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As NewsBusters reported yesterday, ABC was in full panic mode after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that President Trump was seeking to revoke security clearances of top former Obama officials.
Instead of noting that distinction, however, ABC instead decided to call the handful of former Obama officials “some of Trump’s fiercest critics on his approach to Russia.”
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“Critics call it a modern day enemies list,” Good Morning America’s chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran gushed to open his report. Moran suggested that Trump was using the presidency as a bully pulpit, warning he was “using his authority as president” to “target some of his fiercest critics.” ABC then replayed footage of the press conference yesterday where the announcement was made, highlighting Moran’s grandstanding exchange between himself and Sanders.
MORAN TO SANDERS: The President is threatening to punish Brennan and Comey and Clapper for saying things about him that he doesn't like. Is that presidential?
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SARAH SANDERS: They've politicized and in some cases actually monetized their public service and their security clearances and making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia against the president is extremely inappropriate.
ABC also highlighted a silly question one reporter asked Sanders, if former President Obama and former Vice President Biden were next on the list of people who would lose their security privileges.
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Moran concluded his report bemoaning the mud slinging happening between Trump and his critics as a “sign” of the “bad times” in Washington:
Supporters of President Trump had long been furious at Comey and Brennan and others and they point out it's a stark departure from American tradition for former intelligence and national security officials to be down in the partisan mud trashing the next president. You combine that with the president's retaliatory threat and, George, it's just a sign of the times...
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