Trump slams FBI, Obamacare in post-Christmas tweets

  • In this Dec. 12, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump has denied he knows or ever met women who have accused him of unwanted sexual advances. That denial is no more plausible than what people heard from defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Trump’s tweet on the subject is at odds with the record _ photos included _ and was just one in a series of questionable statements he made over the past week on a variety of subjects. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Evan Vucci

Washington Post
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

After a quiet Christmas Day, President Trump was back at work – on Twitter.

Trump began his day criticizing the FBI and claiming the now-famous dossier containing allegations about his connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin is a “pile of garbage.” Trump, who is vacationing at his private estate in Mar-a-Lago, appeared to be watching and quoting from the morning cable-news show Fox and Friends while tweeting.

“WOW, @foxandfrlends ‘Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.’ And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!” Trump tweeted.

The Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee helped fund the dossier, which was first published by BuzzFeed in January. Officials have said that some of the information it contains has been corroborated, but other parts – including the most salacious claims about Trump’s behavior – remain unverified.

Trump and congressional Republican leaders are ramping up their criticism of the FBI in an effort to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller III and his investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. On Christmas Eve, Trump attacked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who said he now plans to retire amid increasing criticism from Republicans.

Trump had no public events on his official schedule Tuesday, and he headed out to Trump International Golf Club shortly after sending his morning tweets. He golfed there with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., PGA tour player Bryson DeChambau and former PGA player Dana Quigley.

Earlier Tuesday morning, Trump touted the tax cut bill he signed into law last week before leaving Washington for his holiday vacation. He took a jab at the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, and promised to “develop a great new HealthCare plan” to replace it.

“Based on the fact that the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill, which essentially Repeals (over time) ObamaCare,” Trump tweeted, “the Democrats & Republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new HealthCare plan!”