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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

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 ...

Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill was supposed to be on an RV tour of Missouri . So why was her private plane following behind? McCaskill is up for re-election this fall, in a state President Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016.

Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill was supposed to be on an RV tour of Missouri . So why was her private plane following behind? McCaskill is up for re-election this fall, in a state President Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016.

Claire McCaskill wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © Provided by CNBC
  • 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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Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill was supposed to be on an RV tour of Missouri . Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill ( Mo .) is following the jet trail of Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt with her own private plane debacle.

Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill was supposed to be on an RV tour of Missouri . So why was her private plane following behind?

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.

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Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill ( Mo .) is following the jet trail of Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt with her own private plane debacle. McCaskill 's private plane was seen following her purported RV tour through Missouri , conservative paper The Washington Free Beacon reports.

Democratic Sen . Claire McCaskill ( Mo .) is following the jet trail of Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt with her own private plane debacle. McCaskill 's private plane was seen following her purported RV tour through Missouri , conservative outlet The Washington Free Beacon reports.

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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