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Trump Slams 'Fake CNN' for Taking His 'Please, Russia, Hack Hillary' Joke Literally

President Donald Trump meets with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

OXON HILL, Md. — On Saturday, President Donald Trump mocked the “fake news” media at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He pointed out the egregious error the media made when they took seriously what he clearly intended as a joke: his asking Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“If you tell a joke, if you’re sarcastic, if you’re having fun with the audience, if you’re on live television with millions of people and 25,000 people in an arena, and if you say something like ‘Russia, please, if you can, get us Hillary Clinton’s emails. Please, Russia, please!'” Trump began.

The CPAC audience interrupted him with loud applause and shouts of “Lock Her Up!”

“So everybody’s having a good time. I’m laughing, we’re all having fun, and then that fake CNN and others say, ‘He asked Russia to go get the emails,'” Trump explained.

The media has continued the narrative, and the president mocked them for it.

“I saw it like two weeks ago, and I’m watching … ‘He asked Russia for the email.’ These people are sick,” Trump said.

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