President Donald Trump on Wednesday lambasted Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) as "so phony" after she acknowledged using a private plane for component of a freshly released campaign RV tour, a fresh sign the GOP will seize to the episode rolling around in its bid to unseat McCaskill in November.
Trump tweeted that McCaskill "flew around from a luxurious private jet during her RV tour on the state. RV’s usually are not for her. Everyone is really upset, so phony!"
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McCaskill confirmed on Tuesday she used her private aircraft during two of the 3 days of a campaign RV tour last month, delighting Republicans who see the misstep as the display of inauthenticity that can boost their nominee, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.
"I added some stops with the aid of the plane, nonetheless was within the RV so much the broken drawer drove me crazy," McCaskill said following your Washington Free Beacon first reported that her aircraft had followed some of the route of her campaign RV.
After Trump’s Twitter attack, McCaskill gave no ground while reiterating her previous vow – made after selling another family plane in 2011 amid a controversy over unpaid taxes – never to use her office budget on private aircraft.
"Paying without any help dime to visit more Missouri veterans just isn’t something I’m going to apologize for," she said in the statement released by her campaign.
Hawley joined other GOP in pouncing to the episode, telling POLITICO in an interview that McCaskill "loathe to generally be driven on the luxury RV for a few days just before luxury plane."
Trump put in his Tuesday tweet that Hawley "should win big, possesses my full endorsement." The Missouri race is poised to be probably the most hard-fought contests inside the midterms.
McCaskill’s private plane, reported for my child most up to date annual Senate financial disclosure form as worth in excess of $1 million, don’t even have a jet engine. Trump’s own private jet, dubbed "Trump Force One" during his presidential campaign, is only one part of an affordable fleet that features another plane and two helicopters.
The Secret Service paid the Trump campaign in excess of $1.6 million to reimburse the fee for agents’ flights on his private aircraft in the 2016 election, travel repayments that effectively benefited Trump himself.