Trump lashes out at AP, calls headline ‘FAKE NEWS!’

President Trump on Wednesday attacked The Associated Press over a headline it had on a story about comments he made on the midterm elections, saying the headline “was very different from my quote and meaning in the story.”

The headline on the AP story from Tuesday reads, “Trump tells AP he won’t accept blame if GOP loses House.”

The president took issue with that language in a Wednesday morning tweet.

“AP headline was very different from my quote and meaning in the story. They just can’t help themselves. FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

The AP reported that, during a wide-ranging interview Tuesday with the president, Trump dismissed the idea that he would be to blame if Republicans lose the House in the upcoming midterms. 

“No, I think I’m helping people,” Trump said. “I don’t believe anybody’s ever had this kind of an impact.”

{mosads}The president also told the AP that he believes he has been doing his job in rallying supporters ahead of Election Day, but he added that some of his supporters have said they won’t vote because he is not on the ballot.

“I’m not running,” he said. “I mean, there are many people that have said to me … ‘I will never ever go and vote in the midterms because you’re not running and I don’t think you like Congress.’ ”

Republicans currently hold majorities in both chambers of Congress, but Democrats are seen as likely to flip the House next month.

Political handicapper FiveThirtyEight says that it is a 75 percent chance that Democrats take back control of the lower chamber.

Though he hasn’t previously gone after The Associated Press, Trump has often used “fake news” to label news reports that do not favor him or his administration. He has specifically targeted outlets including The New York Times, CNN and The Washington Post and has often called the press the “enemy of the people.”

In his interview with the AP, Trump also criticized those who have blamed Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago. 

Turkish officials say that Khashoggi was killed inside the compound.

“I think we have to find out what happened first,” Trump said. “Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that. We just went through that with Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I’m concerned.”

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