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Trump: I Brought Highest TV Ratings Since 9/11

| by Lauren Briggs

In an interview released on April 23, President Donald Trump lauded his ability to draw in high numbers of television viewers, saying that more people tuned in to watch him on CBS News' "Face the Nation" than they have since any time after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"It's the highest for 'Face the Nation' or as I call it, 'Deface the Nation,'" Trump told The Associated Press, reported The Washington Post. "It's the highest for 'Deface the Nation' since the World Trade Center came down."

The president explained that he helped the talk show rake in 5.2 million viewers, although The Washington Post was unable to verify any appearance of his that scored more than 4.6 million viewers.

Trump also said Fox News' Chris Wallace drew in nearly 10 million viewers when he spoke to Trump in fall 2016. According to the president, those ratings were "the highest they've ever had."

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"I seem to get very high ratings," he explained. "You know Chris Wallace had 9.2 million people, it's the highest in the history of the show. I have all the ratings for all those morning shows. When I go, they go double, triple."

The president said Fox is one of the better news outlets and elaborated to AP on his stance on "fake news":

I have learned one thing, because I get treated very unfairly, that's what I call it, the fake media. And the fake media is not all of the media. You know they tried to say that the fake media was all the [media], no. The fake media is some of you. I could tell you who it is, 100 percent. Sometimes you're fake, but the fake media is some of the media. It bears no relationship to the truth. It's not that Fox treats me well, it's that Fox is the most accurate.

The president will reach the 100-day mark on April 29, for which John Dickerson of "Face the Nation" is scheduled to interview him.

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"I think the 100 days is an artificial barrier," Trump told AP. "It's not very meaningful. I think I've established amazing relationships that will be used the four or eight years, whatever period of time I'm here. I think for that I would be getting very high marks because I've established great relationships with countries."

Trump has fulfilled 10 of the 38 promises he made for his 100-day plan, including withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, reducing regulations on fossil fuel production and assembling a task force to fight violent crime, notes AP.

Sources: The Washington Post, AP via The Washington Post, AP via Fortune / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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