President Trump said nothing on the subject Monday as four out of at least a dozen women who've accused him of sexual misconduct reiterated their allegations and called on Congress to investigate their claims. That changed Tuesday, and followed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's call on the president to resign, Time reports. Before Trump weighed in, the AP notes reporters at Monday's White House press briefing got into a "heated exchange" with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders over the allegations, with Sanders dismissing what's been said about her boss. "The American people knew [about these accusations] and voted for the president," Sanders said, adding she'd provide a list of eyewitnesses who could dispute the women's accounts (no list has yet emerged).
And then began tweets on the matter Tuesday morning, starting with Trump:
- "Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia - so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!," he posted.
- In a followup tweet, he called Gillibrand a "lightweight" and "total flunky for Chuck Schumer." He added that Gillibrand would come "to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), [and] is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!"
- Finally, a response by Gillibrand: "You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office."
The AP reports by way of two sources that Trump is also "infuriated" with Nikki Haley, his UN ambassador, for saying the women "should be heard."
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