CNN’s Zeleny: When Trump Says ‘We Now Call It Spygate,’ He Means His Advisers and Fox Newsers

During his brief remarks to reporters this afternoon, President Trump not only stood by his labeling of this FBI informant controversy “Spygate,” but he said, “We now call it Spygate.”

He also told the press, “You’re calling it Spygate.”

This comes on the heels of Trump himself calling it that on Twitter this morning after his initial “demand” on Sunday to the DOJ regarding this issue, saying, “SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!”

After the President’s remarks ended this afternoon, CNN’s John King brought on Jeff Zeleny and rather pointedly rebutted Trump’s claim: “No, we’re not.”

Zeleny said of course not, but noted what Trump’s “we” actually refers to:

“When the President says ‘a lot of people are saying,’ he’s true in some respects, but that is people who are on one channel, one spectrum, if you will. And those are many of his advisors, including some who work for Fox News, quite frankly. Sean Hannity is essentially an advisor to this president, others are as well, so some spectrums are calling it ‘Spygate.'”

The CNN White House correspondent added that this episode fits a pattern of President Trump picking up on “a potential rumor” and then setting off “a days-long conspiracy theory” that captures the media’s attention.

This, of course, would not be the first use of “Spygate” to describe a scandal…

Watch above, via CNN.

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