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Trump’s war on anonymous sources

President Donald Trump, pictured in the Oval Office of the White House on February 24, said the wall between Mexico and the US will be built ‘soon’ way ahead of schedule’. Picture: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.

Unleashing a line of attack that energised an enthusiastic crowd at the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said Friday that unethical reporters “make up stories and make up sources.”

“They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name,” he declared.

“Let their name be put out there.”

Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference that while not all reporters are bad, the “fake news” crowd “doesn’t represent the people. It will never represent the people and we’re going to do something about it….

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