President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that the leaks coming from his administration are real but the reporting based on that information is “fake.” He also complained that he does not deserve the media’s “hatred” because he is “really not a bad person.”
“The leaks are absolutely real,” Trump said during a press conference. “The news is fake, because so much of the news is fake.”
“If the information coming from those leaks is real, then how can the stories be fake?” a reporter pressed.
“The reporting is fake,” Trump insisted. “Here’s the thing, the public isn’t — you know, they read newspapers, they see television, they watch. They don’t know if it’s true or false because they’re not involved. I’m involved.”
Trump said that he has been “involved with this stuff” for his entire life.
“So I know when you are telling the truth or when you’re not. I just see many, many untruthful things,” Trump said. And I’ll tell you what else I see. I see tone. You know the word tone. The tone is such hatred. I’m really not a bad person, by the way.”