there’s nothing specifically that I would have done that would have given people that impression. … Someone may have brought it up….And if it was, it was not something I was offering or that someone was asking for.” Page told ABC News that in speaking with the FBI he hoped to put to rest the rumors about him.

“During my extensive discussions with the FBI agents … they acknowledged that I’m a loyal American veteran but indicated that their ‘management’ was concerned that I did not believe the conclusions of the fake January 6 intelligence report,” Page said, referring to the declassified report on Russian election meddling released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “I told them that I learned the lessons from the intelligence failures [during the run-up to the Iraq War] which cost this country thousands of service members lives and over a trillion dollars.”

According to Page, the FBI interviews occurred before special counsel Robert Mueller took over the case following Trump’s sudden dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Congressional Budget Office has released its first analysis of the Republican Senate health care bill, again shining a spotlight on the nonpartisan reviewers of congressional legislation.

As the House of Representatives worked its way through its version of a health care law, Democrats frequently pointed to the office's estimates -- or lack thereof, in some cases -- as rationale to vote against or delay movement on the Republicans' plans.

“It is reckless for Republicans to make Congress vote on this mess of a plan before we have those answers from CBO,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued in early March as two House committees reviewed the bill and then voted along party lines to approve it.

The CBO eventually produced analyses of three drafts of the American Health Care Act that each showed a jump in uninsured Americans and increasing premiums for some along with a deficit reduction.

The White House and supporters of the bill criticized the CBO's accuracy after it released its first analysis. In March, White House press secretary Sean Spicer leveled stinging criticism against the CBO, which has analyzed and predicted the financial impact of legislation for more than four decades.

"If you're looking to the CBO for accuracy, you're looking in the wrong place," said Spicer. "They were way, way off last time in every aspect of how they scored and projected Obamacare."

Spicer was right, in part: The office predicted millions more people would enroll in health exchanges than did, but the CBO maintains it was correct on employer-sponsored coverage and an overall surge in coverage.

The CBO has acknowledged the challenge of accurately forecasting the future impact of legislation, but says it strives to provide transparent analysis without party allegiance. The Senate requires the CBO to produce a report before it considers the bill.

Here's a look at what you need to know about the CBO scoring:

History

The CBO was created as a part of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, which set standard practices in Congress for the development of the federal budget and also established budget committees in the House of Representatives and Senate.

The office was explicitly established as a nonpartisan body. The act states, "All personnel of the [CBO] shall be appointed without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of their fitness to perform their duties." Further, the CBO does not make recommendations and should avoid "value judgments."

Processes


As part of its responsibilities, the CBO gathers information from executive and legislative branch departments and agencies -- which are required to provide the office with the data they seek -- to develop estimates of the effects of congressional action. The CBO provides direct assistance to the Budget, Ways and Means, Appropriations and Finance committees, but its reports can be requested by any other committee or member of Congress.

The CBO says its "economists and budget analysts produce dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates for proposed legislation" per year. Some of its regular work includes economic projections, analysis of the president's budget and sequestration reports, as well as cost estimates of every nonappropriations bill approved by a full House or Senate committee.

In addition to objectivity, the office seeks to be as transparent as possible, publishing its methodology with each report. The CBO website explains that each analysis it produces is based on a number of factors, including "federal programs and the tax code," "relevant research literature," "data collected and reported by the government's statistical agencies and by private organizations" and "consultation with numerous outside experts."

Accuracy

Spicer's claims earlier in the year brought increased attention to the CBO's projections during the last health care battle. The office forecast that in 2016, 23 million people would be enrolled in health care exchanges, but that number ultimately came to 12 million.

Former CBO Director Doug Elmendorf told The Associated Press that it was "difficult" to be accurate when predicting the effects of major policy efforts but maintained that the "CBO's projections for the ACA in 2010 were much more accurate than many Republican opponents of the law." He specifically noted that the office was correct in its analyses of employer-sponsored coverage and claim there would be an overall surge in coverage.

The office notes that frequent changes to legislation after its projections make assessments of their accuracy precarious, but as part of its commitment to transparency, it tries "to communicate to the Congress the uncertainty of the agency’s estimates."

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The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump on Monday joined supporters in declaring a “clear victory” after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to allow parts of his travel ban to take effect.

While the ban will apply, effective Thursday, to people from the six predominantly countries listed on Trump’s March revised executive order -- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- who do not have a ”credible claim” of “bona fide connections” to the United States, the high court will also hear arguments on Trump’s travel ban when it reconvenes in October.

Here is a range of the reactions:

In support of the travel ban

President Donald Trump:


Monday's unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security. It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective.

As President, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive.

My number one responsibility as Commander in Chief is to keep the American people safe. Today's ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our Nation's homeland. I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court’s decision was 9-0.


Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway:

@.POTUS Constitutional and statutory authority on this are compelling. https://t.co/JjlftRh7Mu

— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 26, 2017

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.:

Solid SCOTUS victory today for @POTUS Trump and common sense. National Security before PC.

— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) June 26, 2017

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn.:

Great news for @POTUS and the American people! We must put the safety of our families first. #MakeAmericaSafeAgain https://t.co/hfbeeckmlW

— Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack) June 26, 2017

Against the travel ban

Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project Omar Jadwat:

“President Trump’s Muslim ban violates the fundamental constitutional principle that government cannot favor or disfavor any one religion. Courts have repeatedly blocked this indefensible and discriminatory ban. The Supreme Court now has a chance to permanently strike it down.”

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez:


“Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is an unconstitutional and un-American assault on our country’s foundation of religious freedom. As a nation, our diversity is our greatest strength, and we cannot allow such prejudice to shut the doors of progress. Democrats will continue to fight this hatred every step of the way.”

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.:

Muslim travel ban has no merit & offensive to our nation’s core values. Disappointed SCOTUS decision will allow partial ban to take effect

— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) June 26, 2017

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.:

I am disappointed by today’s Supreme Court decision to reinstate a portion of Trump’s #MuslimBan

— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBookerOffice) June 26, 2017

Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.:

I hope the #SupremeCourt sees @realdonaldtrump's travel ban for what it is -- a divisive unconstitutional, un-American act. #NoBanNoWall https://t.co/kCiyXWCixB

— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) June 26, 2017

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Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- “I try to stay out of politics,” Ivanka Trump said Monday morning when asked whether she advises her father, President Trump, on his tweets.

“I don't profess to be a political savant. So I leave the politics to other people and really lean into the issues that I care deeply about,” the first daughter said on Fox and Friends Monday.

Of the president's often-incendiary tweets, Trump said her dad’s “political instincts are phenomenal.”

Trump, 35, works in an unpaid position at the White House. She is known to be one of President Trump’s closest confidants and aides, as is her husband, Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser.

Since becoming an official adviser to her father, Ivanka Trump has taken on an political role. She met last week with senators, for instance, including Republican Marco Rubio of Florida to discuss paid family leave, a cause for which she has advocated since the campaign.

Trump has played a major role in her father's administration, delivering the keynote address at the Republican National Convention, sitting in on meetings with world leaders and traveling as part of the president’s first foreign trip in office.

“I advise my father on a plethora of things," Trump said later in the interview. "So, you know, he trusts me to be very candid with my opinions. I don’t have a hidden agenda."

Previously, Trump ran her own apparel company and worked as executive vice president of real estate development and acquisition at the Trump Organization.

In a statement in March announcing her official role, she said, “I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said Monday morning that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, "colluded or obstructed" in regards to Russian interference in the U.S. election.

"The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win.....and did not want to 'rock the boat.' He didn't 'choke,' he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good," Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

"The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia.....under a magnifying glass, they have zero 'tapes' of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!" he continued.

Trump did not elaborate on his accusations of collusion or obstruction.

Trump may be responding to a recent Washington Post article that said the Obama administration decided last September not to take any formal retaliation against Russia ahead of the election.

"They feared that any action would be seen as political and that Putin, motivated by a seething resentment of Clinton, was prepared to go beyond fake news and email dumps … The assumption that Clinton would win contributed to the lack of urgency," according to the article.

Trump also used Twitter to comment on the state of the Senate health care bill.

"Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats. Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!" he wrote.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump, still mired in persistent allegations that his victory in the 2016 presidential election was aided by his campaign colluding with Russia, took to Twitter on Sunday morning to accuse Hillary Clinton of colluding with the Democratic Party to secure her nomination.

"Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!," Trump tweeted.

 

Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2017

 

Clinton's alleged collusion with her party to defeat the insurgent Sanders campaign in the 2016 primary is an issue that brought division in the Democratic Party's base, and has resulted in a lawsuit that seeks restitution for donations made by supporters to the self-described Democratic Socialist's campaign, citing claims of fraud and deception on the part of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The allegations -- bolstered in part by a trove of emails leaked from the account of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and published by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks -- ultimately played a role in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, resigning as the DNC chair. They also inspired protests that took place at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

The president's tweet follows others he wrote on Friday and Saturday that took aim at the Obama administration, alleging it failed to curtail the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?" Trump wrote.

Clinton and Sanders, meanwhile, have been focused on bolstering the opposition argument against the GOP health care bill, which will be evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office later this week.

Clinton tweeted on Saturday, saying that if the bill is passed, the Republicans are "the death party."

 

Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017

 

Meanwhile, Sanders helped kick off the start of the "Protect Our Care" tour at a rally at the Pittsburgh Convention Center, using the opportunity to blast the Republican health care bill.

"This is a barbaric and immoral piece of legislation," Sanders told the crowd Saturday night.

Trump has backed the proposed health care legislation, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, despite calling a version of the bill that passed in the House “mean.”

So far, five Republicans have come out in opposition to the current version of the bill, creating major obstacles for getting the legislation passed. Trump said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday that objections that exist within his party can be overcome through negotiation.

“I don’t think they’re that far off -- you know, famous last words -- but I think we are going to get there,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time in over two decades, the White House did not host an Iftar or Eid celebration dinner to mark the month of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month when Muslims fast during daylight hours.

Hosting an Eid celebration or an Iftar dinner – the nightly meal when Muslims break their fast during Ramadan -- had been a White House tradition since 1996, when then-first lady Hillary Clinton hosted the first Eid dinner there.

Iftar dinners inviting prominent members of the Muslim community to break their fast at the White House were continued each year during the administrations of both President Bush and President Obama.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also broke with tradition by not hosting an Iftar dinner at the State Department during Ramadan, as has happened for the past two decades.

Last year, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told ABC News' Jonathan Karl in an interview that he would be open to continuing the tradition of hosting an Iftar dinner if he were in the White House.

“It wouldn’t bother me. It wouldn’t bother me,” Trump said last June. “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought to but it wouldn’t bother me.”

The president and first lady issued a statement Saturday afternoon recognizing the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

"On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr," the statement reads. "During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values."

The White House did host a Passover Seder in the month of April, but neither the president nor members of his family who are Jewish attended.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump is "leaving open the possibility" that his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey were taped, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said.

Conway's comments in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday came two days after the president announced on Twitter that he had not personally taped his conversations with Comey.

In a pair of tweets on Thursday, Trump wrote: "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings."

Stephanopoulos asked Conway on This Week if the president has tried to end any uncertainty over the issue by asking the intelligence community if it had recorded any of the conversations between Trump and Comey.

She declined to say.

“I'm not going to comment on his conversations with his intelligence community," Conway said. “He is leaving open the possibility that it could have happened.”

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