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Malcolm Turnbull 'Pulls A Donald Trump' In Sunday Twitter Tirade

The PM is being likened to President Trump.

19/03/2017 11:48 AM AEDT | Updated 19/03/2017 12:53 PM AEDT
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In a series of Tweets on Sunday morning, Turnbull has criticised a story in NewsCorp Australia publications.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has gone on a Twitter rampage against reports his government is considering slashing social security payments, including welfare for aged pensioners, in the May budget.

NewsCorp Australia reports on Sunday that a leaked government document shows secret plans that would see those on welfare stripped of their their concession cards and up to $49.10 a fortnight.

The leaked document also reveals the federal government has considered dumping all welfare payments below $20.02 a fortnight, according to NewsCorp.

The plan, the report claims, would specifically target aged pensioners, some of whom are able to structure their finances so that they receive as little as $1 every fortnight, making them eligible for concession cards.

In a series of tweets on Sunday morning, Turnbull rubbished the story, labelling it false and calling attention to the journalist who wrote it.

Turnbull's Twitter attack on the story is being likened by some online to the behaviour of US President Donald Trump who is known for his ferocious online tirades against media outlets who criticise him.

One Twitter user accused the PM of "pulling a Donald Trump" by taking to the social media platform to complain about a news story.

The Prime Minister's office has been sought for comment on the tweets.

Trump, a prolific tweeter, has at times come under fire for the way he uses the social media app. In one high profile instance in 2016, Trump's account retweeted tweets critiquing a CNN reporter and backing allegations that voter fraud in favour of Hillary Clinton took place during the presidential election.

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