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Trump continues wild morning on Twitter with clamorous denial of sexual assault claim

President Trump had a very busy Tuesday morning — on Twitter, that is.

All before his 11:15 a.m. ET intelligence briefing, Trump praised Fox & Friends, attacked former President Barack Obama for being soft on Russia, and fought back against an allegation of sexual misconduct. The latter is because on Monday, The Washington Post published a profile on Rachel Crooks, a woman who alleges that Trump kissed her against her wishes 12 years ago when she worked in Trump Tower.

Bloomberg's Tim O'Brien pointed out that Trump's angry tweet is factually inaccurate. Crooks claimed that Trump forced himself on her "in the small waiting area near the elevators" of the Trump Tower office of Bayrock Group, the investment firm where she worked — not in the building's main lobby, like Trump wrote.

The president also asked why he would have behaved as Crooks alleged while in view of "live security cameras," but O'Brien notes that Crooks has asked Trump to release security footage from that day, to no avail. Crooks is one of 19 women who has accused the president of sexual assault or harassment.