Gorka calls Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants ‘fake news’ 

Former White House adviser Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaGorka says subway murder proves illegal immigration 'is a national security threat' Dems call for revoking Kushner's security clearance Christie says Trump hired 'riffraff' in new book MORE on Thursday claimed that the comments President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE made in which he called Mexican immigrants “rapists” was “fake news.”

“This is also a man who launched a presidential campaign on the back of a racist birther conspiracy against the former president, who called Mexicans rapists,” Hill.TV co-host Krystal Ball said.

"That’s fake news, my dear. ... He said that they don’t send their best and some of them are rapists and criminals,” Gorka said during the tense exchange.

When Ball continued to press him further on Trump's comments, Gorka said: “Don’t do it, you’re doing fake news – Ladies and gentlemen, fake news.”

During his campaign announcement in 2015, Trump described Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and as “bringing crime” into the U.S.

The president recently appeared to double-down on these comments during a rally in Pennsylvania this month, saying his criticism on Mexican immigrants was “peanuts” compared to the truth.

"They said, 'Did he say this? Did he say that?' " Trump told the crowd. "Guess what: What I said is peanuts compared to what turns out to be the truth. It's peanuts.”

Gorka also defended Trump’s “birther” claims, saying “Donald Trump doesn’t have a racist molecule in his body.”

Trump repeatedly touted the idea that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, although at one point he acknowledged that “President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Obama goes viral after sporting black bomber jacket with '44' on sleeve at basketball game Obama attends UNC-Duke basketball game MORE was born in the United States — period.”

At the time, President Obama dismissed Trump’s claims, joking ”I was pretty confident about where I was born."

— Tess Bonn