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Trump Says Reporters Are 'Not Good People'

Calls ABC News reporter a 'sleaze'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2016 1:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – You'd think Donald Trump would be used to journalists fact-checking. But after questions were raised about the $6 million he claimed to have raised for veterans while skipping a Fox News debate in January, Trump slammed reporters Tuesday as "not good people" and called one in particular a "sleaze," reports USA Today. Speaking from Trump Tower, he said the "unbelievably dishonest" press is publishing stories that are "probably libelous" and "make me look very bad. I have never received such bad publicity for doing a good job." He then referred to ABC News journalist Tom Llamas as "a sleaze." "You're a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well," he said, per Politico.

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Trump then clarified that he had donated $5.6 million to veterans groups—including $1 million out of his own pocket—most of which was sent out "very early." Some, however, "went out more recently" because it took time for groups to be vetted, Trump said; money allotted for Project for Patriots is being held because "they don't have all of their appropriate" documentation, he added. Democrats argue Trump only donated the money after reporters raised questions. But Trump, who was flanked by veterans, countered that it was all done "out of the goodness of my heart." Veterans gathered outside to protest the presumptive Republican nominee, but Trump said they were sent by rival Hillary Clinton, who has donated "nothing." (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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