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Donald Trump couldn't let Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech go unanswered

President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to change Washington are to face their first major public tests this week. At least half a dozen of his Cabinet nominees will be challenged by senators from both parties during scheduled confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill. And the president-elect himself is set to face direct questioning from multiple reporters for the first time at a scheduled news conference.

But the Republican’s focus Monday morning appeared to be devoted to a counter-assault against Hollywood. He decried Meryl Streep as a disgruntled “Hillary lover” both on Twitter and in an interview with the New York Times after the actress used a Golden Globes speech Sunday to condemn his campaign-trail comments about a reporter with a congenital condition.

“I was never mocking anyone,” Trump told the Times. “I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story . … People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing.”

At a campaign rally in 2015, Trump spoke disparagingly about the reporter, Serge Kovaleski, while waving his arms , widening his eyes and adopting a mocking tone.

“Poor guy, you ought to see this guy,” Trump said of Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, which affects his joint movements. The moment became the subject of attack ads by Hillary Clinton supporters.

Streep, winner of multiple Academy Awards and recipient Sunday of the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., never mentioned Trump by name in her remarks.

She did appear at the Democratic National Convention, praising Clinton's "grit" and "grace."

Watch (or read) Meryl Streep's acceptance speech

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