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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting with leaders of the steel industry at the White House March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump announced planned tariffs on imported steel and aluminum during the meeting, with details to be released at a later date. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

USA Today‘s opinion division published possibly the second most notable op-ed to come out of President Donald Trump’s administration. But unlike the scandalous anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times earlier this year, this one is written by the president. Its allegiance to the truth reflects that.

In the op-ed, the president makes egregious claims regarding a Medicare for All proposal that has seen a huge wave of Democratic support over the last few years.

The president says that Democrats are slashing Medicare by 800 billion dollars over the next ten years. The claim is false and, what’s more, Republicans are proposing further cuts to Medicare. The president also parrots false Republican talking points deployed as scare tactics to sow further opposition to the controversial issue of accessible healthcare.

It’s not unusual for Donald Trump to lie. In fact, many Americans have come to expect it. That may be why USA Today is receiving the brunt of the criticism against the op-ed.

Many saw the publication of the op-ed as dangerous in an era that frequently sees journalists and the institution of journalism itself ceaselessly under attack.

Many believe that this op-ed is an attempt to affect the crucial 2018 midterms, now less than a month away.

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