Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE said on Monday that Americans are rejecting portrayals of him in the news.

“The public is not a big believer in the press, which tells you the public is really very smart,” the GOP presidential candidate told host David Feherty on the Golf Channel’s “Feherty” in excerpts released before their interview later that evening.


“When I got to the top of the polls, I was getting articles that were unbelievable that had nothing to do with the truth,” he said. “They were just writing stuff.

“They don’t really want to hear the truth,” added Trump of the media.

Trump admitted on Monday that there is prevailing narrative in the media that he is arrogant and narcissistic.

“It’s true,” he said after Feherty asked if certain people believe he is a “world-class asshole.”

“I know a lot of people don’t like me but they don’t know me,” the outspoken billionaire said. “I’ll hear that, ‘Oh, so-and-so can’t stand you’ and I’ve never met them.

“I think that when I meet people they feel I’m a different person,” Trump added. “I get to know them and they actually like me. I think it’s probably a positive.”

Trump additionally revealed he sees his past in real estate as different from his current role in politics.

“When you’re a businessman, especially when you’re a big businessman, it’s hard to sort of give up your life,” he said. “I have a lot of life, [but] I loved running.

“When you’re a politician, you lose or you win, and then you go on to the next one,” he said. “You lose, or you win.

“Being a politician is not easy, and when you do well with it, it is certainly not easy,” the New York mogul added.

Trump’s remarks come as he leads the hunt for next year’s Republican presidential nomination across multiple polls.

He currently ranks first in that contest with 30.4 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.

Trump is additionally an avid golfer who owns multiple courses worldwide. 

He previously conducted an interview with Feherty in 2012 amid speculation he would seek the Oval Office that election cycle.