Trump: I 'really started this whole fake news thing'

Trump: I 'really started this whole fake news thing'
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President Trump said he has successfully convinced the American people that the media is “fake news.”

Trump said during an interview with Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs that he takes credit for branding the media as “fake" and that he “really started this whole fake news thing.”

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“I know a good story from a bad story. But when you have a really good story and they make it bad, I’ll say to my wife, ‘Oh, tonight, I’m going to enjoy watching television because I did great, and wait until you see this,’ ” Trump said. 

“And then, they put it on and it’s like — oh, that’s not so good. They are fake news," he continued.

Trump has repeatedly attacked the media as “fake news” since his presidential campaign.

“If you look at it from the day I started running to now, I’m so proud that I have been able to convince people how fake it is — because it has taken a nosedive,” Trump said.

He added that he would “rather not” tweet but that he has to to show Americans “the truth.”

“It’s not that I want to do that. I’d rather not do it. I would love to not do it at all,” Trump said about tweeting.

“But at least I can put out the truth. And I can put out the real word. And people agree," he said.

Trump also took credit for popularizing the word “fake” during an interview earlier this month.

“I think one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with is ‘fake,' ” Trump told former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) during an interview. “I guess other people have used it, perhaps over the years, but I’ve never noticed it.”