President Donald Trump said he gets along with Chinese President Xi Jinping because “he’s called president also” in a bizarre Fox Business interview Wednesday.
Speaking with host Lou Dobbs, Trump said, “I just spoke to the president of China. Just spoke to him a few minutes ago.”
“He’s been given powers that nobody’s ever seen,” Trump explained. “He’s a powerful man, I happen to think he’s a very good person. Now with that being said, he represents China, I represent the U.S.A. So, you know, there’s always going to be conflict.”
“We have a very good relationship,” he added. “People say we have the best relationship of any president-president, because he’s called president also. Now, some people might call him the king of China. But he’s called president.”
— Isaac Adler (@IsaacAdlerNY) October 26, 2017
Nobody calls Jinping the “king of China,” though from the sound of it, Trump may have before an adult in the West Wing corrected him.
Trump also falsely took credit for coining the term “fake news,” a phrase that was actually popularized by journalists assailing pro-Trump propaganda outlets like Infowars and Breitbart on social media, which the president later used to attack the very journalists who used the term.
“Lou, they put on stories and CNN, and on NBC, and CBS, and ABC, and NBC being an offshoot also with the MSNBC, which is ridiculous,” Trump said. “They put on stories that are so false. They have so-called sources that, in my opinion, don’t exist. You know, they’ll say, ‘Sources have said,’ they don’t know.”
“They make it up. It is so dishonest. It is so fake,” he continued. “And you know, I have come up with some pretty good names for people. There’s ― I think one of the best names is ― you know, I’ve really started this whole fake news thing. Now they’ve turned it around and then, now they’re calling, you know, stories put out by different ― by Facebook fake. And they’re fake.”
Trump bragged that he’s “proud” he’s been able to discredit journalism.
“If you look at it from the day I started running to now, I’m so proud that I have been able to convince people how fake it is ― because it has taken a nosedive,” he said. “Except for your show, of course ― and Sean [Hannity], and a few of them. Right?”
Dobbs, in usual form, used the interview to heap praise on dear leader, touting him as one of the most “loved and respected” presidents in history.
Dobbs, who previously said Trump’s first 100 days were “pretty close to perfect” and earlier this month said his “may be the most accomplished presidency in modern American history,” told his audience that Trump is “changing the country for the better.”
“You are, if I may say, everything as advertised as you ran for president,” Dobbs told Trump. “And [I] appreciate everything you’re doing.”
Trump heaped praise back, telling Dobbs he watches his show “absolutely almost all the time, even if it means TiVo or whatever device you happen to be using at the time.”