President Donald Trump utilized aspect of his speech at an annual gathering of conservatives now to take aim at reporters' use of anonymous sources, but failed to note that he utilizes unidentified sources himself.
"They should not be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," Trump mentioned in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
The president didn't mention that his White House like every single preceding administration has officials serve as unnamed sources frequently as a way of informing reporters of policy and operational matters. The media also makes use of anonymous sources to shield the identity of people today who might worry retribution for sharing sensitive data.
Hours prior to the president spoke at the conservative conference, for instance, the White House invited reporters to a "background briefing" where it was insisted upon that the media not reveal the names of officials holding the information session.
There are also examples from before, during and just after Trump's presidential campaign when he produced claims without the need of attributing his sources.
Over numerous years, Trump applied unidentified sources to claim that former President Obama was not born in the United States, which if accurate would have made him unqualified to be president.
For example, Trump tweeted in August 2012: "An 'extremely credible source' has referred to as my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud."
An 'extremely credible source' has known as my workplace and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.
Not till September 2016, immediately after Trump became the Republican nominee for president, did he publicly acknowledge that Obama was born in the U.S.
A different example of Trump's generating a claim with no specific sources came in November 2015, when he asserted that he saw "thousands" of people today in the United States cheering the attacks on Sept. 11 that brought down the Globe Trade Center.
In the course of an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Trump stated he "watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, exactly where thousands and thousands of people today had been cheering as that creating was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering."
At a campaign event the day after the interview, he doubled down on that assertion.
"Lo and behold I commence getting telephone calls in my office by the hundreds, that they were there and they saw this take location on the net," Trump stated in Ohio.
ABC News checked a range of footage from the time of the attacks and the weeks after, getting no basis for his claim.
Months later in May well 2016, Trump repeated an unverified report from The National Enquirer -- which based its story on anonymous sources -- that the father of one particular of his GOP principal opponents, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, had been photographed with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald killed former President John F. Kennedy.
"I mean, what was he doing — what was he performing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly ahead of the death? Before the shooting?" Trump mentioned throughout an interview with Fox News. "It's horrible."
The Cruz campaign immediately denied the claims produced by The Enquirer and criticized Trump for his remarks.
ABC News' Jon Karl and Serena Marshall contributed to this report.
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