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Politics Trump calls Democratic Sen. McCaskill 'phony' for using plane during RV tour of Missouri

01:25  14 june  2018
01:25  14 june  2018 Source:   cnbc.com

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President Donald Trump slammed Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill on Wednesday over her admission that she used a private plane during part of her RV tour of Missouri last month.

President Donald Trump hits Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill for using a plane on part of an RV tour of Missouri . He endorses McCaskill 's opponent in her critical re-election bid, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. McCaskill has called the story "election-year silliness."

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  • President Donald Trump hits Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill for using a plane on part of an RV tour of Missouri.
  • He endorses McCaskill's opponent in her critical re-election bid, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.
  • McCaskill has called the story "election-year silliness."

President Donald Trump slammed Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill on Wednesday over her admission that she used a private plane during part of her RV tour of Missouri last month.

In a tweet, the president called McCaskill "phony" and claimed "people are really upset" about her use of the plane. Trump also endorsed McCaskill's expected opponent in her November bid for re-election, state Attorney General Josh Hawley.

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President Donald Trump hits Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill for using a plane on part of an RV tour of Missouri . He endorses McCaskill 's opponent in her critical re-election bid, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. McCaskill has called the story "election-year silliness."

Trump calls Democratic Sen . McCaskill ' phony ' for using plane during RV tour of Missouri . Claire McCaskill on Wednesday over her admission that she used a private plane during part of her RV Trump 's jab adds to the political blowback the senator is facing for the story during a critical

Trump's jab adds to the political blowback the senator is facing for the story during a critical re-election campaign. McCaskill's seat is one of the top Republican targets in this year's midterms. She faces re-election in a state Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016.

The election is among a handful that will help to determine whether Republicans can defend or expand their 51 to 49 seat Senate majority in November.

McCaskill's campaign did not immediately respond to a request to comment on Trump's tweet.

McCaskill admits to using private plane for part of RV tour

  McCaskill admits to using private plane for part of RV tour Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is facing a tough reelection bid in her home state, admitted she used a private plane during parts of her RV tour of Missouri on Tuesday. "The plane picked me up at the end of one day after I spent all day on the RV and it took me to my overnight location," she told CNN. "And the next day we used the plane to add a stop. But I was on the RV totally -- two of the three days I was out." She defended her decision to use the plane, arguing she wasn't keeping it a secret. She continued: "Anybody could have followed me ...

McCaskill ' phony ' for using plane during RV tour of Missouri : Democrats Flip A Missouri Seat, The 42nd State House Pick-Up Since Trump ’s President Donald Trump hits Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill for using a plane on part of an RV tour of Missouri . He endorses McCaskill 's opponent

Trump also endorsed McCaskill 's expected opponent in her November bid for re-election, Josh Hawley.

On Tuesday, McCaskill confirmed that she used a plane for part of the three-day tour. She said she "spent two-plus days on the RV," calling the plane narrative "election-year silliness," according to Politico.

Republicans have latched on to her use of a private plane. Hawley called McCaskill "out of touch." Senate Republicans' campaign arm also has highlighted the story repeatedly since Tuesday.

Polling in the race between McCaskill and Hawley so far has found a slight edge for the incumbent senator, according to a RealClearPolitics average.

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