Others also weighed in.
“That’s his definition of fake news — anything that he doesn’t like. That’s actually not the definition of fake!” CNN’s Jake Tapper, whom the administration has often singled out for his tenacity during press briefings, during an appearance on The View.
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.@jaketapper responds to Trump's latest attack on the media where the president claims "91% of network news about me is negative (fake)": "That's his definition of fake news — anything that he doesn't like. That's actually not the definition of fake!" https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/7pv7YrQcMv
— The View (@TheView) May 9, 2018
Chris Cillizza, whose often scathing minute-by-minute editorials and examinations on the president’s actions have contributed to the president’s disdain for CNN, observed: “Any time President Trump says ‘fake news’ sub in the words ‘bad for me.’ That’s what he really means anyway.”
Any time President Trump says "fake news" sub in the words "bad for me."
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 9, 2018
The president’s outburst comes just a day after The Washington Post and other news outlets confirmed that Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer and fixer, received $500,000 from New York investment firm Columbus Nova, which retained Cohen as a consultant “regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.” The firm is the affiliate of the Renova Group, founded by Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian business magnate.
Cohen has found himself at the center of the questions regarding a payment Stephanie Clifford, an adult film actress better known as Stormy Daniels, received from him as part of the non-disclosure agreement to keep her from discussing a sexual encounter with Trump back in 2006, while he was married to his current wife, Melania, and just a few months after Melania gave birth to their son, Barron. A separate lawsuit filed by Clifford contends that Cohen initiated a “bogus arbitration” hearing against her without notifying her beforehand, and a copy of the restraining order against Clifford confirms that the judge made a “one-party” ruling that did not require her to be notified.
Cohen has claimed that he paid Clifford out of his own pocket and that the president never reimbursed him for the settlement. But during a highly publicized 60 Minutes broadcast, Clifford’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, presented documents showing that the payment was sent to Cohen at his Trump Tower location, and communicated through his official Trump Organization email, indicating that he made the payment on Trump’s behalf. Analysts have posited that the exchange of funds could well be an illegal campaign expenditure on Trump’s behalf.
Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Clifford, yesterday circulated a document detailing Cohen’s connections to the Russian oligarch.
Here is a new link to our Executive Summary as the old link is no longer active. https://t.co/DabZ44dWgK
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 9, 2018
The Washington Post‘s confirmation lends further credibility to Clifford’s claims that Cohen and the president attempted to silence her, an account over which the president, most recently through his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has only continued to contradict himself.