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President Trump said the "real collusion" story was Democrats and cable news pundits accusing him of creating a "manufactured crisis" in his push for a border wall.
Trump spoke with Sean Hannity during a trip to McAllen, Texas, where the Fox News host asked the president for his thoughts on the phrase.
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"I saw on your show actually where you had anchor after anchor using the exact same word. 'It’s manufactured, manufactured,'" Trump said.
"Sounds like they’re in collusion," Hannity chimed in.
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"Yeah, little collusion," Trump said. "That’s the real collusion, OK? That's the real collusion. You take a look because they all use the exact same term. I mean literally the exact same two words.
"It’s a manufactured crisis," Trump continued, parroting the phrase. "No, it’s a manufactured soundbite because it was just a soundbite."
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The president went on to praise Hannity as "real news," and called the proliferation of the word "manufactured" in relation to the border "very sad."
Trump regularly decries unfavorable coverage as "fake news." He has frequently denied he colluded with Russia in the 2016 election amid special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian...
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