Here's how Trump has tricked the press into repeating his blatant lies for decades
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The Washington Post has documented more than 10,000 false claims made by President Donald Trump -- but his habit of baldly lying didn't just start when he entered the White House.

CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski on Wednesday looked back at one of the biggest documented lies that Trump told back in the 1990s -- and he said that it represents "a big failure on the part of the media."

The lie in question came in 1994, when Trump tried to gin up publicity for his grand reopening of Mar-a-Lago by planting a false story about British royals Prince Charles and Princess Diana signing up to be paid members.

At the time, there were primarily two sources for the claim: Mar-a-Lago membership director Katharine Merlin and Trump himself.

In a story published by the Associated Press at the time, Merlin said that while she had not personally seen the royals' applications to join the club, Trump himself had assured her that he had "handled" them personally. And it wasn't just the AP -- the New York Times even quoted Trump on the record saying that he personally took care of Charles and Diana's applications.

This was all revealed as a sham, however, when Buckingham Palace put out a statement denying that either Charles or Diana had applied to join the club. Trump responded to this by claiming he had never said they applied -- only that he had offered them memberships.

"It shows how the glitzy claims Trump would make about his wealth or businesses were accepted uncritically for decades by a media desperate to fill coverage space," Kaczynski notes.

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