Donald Trump wants to crackdown on whistleblowers
Describing the Affordable Care Act as a "disaster", President Trump went onto proclaim that his administration had inherited "a mess".
The care act, introduced by President Obama, was designed to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance and to reduce the growth in U.S. health care spending.
In the past days, Trump has also declared war on whistleblowers in a string of strongly-worded tweets attacking leaks from US intelligence agencies over Russia’s involvement in the US election.
Taking to Twitter, the Republican president vowed to punish anyone caught leaking classified information, adding that they will “pay a big price”.
The President’s comments came as he called an impromptu news conference to announce Alexander Acosta as his new US Labour secretary nominee after his initial choice Andy Puzder dropped out last night.
US intelligence agencies have repeatedly accused Vladimir Putin of launching an “influence campaign” in an attempt to damage Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s defence secretary Jim Mattis went on to add that the US is “not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level [with Russia].
Pentagon chief Mattis is now the highest ranking official to accuse Russia of interferring in the US election.
The President called an impromptu press conference
Russia retaliated to the accusations by ordering state media to scale back its coverage of Trump, indicating that the relationship between Washington and the Kremlin was not as friendly as initially thought.
Trump’s most recent outburst follows the firing of his national security advisor Michael Flynn, who made ‘misleading’ statements about conversations with the Russian Ambassador, and the Russian influence scandal.
On Wednesday, Trump used a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rally against “fake media”, and implied reports about White House advisors’ ties to Russia were nothing more than an attempt by US intelligence agencies to “cover up for the terrible loss” faced by Hillary Clinton in the November elections.
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He told the gathered media: “I think it’s very, very unfair what’s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated, and the documents and papers that were illegally, I stress that, illegally leaked. Very, very unfair,” insisting that Flynn was a “wonderful man”.
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