President Trump brags about getting highest ratings since 9/11 coverage


President Donald Trump boasted in an interview with the Associated Press over the weekend that his appearance on CBS News talk show "Face the Nation" garnered the highest ratings since "the World Trade Center came down."

"When I go, they go double, triple," Trump said regarding the ratings boost many news shows experience when the president is a guest.

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"On any, on air, (CBS "Face the Nation" host John) Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It's the highest for "Face the Nation" or as I call it, "Deface the Nation." It's the highest for "Deface the Nation" since the World Trade Center.Since the World Trade Center came down. It's a tremendous advantage."

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Trump has a history of sparking controversy with his comments about the terror attacks and aftermath of 9/11. Mere hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001 were carried out, which left nearly 3,000 people dead, Trump claimed in an interview that he now owned the tallest building in Manhattan because the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed.

The president has also claimed, without providing evidence, that he saw people celebrating as they watched the Twin Towers fall.

"Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering," said Trump.

Trump's promotion of ratings isn't new either. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign he often talked about how the media experienced a boom in numbers thanks to his candidacy.

More recently Trump revealed he won't fire White House press secretary Sean Spicer because "That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in."