President Trump says “Leaks are Real, but the News is Fake”

President Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Trump calls reports of Russian influence “fake news” and a “fabricated deal.”  In a White House news conference, Trump insisted that he has no ties to Russia, then he scolded the media. Trump said the leaks are real, but the news is fake.  He added, quote — “I own nothing in Russia, I have no loans in Russia, I have no deals in Russia.”  Trump repeated a claim that leaks of classified information led to the downfall of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.  Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation amid growing questions about links to Russia.  Trump praised Flynn and said he didn’t do anything wrong.