Donald Trump's denials: Every time the US President has called 'fake news'

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Donald Trump has made many valuable additions to the English dictionary, from the bountiful African country of Nambia to covfefe, which we believe is some kind of medieval wizard.

But of all the President's many linguistic innovations, our personal favourite is 'fake news.' It seems a lifetime ago that Trump added this phrase to our collective lexicon, and now barely a day goes by without it cropping up somewhere in the news agenda.

Trump has called 'fake news' many times, regularly accusing his critics, and the media, of making up stories (although many would throw that particularly right back at him).

The most recent example has come with the case of Sgt La David Johnson, who died during an attack in Niger. Johnson's mother has claimed Trump told his widow that her son "knew what he was signing up for" but Trump has vehemently rubbished this notion.

Is Trump telling the truth, or is he guilty of fake news himself? We're not here to judge, but here are all the other times he's made such denials.

'The White House is a dump'

In August this year a story on claimed Trump had branded the White House a dump whilst chatting to members. It claimed the President, a keen golfer, said that was why he visited the course in Bedminster, New Jersey so often. However the President denied he ever said this, and of course slammed the story as "fake news."

Unsurprisingly, he used Twitter to hit back at the claims, by saying "I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen. But Fake News said I called it a dump - TOTALLY UNTRUE."

Despite the shouts of fake news, Sports Illustrated journalist Alan Shipnuck maintained that at least eight or nine people had heard his comments on the White House.

Hurricane of controversy

Later, when hurricanes Maria and Irma hit Puerto Rico, Trump was accused of responding slowly to the disaster. His critics suggested he was preoccupied with the controversy surrounding the NFL and the 'take a knee' anthem protests. On Twitter Trump fired off several tweets about the NFL players, but took five days to mention Puerto Rico following the hurricanes.

However Trump said the criticism was unjustified. In fact he claimed Puerto Rico officials had praised the work of his administration rather than complained of its slowness, and said he was not preoccupied by the NFL controversy.

When saying this, however, he claimed both that he has both "plenty of time on my hands" yet went on to say "all I do is work" which we aren't sure quite adds up.

Election campaign allegations

During his election campaign a video emerged from 2005 which appeared to include Trump saying that when he meets women who are beautiful he thinks he can “grab them by the p***y” because "when you're a star they let you do it."

Trump released a video apology where he said "anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it. I am wrong. I apologise".

However he went on to claim that "Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated [her husband's] victims." He then said he'd discuss the matter more in the next few days in the run-up to a debate.

Strictly speaking Trump did not deny the claims he made, but at the debate he did claim he had never kissed or grabbed a woman without their consent. Later several women, including candidates on The Apprentice candidates, accused Trump of making unwanted advances but the billionaire also denied these claims.

From Russia with love?

Several allegations were also made against Trump and his campaign team about colluding with Russia on the run-up to the Presidential election. In February last year Trump once again fell back on his favourite buzzphrase, tweeting: "Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!"

After several other denials, he still continued speaking out against alleged Russian collusion, in May branding it the “greatest witch hunt” in US history. He claimed "there is no collusion, certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero.”

Yet just two months later emails showed Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was talking to a Russian lawyer during the campaign who claimed she had compromising information on Clinton. An investigation is still ongoing about whether this was in fact collusion and whilst it wasn't Trump himself who was involved in this correspondence, critics have claimed it's hard to believe he wouldn't have known about it.