Trump defends health care bill, ignores Portland attack

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President Trump on Sunday rallied behind his proposed tax cuts and a House GOP-backed health care bill amid scrutiny that he was ignoring the deadly rampages in Oregon and Mississippi.

As Trump ended his first overseas trip over the weekend, an alleged white supremacist killed two men protecting a Muslim girl from his hate-filled tirade Friday on a Portland commuter train. Eight more people were killed in a shooting rampage in rural Jackson, Miss., on Saturday and Sunday, including a police officer.

Instead of addressing the deaths, he continued his Sunday tweet spree by touting the GOP bill for the first time since the House of Representatives narrowly passed the legislation on May 4.

“I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere,” Trump tweeted around 8 p.m., contradicting the proposed policy’s deep cuts to Medicaid. “ObamaCare is dead – the Republicans will do much better!”

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan holds up a copy of the Department of Health and Human Services report on “Individual Market Premium Changes.”

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The bill was the subject of a scathing Congressional Budget Office analysis warned that the policy would cause healthcare costs to increase and jeopardize coverage for at least 23 million Americans by 2026. The bill is pending the Senate’s vote.

A whirlwind of scandals have plagued the Trump’s White House since the Affordable Health Care replacement bill passed its first legislative hurdle. Trump sacked former FBI Director James Comey amid the agency’s Russia probe and made stops in the Middle East, Italy and Belgium. During Trump’s travels, news reports exploded that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was the focus of an collusion probe between the Trump campaign and Russia.

After blasting critical news reports Sunday morning, Trump tweeted into the night by claiming his administration’s proposed tax cuts are “moving along in the process very well.”

“Actually ahead of schedule,” he added.

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather called on Trump to address the Portland attack in an open letter Sunday afternoon.

“Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best. One was a recent college graduate. The other was an army veteran and father of four,” Rather wrote on Facebook. “I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them.”

A sign of thanks rests against a traffic light pole at a memorial outside the transit center in Portland.

A sign of thanks rests against a traffic light pole at a memorial outside the transit center in Portland.

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“They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist.”

Trump penned a third tweet repeating his attacks against journalists Sunday night.

“The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story,” he said.

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