GOP senator: Americans more concerned with economy than Trump falsehoods

GOP senator: Americans more concerned with economy than Trump falsehoods
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Republican Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate plots to avoid fall shutdown brawl ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration MORE (Mo.) said Sunday that he believes Americans are more concerned with the economy than falsehoods from President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE.

“I think people are much more concerned about the economy and job preparation,” Blunt told CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that Trump's misstatements did not come up during a visit last week to his home state. 

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"That Trump persona has not changed since the campaign,” Blunt said.

“The way the president communicates, whether he intends to mislead people or just doesn’t have all the facts in his mind at the time,” Blunt added when asked about Trump’s lies potentially undermining American democracy.

“He is very accessible to the press. His team is very accessible to the press.”

The Missouri senator pointed to the GOP tax bill and Trump's foreign policy as accomplishments for the administration and Republican Congress.

The New York Times reported Friday that Trump knew of a payment made by his personal attorney to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels before he said he had no knowledge of the disbursement.

Blunt’s appearance on CNN on Sunday also followed one from counselor to the president Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWhite House interns forced to sign non-disclosure agreements: report George Conway tweets poll asking if Trump or NYT is more credible Sean Spicer joins 'Extra' as 'special DC correspondent' MORE, who rejected the notion that the Trump White House has a credibility problem.

— This report was updated at 10:02 a.m.