President-elect Donald Trump this morning praised the performances of his Cabinet picks in Senate hearings, continued to blast allegations that Russia has damaging information about him, called Democratic rival Hillary Clinton “guilty as hell” and cheered the impending demise of the Affordable Care Act.
Part-time Palm Beach resident Trump, a week away from becoming the nation’s 45th chief executive, weighed in on the matters via Twitter.
Four Trump Cabinet picks — Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, James Mattis for defense, Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development and Mike Pompeo for the CIA — have begun testifying at Senate hearings and at times taken different positions from Trump on issues such as Russia and NATO. Trump says the differences don’t bother him.
“All of my Cabinet nominee are looking good and doing a great job. I want them to be themselves and express their own thoughts, not mine!” Trump tweeted at 5:49 a.m.
As he did at a news conference Wednesday, Trump continued to blast the unverified allegations that Russia has compromising information about him. Those claims were summarized for Trump last week in a two-page report by U.S. intelligence officials that was leaked to the media.
In a series of three tweets, Trump said: “It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued….Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists. Probably…released by ‘Intelligence’ even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!”
Trump also weighed in on the Justice Department’s decision to investigate FBI Director James Comey‘s handling of the investigation of Clinton’s emails. Comey drew fire from Clinton supporters for announcing 11 days before the election that the FBI was looking into the emails again after publicly clearing Clinton in July.
“What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had she should never….have been allowed to run – guilty as hell. They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states – no enthusiasm!” Trump tweeted.
Trump also cheered steps by the GOP-controlled Congress to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
“The ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act will soon be history!” Trump told Twitter followers.