Donald Trump ups media criticisms at CPAC, slams use of anonymous sources after White House uses them

Donald Trump used his first presidential appearance before the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists on Friday to sharply escalate his criticism of the news media and take direct aim at the use of anonymous sources.Story continues belowReporters “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name,” he declared, just hours after members of his own staff held a press briefing and refused to allow their names to be used.“A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible human being, let them say it to my face,” Trump told the Conservative Political Action Committee. “Let there be no more sources.”Members of Trump’s White House team regularly demand anonymity when talking to reporters.READ MORE: Analysis: Donald Trump’s phoney war on ‘fake news’Trump said he wasn’t against all the press, just “the fake news media or press.”“I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources,” he said. “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.”The president has chafed at a number of anonymously sourced stories, including numerous reports describing contacts between his campaign officials and the Russians, which the White House has sharply disputed.READ MORE: U.S. conservatives gather at CPAC convention to celebrate Trump’s win, bury divisions“The fake news doesn’t tell the truth,” Trump insisted. “It doesn’t represent the people. It will never represent the people and we’re going to do something about it.”It was a triumphal return to CPAC for Trump, who was warmly welcomed by a crowd that loves pushback against the mainstream media.WATCH: Betsy DeVos highlights school choice, free speech during CPAC speech

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