The Latest: White House issues list of 78 attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):

8:45 p.m.

The White House has released a list of 78 attacks it describes as "executed or inspired by" the Islamic State group.

The White House says most did not get sufficient attention.

The list includes incidents like a truck massacre in Nice that killed dozens and received widespread attention, as well as less high-profile incidents in which nobody was killed.

The AP could not verify that each of the incidents had connections to the Islamic State group.

President Donald Trump claimed during a speech earlier Monday that the media was deliberately ignoring attacks.

Trump said that, "in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it," adding, "They have their reasons."

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8:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he and his predecessor genuinely like each other despite the vicious 2016 campaign.

Trump tells Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly in an interview taped Friday that, "It's a very strange phenomena," but he and former President Obama really "get along."

He adds: "I don't know if he'll admit this, but he likes me. I like him."

Trump and Obama spent months hurling insults during Trump's campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump wrongly claimed Obama had founded the Islamic State group, while Obama said Trump wasn't qualified to lead the country.

Nonetheless, Trump says that after all that vitriol, the two were able to "hop into the car" and drive down Pennsylvania Avenue together during his inauguration with no ill will.

He says, "Politics is amazing."

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4:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the media is dropping the ball on reporting extremist attacks.

During his speech Monday at U.S. Central Command, Trump pointed to recent extremist attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., Boston and Paris.

He says, "Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland," adding: "It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that."

Asked about Trump's remarks Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "The president's comments were very clear."

Spicer says Trump feels a "protest gets blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn't necessarily get the same coverage."

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2:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump is pressing the need for more stringent screening while his immigration order is on hold by the courts.

Trump says in remarks at the U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force base in Florida that, "We need strong programs" so that "people that love us and want to love our country and will end up loving our country are allowed in" and those who "want to destroy us and destroy our country" are kept out.

He says, "Freedom, security and justice will prevail."

Trump is also warning that the Islamic State group "is on a campaign of genocide, committing atrocities across the world."

He's delivering a message: "To these forces of death and destruction: America and its allies will defeat you."

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2:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump is telling an audience of U.S. military personnel, "we strongly support NATO."

The president praised the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in a speech at U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force base in Florida.

Trump's comments follow his conversation Sunday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. A White House statement said the two "discussed how to encourage all NATO allies to meet their defense spending commitments," as well as the crisis in Ukraine and security challenges facing NATO countries.

Trump agreed during that conversation to attend a NATO leaders' meeting in Brussels in late May.

Trump once dismissed the trans-Atlantic military alliance as "obsolete."

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12:55 p.m.

A senior House Republican says the United States is not the same as Vladimir Putin's Russia, putting him at odds with President Donald Trump.

Trump triggered a bipartisan backlash during an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly broadcast Sunday before the Super Bowl. Trump repeated his desire to improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

O'Reilly called Putin "a killer."

Trump answered, "We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent?"

Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, the House Armed Services Committee chairman, told reporters on Monday that he didn't see the interview. But he says, "If you're asking me 'Are we the same as Putin's Russia?' The answer is no."

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12:25 p.m.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer thinks actress Melissa McCarthy could dial it back a bit if she reprises her impression of him "Saturday Night Live."

McCarthy lampooned Spicer in a sketch that shows him taunting reporters, firing a water gun at one, and using the White House briefing room lectern to ram another.

Spicer tells Fox News that the sketch was "was cute" and "funny," but says he'd "rather us be talking about the issues that the president is so committed to helping Americans on."

As for his advice for McCarthy, Spicer tells the entertainment show "Extra" he thinks she "could dial back" a bit.

He says she, "needs to slow down on the gum chewing; way too many pieces in there."

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9:30 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will seek common ground "wherever possible" with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, despite differences over Trump's entry ban for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Germany has Europe's biggest economy and is a major exporter. In 2015, the U.S. was its biggest trading partner, and there's concern in Berlin over the possibility of a more protectionist approach in Washington.

Merkel told reporters in Munich on Monday: "We will try to find common ground wherever possible." Merkel added: "We will see issue by issue where we can cooperate and where we have different opinions, but it's in Germany's interest to strengthen the common ground there is."

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8 a.m.

President Donald Trump is insisting "I call my own shots" and that any negative polling data is "fake news."

It's unclear what prompted Trump's early morning tweets on Monday.

The New York Times released an unflattering portrait of Trump's nights at the White House, suggesting Trump spends much of his time watching cable news and wasn't fully briefed before signing an executive order elevating Stephen Bannon to the National Security Council.

Trump tweeted early Monday: "I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!"

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3:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is making his first visit to the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command.

Both military commands are headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

Trump is heading to the base Monday on the way to Washington following his first weekend away from the White House. Trump spent the weekend at his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, joined by first lady Melania Trump.

At MacDill, Trump is to be briefed by CENTCOM and SOCOM leaders, join troops for lunch and deliver a speech.

CENTCOM oversaw a recent raid by U.S. special operations forces on an al-Qaida compound in Yemen. A Navy SEAL was killed during the operation.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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