In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, former Trump adviser Carter Page said that the president was “talking about making a huge deal out of the fake news and fake news media” and was “trying to make the case that we are not a democracy and we’re not a republic.”
Page, who now works as an adviser to the campaign of House Speaker Paul Ryan, said that Trump has “changed his mind about the fake media, he’s changed his mind on the fake politicians, he wants to make a big deal out and he’s trying to make this the new normal.”
The Trump administration has taken several steps to try to convince Americans that the news is fake, such as using Twitter to post photos of Trump’s inauguration and making a campaign ad with an image of a fake tree and a quote from the president.
The president’s campaign has also used the term “fake news” to describe the media, but that term is not used often in the context of his administration.
Trump and his advisers have been using the term to describe fake news coverage, which has prompted concerns from lawmakers and others.
Page, the Trump campaign adviser, said the president wanted to make it “sound like the fake journalists are trying to take down the president,” CNN reported.
Trump, though, told CNN that he wants Americans to see the news as “fake,” but not fake news itself.
“The fake media is going to try and use it, they’re going to use it against us,” he said.
“The fake news is what I want people to see.
It’s what they’re trying to tell you.
It doesn’t matter what it is.
If you don’t like it, you don-t like it.”