From The Reporter's Notebook
President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied what he called "fake news" reports of "big infighting" in his administration, TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. "We are getting along great,” he tweeted from the official @POTUS account. But after a tumultuous end to the week, Trump reportedly spent the weekend extremely frustrated with his staff for an unfavorable news cycle after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from an investigation into any ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“What matters is that we're the lowering costs of health care and giving people access to affordable health care plans. The government will always win the war on government-run plans, saying, if we mandate everybody buys what we say they have to buy, then the government will always estimate that they’ll buy it.”
- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday called estimates that millions of people could lose health care coverage under an Obamacare replacement a “bogus” metric, and said lowering costs for everyone was more important.
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From a TPM Prime member: "Trump in the office of the President accused a private citizen, Barack Obama, (although still very public person) of an incredibly serious crime. Someone remind me if I am wrong, but I cannot remember that ever happening from any President, recent at least. Name calling yes, but he accused him of a serious crime. The starting point of real and serious allegations should not be by public promulgation from our President. So, I would hope this would get pounded into the ground, these are highly serious allegations, they have proper channels, and Trump did something horrifically wrong going outside those channels. And, I do not want to over react. I mean, how we can continuously react to the countless pieces of nonsense from Trump like this? I really just do not know if there is any appropriate response. Regardless, we, as well as journalists, cannot write him off as a lunatic until the bulk of the country decides that he is indeed."
Related: Trump Hasn't Asked FBI Director About Claims Obama Wiretapped Him
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