Trump references ‘legitimate media and fake-news media’ at meeting with NATO leader

Trump references ‘legitimate media and fake-news media’ at meeting with NATO leader
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE began a bilateral breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday by referring to journalists in the room as members of the "legitimate" and "fake-news media."

"Good morning to the media — the legitimate media and the fake-news media," Trump said, according to a White House transcript. "Good morning to them. A lot of good people here. Surprising."

He did not specify which journalists present he considered reputable.

Other attendees at the bilateral meeting included Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisOnly Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria Mattis returns to board of General Dynamics MORE, White House Chief of Staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo'China will not sit idly by' if US sells fighters to Taiwan, official says The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Iceland's prime minister will not be in town for Pence's visit MORE and U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison.


Trump has frequently labeled the news media as "fake," most recently at a rally in Montana last week.

"They're so damn dishonest," Trump said. "And I don't mean all of them, because some of the finest people I know are journalists, really."

Trump has also taken issue with the way the media has portrayed his relationship with other world leaders. In June, he tweeted "The Fake News Media said that I did not get along with other Leaders at the #G7Summit in Canada. They are once again, WRONG!"

His comment came after a contentious G7 summit that centered on tariffs that the U.S. imposed on allies like the EU and Canada. Trump left the summit early, and the U.S. did not sign the group's joint communique.