Trump takes credit for exposing fake news as president

Trump takes credit for exposing fake news as president
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE on Thursday claimed credit for exposing "fake news" for what it is, telling a White House youth forum that he used to get great publicity before running for office.

In an interview with conservative activist and Turning Point USA head Charlie Kirk, the president attacked the press, which he says turned on him after he declared his candidacy.

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"All my life I got the greatest publicity, until I ran for office,” Trump said, according to reports. "But there’s a lot of fake news out there, and I’m proud that I exposed it.”

“People really do get it. There is a lot of fake news out there," he added. "Nobody had any idea. I’m actually proud of the fact I exposed it to a large extent. It’s an achievement.”

Trump went on to add that he does respect "some reporters" in national news, but declined to name any specific journalists he thinks are credible.

"You have some great, great reporters … people that I have tremendous respect for,” he said.

Trump has returned to attacks on the news media in recent days over negative coverage of his phone call following the reelection of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In January, the president — along with the Republican National Committee (RNC) — mocked CNN, The Washington Post and other major outlets with the "Fake News Awards," attacking columnists and news organizations by name for spreading what the administration claimed were false stories.

"2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90 percent of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative," the RNC wrote in its announcement of the awards.