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'i don't know what newspaper you're reading'

'America First' President Trump deems reports he's an isolationist 'fake news'

President Trump, who launched his presidency with a populist inaugural speech championing "America First," scoffed Friday when a German reporter asked him if he was an isolationist. "I am not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination," Trump said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to the White House on Friday. "So I don't know what newspaper you're reading, but I guess that would be another example of — as you say — 'fake news.'"

Trump insisted that he did not believe in an isolationist policy, but a "fair" trade policy. "The United States has been treated very, very unfairly by many countries over the years, and that's going to stop," Trump said. "But I'm not an isolationist. I'm a free trader, but I'm also a fair trader. And our free trade has led to a lot of bad things happening."