The Trump administration will continue to use the term "fake news" to push back on what Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Trump, described as media outlets' "monumental desire" to "attack a duly elected president."
"There is a monumental desire on behalf of the majority of the media — not just the pollsters — the majority of the media to attack a duly elected president in the second week of his term," Gorka told conservative radio host Michael Medved, whose show is syndicated across the country.
"That's how unhealthy the situation is, and until the media understands how wrong that attitude is, and how it hurts their credibility, we are going to continue to say 'fake news.' "
The president and senior members of the administration have dubbed national outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN as "fake news" in critiques both before and after the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Trump himself has repeatedly used the term on Twitter.
Gorka’s criticism of the media also touched on the administration's statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which sparked controversy because it did not explicitly mention Jewish victims.
"It's a Holocaust remembrance statement," Gorka said. "No, I'm not going to admit it. Because it's asinine. It's absurd. You're making a statement about the Holocaust. Of course, it's about the Holocaust because that's what the statement's about. It's only reasonable to twist it if your objective is to attack the president."
Gorka has been making the media rounds more than most administration officials as of late, speaking with NPR and Fox News. He also ended the administration’s alleged snubbing of CNN last Wednesday when he made an appearance on "The Lead" with Jake Tapper.
It marked the first time an administration official had appeared on the network since Trump's presidency began on Jan. 20.
Gorka is the author of "Defeating Jihad" and a former Fox News contributor and national security editor for Breitbart News.