In a new interview, President Trump praised his use of the word “fake,” saying he thinks it’s “one of the greatest” terms he’s used.
“I think one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with is ‘fake,’ ” Trump said in an interview with TBN host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R). “I guess other people have used it, perhaps over the years, but I’ve never noticed it.”
Trump has often used the term in reference to the media and news coverage throughout his campaign and presidency.
Trump’s remarks came as he defended his administration from criticism following the response to the crisis in Puerto Rico. He said the media coverage of the trip was unfair. Pointing to a specific example, he defended tossing paper towels into a crowd at a church during the visit.
“They had these beautiful, soft towels, very good towels. And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people, and they were screaming and they were loving everything,” Trump said. “I was having fun, they were having fun.”
“They said, ‘throw ‘em to me! Throw ‘em to me Mr. President!’ ” Trump said, before pantomiming shooting a basketball in the same way he tossed the paper towels.
“So the next day they said, ‘oh it was so disrespectful to the people.’ It was just a made-up thing. And also when I walked in, the cheering was incredible,” he continued.
Trump also accused the media of “taking away the spirit of the country” in the interview.
Trump previously told Puerto Ricans “don’t believe the fake news” about his administration’s response to the storm.