Pressed on why he didn’t raise the matter in Thursday’s call, he said: “That was a phone call to discuss other things, and frankly that’s an issue that many people said was fake news.”…

The White House claimed that Trump had not been briefed on the matter because the intelligence was inconclusive.

Multiple outlets subsequently reported that the intelligence was included in the PDB, but that Trump may not have read it.

Trump insisted in the interview that he does read the PDB — “they like to say I don’t read, I read a lot” — but stood by the claim that the matter “never reached my desk” because U.S. intelligence “didn’t think it was real.”