Trump tells troops press isn't reporting on terrorism: 'They have their reasons and you understand that'

President Donald Trump on Monday accused the press of not reporting instances of terrorism.

In a speech in front of military leaders at United States Central Command, the Pentagon agency covering security interests in nations throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, Trump suggested that the media was covering up instances of terror attacks.

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U.S. President Donald Trump is welcomed as he speaks to commanders and coalition representatives during a visit to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump attends a lunch with members of the U.S. military during a visit at the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) headquarters in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to commanders and coalition representatives during a visit to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Air Force One after visiting U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017.

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A seat on a table reserved for Senior Counselor Steve Bannon is seen during a lunch attended by U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) during his visit to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) headquarters in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to commanders and coalition representatives during a visit to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump attends a lunch with members of the U.S. military during a visit at the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) headquarters in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017.

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White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller preps the lectern prior to a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he arrives at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017.

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US President Donald Trump speaks following a visit to the US Central Command and Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base on February 6, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.

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US President Donald Trump arrives for lunch with troops during a visit to the US Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base on February 6, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. Trump on Monday paid his first visit to US Central Command, meeting officers who will form the tip of the spear in implementing his new strategy to defeat the Islamic State group.

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US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with CENTCOM Commander Joseph Votel (R) as he arrives on stage to speak following a visit to the US Central Command and Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base on February 6, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. President Donald Trump on Monday paid his first visit to US Central Command, meeting officers who will form the tip of the spear in implementing his new strategy to defeat the Islamic State group.

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"All over Europe, it's happening," Trump said. "It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that."

Trump didn't cite any examples of attacks that were not being reported on by the press.

"So today we deliver a message in a very unified voice to these forces of death and destruction: America and its allies will defeat you," Trump continued.

Trump also said in the speech that the terrorist group ISIS is "on a campaign of genocide committing atrocities across the world."

His comments came as one of his top advisers, Kellyanne Conway, recently cited the "Bowling Green massacre" to help justify Trump's executive order temporarily banning entry to the US by nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries.

But such a massacre never happened, and Conway later clarified that she was referring to an incident involving two Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The Iraqi nationals were indicted on federal terrorism charges accusing them, in part, of providing material support to Al Qaeda in Iraq, but they were not found to be planning an attack in the US.

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