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Trump Clarifies the Media’s Not the Enemy of the People, Just the ‘Fake News’ Media

In his speech at CPAC this morning, President Donald Trump took aim at the media once again, decrying leaks while also claiming that he doesn’t believe the media is the enemy of the American people — just the “fake news media.”

“And I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news,” Trump said. “It’s fake, phony, fake.”

He continued, “A few days ago I called the fake news ‘the enemy of the people,’ and they are. They are the enemy of the people. Because they have no sources. They just make ’em up when there are none.”

The president went on to condemn outlets for using a number of anonymous sources for stories, saying that they “make up sources” and “they’re very dishonest people.” This turned into a riff on how the press covered his infamous tweet about the media being the enemy of the people.

“In fact in covering my comments, the dishonest media did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people, the fake news,” Trump exclaimed. “They dropped off the word ‘fake.’ And all of a sudden, the story became, the media is the enemy. They take the word ‘fake’ out.”

Trump added, “I am only against the fake news media or press. Fake. Fake. They have to leave that word.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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