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Pete King to Trump: ‘Slow down’ on tweets and get the job done

Greg Nash

President Trump should stop making “unforced errors” that dominate headlines and cloud his achievements, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) says.

“I agree with 90 percent of what he’s doing,” King said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis that aired Sunday on AM 970 in New York. “But then maybe slow down on some of the tweets and just focus on getting the job done.”

“The American people agree with what he wants to do,” King continued. “They want stronger anti-terrorism measures; they want to have more secure borders; they want lower taxes; they want to rebuild the infrastructure.”

{mosads}Trump’s young administration has so far been marred by controversy and turmoil. In a sprawling news conference on Thursday, the president sparred with reporters, denounced news media and dismissed questions about his associates’ ties to Russia as “fake news.”

In that same press conference, Trump denied reports of chaos in the White House, and called his administration a “fine-tuned machine.”

In another exchange at the presser, Trump overstated his Electoral College victory and later clashed with a reporter who challenged the statement.

Trump frequently takes to Twitter to voice criticism and float policy initiatives and priorities. In a tweet last month, shortly after he took office, he called for an investigation into widespread voter fraud, despite a lack of evidence that a large number of ballots were cast illegally. No such investigation has yet been launched.

King also discussed congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and calls from the White House and some leading lawmakers to do so swiftly, saying that any plan to undo and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law would have to be gradual.

“What we want to do is make sure we transition for a number of years so those people [insured under the ACA’s Medicaid expansion] won’t be affected, and then they will be able to smoothly transition into a new system,” he said. “If not, we could have passed something overnight.”

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