CNN host Brian Stelter: Trump is a 'well-documented' liar

CNN host Brian Stelter on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' MORE, calling him a liar and saying his lies have been well-documented.

"President Trump is the leader of the United States. He is also a liar," Stelter said on his show, "Reliable Sources."

"This has been well-documented. Lying was a big part of his business strategy — he called it 'truthful hyperbole.' Now, as commander in chief, he misleads the public constantly."


Stelter addressed public criticism that news outlets have been loath to call Trump a "liar" or use the word "lie" to characterize his falsehoods.

"I understand why many of you want news outlets to use the 'L-word,' 'lie,' more often. You want us to affirm what we all see: that Trump has a truth problem," he said. "You [the public] want us to recognize that it's damaging the country and you want us to rethink how we do our jobs as a result."

Stelter went on to question whether on-air reporters should read the president's tweets aloud — something MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace stopped doing during a report on Friday.

“I’m not reading any more of this,” Wallace said with a laugh on-air Friday. “These are boldface lies and as his audacity and his sort of fantasies expand, I wonder what role you think the truth plays in this for any of them."

Wallace had been in the middle of reading a series of Trump's tweets in which he again attacked the FBI's alleged use of an informant during his campaign, suggesting the agency used a spy to monitor his team improperly before it began its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.