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Trump takes aim at NBC News after Matt Lauer termination

Within minutes of NBC News announcing that it had terminated longtime host Matt Lauer over allegations of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," President Trump responded to the news on Twitter:

Trump has been inconsistent in his belief of women who have accused powerful men of sexual misconduct. Trump shared his disturbance over allegations against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), for example, but has seemingly backed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is accused of sexually assaulting and harassing teenage girls.

Trump faces sexual harassment allegations himself, and was famously caught on an Access Hollywood video making vulgar comments about women and bragging about groping and kissing them without consent. Recently, Trump has been reported as attempting to sow disbelief about the authenticity of that tape, despite having admitted to making the comments in a 2016 apology video. As some people have pointed out, NBC News owns Access Hollywood.