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Trump gives sarcastic shoutout to media on 'spying' reports

Trump gives sarcastic shoutout to media on 'spying' reports
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE on Friday gave a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of The New York Times after the newspaper reported that the FBI sent an investigator posing as a research assistant to meet with then-Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFive takeaways on Horowitz's testimony on Capitol Hill DOJ watchdog: Durham said 'preliminary' FBI Trump probe was justified Trump can't cry foul on FISA – unless he's suddenly a civil libertarian MORE in 2016.

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"Finally, Mainstream Media is getting involved - too 'hot' to avoid. Pulitzer Prize anyone?" Trump tweeted, praising the fact that the Times "finally" put the story on the front page.

"This is bigger than WATERGATE, but the reverse!" Trump added.

The tweet appeared to be prompted by a chyron on "Fox & Friends" that read "NYT Details Effort to Spy on Trump 2016 Campaign."

The Times reported Thursday that the undercover investigator met with Papadopoulos at a London bar, where she asked him about whether the campaign was working with Moscow.

The report is likely to fuel Trump's claims that there was "spying" on his 2016 campaign. Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHolder rips into William Barr: 'He is unfit to lead the Justice Department' Five takeaways on Horowitz's testimony on Capitol Hill Budowsky: Would John McCain back impeachment? MORE has said he believes "spying did occur," and that he is looking into whether it was properly predicated.

Trump has been fixated on the fallout from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, seeking to put the spotlight on his adversaries and stonewall efforts to delve further into Mueller's findings.

The president's focus on surveillance of his campaign comes despite tweeting late Thursday that there should be "no more costly & time consuming investigations."

"OK, so after two years of hard work and each party trying their best to make the other party look as bad as possible, it’s time to get back to business," he tweeted, calling on Democrats and Republicans to address infrastructure, immigration and drug prices.

The tweet is at odds with Trump's public comments calling for an investigation into the origins of Mueller's probe.

The Trump campaign issued an official statement responding to the Times report saying "it is high time to investigate the investigators."