Trump rails against anonymous sources, but he used to be one, says Fox panelist

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‘They make the sources up’: Trump blasts media over anonymous sources
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted the use of anonymous sources by the media during a rally in Montana – Jul 5, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump had plenty to say about the media’s use of anonymous sources at a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, a Fox Business Network (FBN) correspondent said Trump had been one of his own unnamed sources in the past.

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The occasion for the remarks was a rally on behalf of State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in the midterm elections in November.

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In a speech that touched on numerous topics, Trump lambasted journalists for using anonymous sources in their stories.

Here’s what he said:

“Seventy-five per cent of those people are downright dishonest, downright dishonest.

“They’re fake. They’re fake. They quote sources, a source within the Trump Organization said, a source, they don’t have a source, they never use names anymore.

“You know in the old days, you have to use names. Jim Smith said that Donald Trump is a bad guy. They don’t do that anymore.

“They say a source within the administration, they make the sources up, they don’t exist in many cases.”

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For all that Trump had to say about anonymous sources, Fox Business Network correspondent Charles Gasparino had plenty more.

In a series of tweets, he noted that Trump himself had acted as one of his anonymous sources for “years.”

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Gasparino went on to say that he has always personally had good relations with Trump but that his “anonymous source schtick is complete BS he knows it.”

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This is far from the first time that the issues of anonymous sources and leaked information have cropped up since Trump took office.

Last July, Trump’s then-communications director Anthony Scaramucci vowed to crack down on leakers, taking aim at then-chief of staff Reince Priebus as one of his suspects.

Scaramucci was later fired after he reportedly spent only 10 days on the job — though he himself insisted he lasted 11 days.

The firing came after The New Yorker published a story about Scaramucci calling a reporter to rant about leakers.

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Anonymous sources weren’t the only topic that Trump delved into on Thursday.

He took a shot at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas” to challenge her claim of Indigenous ancestry.

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Trump also took shots at Therese Okoumou, the activist who climbed the Statue of Liberty in protest of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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“You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty, you saw the guys that went up there?” Trump asked the Montana crowd.

“I wouldn’t have done it! I would have said, let’s get some nets and let’s wait until she comes down.”

  • With files from The Associated Press

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