Donald Trump rehashes debunked conspiracy theories, attacks Republicans in Monday night tweetstorm

Trump, facing criticism, took to his safe space to vent on health care and some conspiracy theories he's into

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published March 28, 2017 11:32AM (EDT)

 (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

President Donald Trump went on a Monday night tweetstorm that covered two of the most recent controversies plaguing his young presidency — his administration's alleged involvement with Russia during the 2016 presidential election and the bungled attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Trump's claim that there was nefarious Clinton involvement in a deal between Russia's nuclear power agency and a Canadian corporation was rated "mostly false" by PolitiFact when Trump first began making it last year, a point that news outlets like ABC News quickly picked up on. Politico also debunked Trump's claim, writing that "Clinton did not have the power to approve or reject the deal. In fact, nine federal agencies had to sign off on the deal, which was then subject to presidential approval."

Regarding Trump's attempts to deflect attention away from the Russia scandal, CNN argued on Tuesday that "the storm isn't likely to break soon: There will be new Russia-related headlines on Thursday, when an intelligence committee hearing offers senators their first chance to go on the record addressing the widening controversy embroiling Trump and Russia."

Meanwhile, the underlying logic behind Trump's tweet that he believes "Democrats will make a deal with me on healthcare as soon as ObamaCare folds" has been criticized on its own terms. It echoed an earlier comment he made on Friday, namely that "I've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode." As Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times put it on Monday, "Trump’s may have been the most irresponsible remarks uttered by any political leader in the long debate over the Affordable Care Act, because it signaled to insurance companies and to enrollees that the administration would make little or no effort to avoid an avoidable outcome."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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