President Trump declared during his Thursday press conference: "The leaks are real. The news is fake." Trump was insisting that the leaks that informed the media's reports on Trump's campaign aides' alleged contact with senior Russian intelligence officials were "real," but the resulting reports on those very "real" leaks were "fake."
President Trump: “The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake.”
*** Both. Of. Those. Things. Cannot. Be. True. At. The. Same. Time. *** pic.twitter.com/trIcCuU8Sq
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 16, 2017
A reporter later asked Trump to clarify how the two incongruous statements could both be true. "The reporting is fake," Trump said. He went on to explain that because he's "involved," he's able to discern whether something is real or fake. "I know when you're telling the truth and when you're not," Trump said. Becca Stanek